History

History

Company


Family-run business steeped in tradition since 1863

In the beginning, the company focused on manufacturing tools and machine blades in its own production facility in Remscheid, Germany. The first bevel gear hobbing machine came in 1923, along with a minor revolution in the market – brought about by a cutter head that could be adjusted to a range of taper angles. Today, the company has four production locations in Europe and a global network of sales and service offices employing 1,300 people in all. This success didn’t come from nowhere: With over 100 granted patents to its name, the KLINGELNBERG Group has set international standards in its key areas – the development and production of machines for bevel gear and cylindrical gear processing, precision measuring centers for gearing and axially symmetrical components, and the production of high-precision drive components.

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  • 1991
  • 1989
  • 1964
  • 1951
  • 1923
  • 1922
  • 1916
  • 1908
  • 1900
  • 1897
  • 1868
  • 1863

2017

First Introduction of the new Höfler Cylindrical Gear Grinding Machine Speed Viper at the exhibition EMO 2017 (Hanover, Germany) and Gear Expo 2017 (Columbus, USA): With this new development, Klingelnberg is celebrating a market premiere: new construction, a completely revised, ergonomically optimized design and with Gear Operator a newly developed operating concept focusing on a simple, innovative operating philosophy.

2017

First introduction of the Precision Measuring Center P 16 G for "seamless" workpiece measurements at the Exhibition Control 2017, Stuttgart, Germany.

2016

At the fourth annual Industry 4.0. convention, Klingelnberg was chosen by the trade journal Produktion and the consulting firm ROI Management Consulting AG to receive the eponymous award for its system in the "Integration of Design and Production" category at the end of November, 2016.

2015

First introduction of the Precision Measuring Center P 16 at the Exhibition Control 2015, Stuttgart, Germany.

2013

First presentation of Bevel Gear Cutting Machine C 30 with intuitive operating concept with trend-setting touch technology and Gear Grinding Machine VIPER 500 for maximum flexibility in the grinding process at EMO Hanover, Germany.

2012

Acquisition of core business Höfler Maschinenbau GmbH in Ettlingen, Germany.

2010

Inauguration of new company headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.

2008

Commissioning of the world's most modern production site for large bevel gears in Winterhagen/Hueckeswagen, Germany.

2007

Presentation of crankshaft measuring on Klingelnberg Precision Measuring Centers series P.

2007

Presentation of the Oerlikon Bevel Gear Cutting Machine C 50 at EMO 2007 Hanover, Germany. Vertical concept for the production of spiral bevel gears used in trucks.

2005

Presentation of the Oerlikon Bevel Gear Cutting Machine C 29 as the first vertical high performance machine specially designed for dry cutting of spiral bevel gears.

2004

P 26 - the first part of a new range of Precision Measuring Centers. Acquisition of 100% of shares of CM Digit, Ettlingen.

2004

Klingelnberg goes into the 7th Generation. After a period of 35 years Mr. Diether Klingelnberg has officially transfered the responsibilities of the Klingelnberg Group and its employees to his son Jan Klingelnberg. This step will represent the handing-over of the organization to the 7th generation within the family. Diether Klingelnberg constantly extend the Klingelnberg Group in the past. The development of state of the art manufacturing technologies ensures a top position status within the field of system solutions incorporating the applications spiral bevel gear production, gear inspection technology and parallel axis gears.

2003

Invention of a new range of Oerlikon Bevel Gear Grinding Machines G 27 / G 60 with vertical concept.

2002

Complete range of dry cutting machines: Oerlikon C 27 - C 42 - C 60. First time market leader for bevel gear equipment.

2001

ARCON® / SPIRON® cutting tools for dry cutting. Developement of the 3F blade grinding technology.

2000

Presentation of the new generation of CNC-controlled universal hobbing machines, series C/U.

1999

Presentation of the new generation of P-measuring machines for measuring all gearing-relevant workpieces and tools.

1997

Invention of dry cutting process for bevel gears by introducing the C-Machine. Oerlikon C 28 Spiral bevel gear generating machine.

1996

Acquisition of Zeiss-Industrielle-Meßtechnik (Höfler) in Ettlingen, Germany.

1993

Takeover of Oerlikon Geartec AG - Zurich, Switzerland.

1991

Joint Venture with Oerlikon, Switzerland. Invention of CNC-lapping and -testing by Oerlikon Geartec, Zurich, Switzerland.

1989

Acquisition of grinding technology by take over of Dr.-Ing. Wiener GmbH.

1964

The Klingelnberg trademark during the course of its history. The trademarks of the Berg scythe business, the forerunner of the Remscheid tool industry, go back to the year 1600. They were held in high regard as an old family possession. Upon the proprietor‘s death, the eldest son inherited. In 1678 the Remscheid traders attained approval for the forge to provide a third of the goods manufactured by it with the traders‘ trademark.

1951

First subsidiaries abroad.

1923

The first hobbing machine built in the Hückeswagen factory, model FK 150, year of manufacture 1923. Particularly remarkable on this model was the ability to adjust the cutting head to different angles of taper. The cutter used had an angle of taper of 40°.

1922

Production of machines for gear manufacture with the Palloid-System. The history of Klingelnberg gearing is rich in renunciations, trouble and set-backs. When Klingelnberg picked up this problem, those involved had no idea how much patience and tenacity, how much knowledge and skill, and not least, how much conviction to fight were required to perfect Schicht´s invention.

1916

Transfer of tool production to Hückeswagen. The small old town of Hückeswagen in the Bergisch region with its castle and Pauluskirche.

1908

Start of the production of tools and machine knives in Remscheid.

1900

At the age of 19, Gustav Adolf Klingelnberg (1900) began his work in the company, 1902 he became an associate.

1897

After the death of her husband Julius on March, 17, 1897 and, for weeks later, of her son, the destiny of the the company was in the hands of Hulda Klingelnberg.

1868

Fonder of the company W. Ferd. Klingelnberg, Söhne (Ernst and Julius Klingelnberg)

1863

The Klingelnberg company was founded 1863 in a typical Berg slate house. Belonging to the house was a second building located a little behind it, with similar road-facing slated facade, and constructed of white-washed framework. It was the type of building used by many small Remscheid businesses for their modest production and store-rooms. The house was located at Birgerkamp in Remscheid.

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