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Groundbreaking innovations, global customer orientation, and strategic corporate decisions have always shaped Schaeffler as a company.

Company history

The foundation for the company as it is today was laid in 1946 when brothers Dr. Wilhelm Schaeffler and Dr.-Ing. E.h. Georg Schaeffler founded Industrie GmbH. The company's rise began in 1949 when Dr. Georg Schaeffler invented the needle roller bearing cage, which was swiftly followed by the large-scale production of INA needle roller bearings for the German automotive industry.

The Schaeffler brothers jointly founded LuK Lamellen und Kupplungsbau GmbH in Bühl in 1965. The company became the market's technological leader with its very first innovative product, the diaphragm spring clutch. LuK is one of the world's biggest clutch manufacturers and a drive train specialist, and has been part of Schaeffler since 1999.

The FAG brand is inextricably linked with the rolling bearing industry. In Schweinfurt, Germany, Friedrich Fischer designed a ball mill in 1883 that allowed machines to be used for the first time to produce steel balls with high precision and in large volumes. This idea is considered the historic beginning of the rolling bearing industry, which then started its widespread success around the globe from Schweinfurt. FAG (Fischers Aktiengesellschaft) has been a registered trademark since 1905 and, together with INA and LuK, has been an essential component of the Schaeffler Group since its acquisition by Schaeffler in 2001.

  • 1883: Friedrich Fischer invents the ball grinding machine in Schweinfurt, Germany

    1883

    Friedrich Fischer invents the ball grinding machine in Schweinfurt, Germany


    1946: Establishment of Industrie GmbH in Herzogenaurach, today Schaeffler AG

    1946

    Establishment of Industrie GmbH in Herzogenaurach, today Schaeffler AG


    1949: Development of the cage-guided needle roller bearing by Dr.-Ing. E.h. Georg Schaeffler

    1949

    Development of the cage-guided needle roller bearing by Dr.-Ing. E.h. Georg Schaeffler

  • 1883: Erfindung der Kugelschleifmaschine durch Friedrich Fischer in Schweinfurt

    1955

    The first linear guidance system – the foundation of the new Linear Technology business unit


    1957: First foreign plant: with six employees, needle roller production starts in Llanelli, Great Britain.

    1957

    First foreign plant: with six employees, needle roller production starts in Llanelli, Great Britain.


    1965: LuK introduces the diaphragm spring clutch in Europe

    1965

    LuK introduces the diaphragm spring clutch in Europe


    1965: Establishment of LuK Lamellen und Kupplungsbau GmbH in Bühl, Germany (in cooperation with INA)

    1965

    Establishment of LuK Lamellen und Kupplungsbau GmbH in Bühl, Germany (in cooperation with INA)


    1971: Bucket tappet: INA supplies volumeproduced hydraulic valve lash adjustment elements

    1971

    Bucket tappet: INA supplies volumeproduced hydraulic valve lash adjustment elements


    1976: Establishment of LuK Autoteile- Service GmbH in Langen, Germany, today Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket

    1976

    Establishment of LuK Autoteile- Service GmbH in Langen, Germany, today Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket

  • 1985: The LuK dual mass flywheel sets new standards in the insulation of drive train noise

    1985

    The LuK dual mass flywheel sets new standards in the insulation of drive train noise


    1992: The first INA plant in Asia is set up in Korea

    1992

    The first INA plant in Asia is set up in Korea


    1999: Acquisition of all LuK shares

    1999

    Acquisition of all LuK shares

  • 2001: Acquisition of FAG Kugelfischer Georg Schäfer AG located in Schweinfurt, Germany

    2001

    Acquisition of FAG Kugelfischer Georg Schäfer KGaA located in Schweinfurt, Germany


    2002: FAG launches the E1 spherical roller bearing

    2002

    FAG launches the E1 spherical roller bearing


    2003: INA, LuK, and FAG form the “Schaeffler Group”

    2003

    INA, LuK, and FAG form the “Schaeffler Group”


    2007: New plants in India, China, and Hungary, as well as an R&D center in China

    2007

    New plants in India, China, and Hungary, as well as an R&D center in China


    2008: Dry double clutch from LuK is put into volume production at Volkswagen

    2008

    Dry double clutch from LuK is put into volume production at Volkswagen


    2009: UniAir – the world’s first fully-variable hydraulic valve control system

    2009

    UniAir – the world’s first fully-variable hydraulic valve control system


  • 2011: Start of volume production for the FAG sensor bottom bracket for e-bikes

    2011

    Start of volume production for the FAG sensor bottom bracket for e-bikes


    2012: Schaeffler receives 32 awards for excellent quality – more than ever before

    2012

    Schaeffler receives 32 awards for excellent quality – more than ever before


    2013: The Schaeffler Academy, which combines all of the Schaeffler Group’s training programs worldwide, is founded.

    2013

    The Schaeffler Academy, which combines all of the Schaeffler Group’s training programs worldwide, is founded.


    2013: The third generation of Schaeffler’s electric axle, presented in Schaeffler’s ACTIVeDRIVE, becomes a promising pilot production product.

    2013

    The third generation of Schaeffler’s electric axle, presented in Schaeffler’s ACTIVeDRIVE, becomes a promising pilot production product.


    2014

    100 Millionth Dual Mass Flywheel


    2014: Schaeffler opens its first Russian plant Ulyanovsk, from which it supplies high-quality products to both domestic and overseas automobile manufacturers as well as to the railway industry.

    2014

    Schaeffler opens its first Russian plant Ulyanovsk, from which it supplies high-quality products to both domestic and overseas automobile manufacturers as well as to the railway industry.

    2015

    Schaeffler successfully completes its initial public offering on October 9, 2015 under the motto "We share our success".

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