Company history

This Jungheinrich time line details the early beginnings of the mechanical engineering company in 1953 right through to the huge service corporation that it has become today.

2013The new factory of Jungheinrich Lift Truck Manufacturing Co., Ltd. in Qingpu, Shanghai has put into production
2011Official turning of the first sod for the new factory of Jungheinrich Lift Truck Manufacturing Co., Ltd. in Qingpu (District Shanghai)
Foundation stone laid for new spare parts center in Kaltenkirchen
2010Trial operation of powder coating installation at Norderstedt plant
Expansion product portfolio: Introduction of „Warehouse-Management-System“ (WMS)
2009Inauguration of Landsberg plant (production of battery-powered low-platform trucks)
2007New company structure: Roll out of German sales, export sales, Norderstedt plant and Norderstedt spare parts logistics into autonomous limited partnerships
Inauguration of Spare Parts Logistics Centre Bratislava, Slovakia
50.000 Jungheinrich 48-Volt electric counterbalance trucks delivered
2006Establishment of assembly plant in Qingpu/China
Establishment of plant for the purpose of refurbishing used forklifts in Dresden/Germany
Establishment of sales subsidiary in Thailand
Establishment of sales subsidiary in Ukraine
2005100,000 Jungheinrich forklift trucks delivered with AC technology
Presentation of the world’s first rotating cabin lift truck
2004Foundation of market company in China
Foundation of market company in Finland
Joint venture with Ningbo Ruyi (P.R. China) for the supply of Jungheinrich hand pallet trucks
Closure of production plants in Argentan (F), Leighton Buzzard (UK) and Madrid
2003Establishment of sales subsidiary in Latvia
Establishment of sales subsidiary in Lithuania
August 7th: 50 Years Jungheinrich
Establishment of sales subsidiary in Russia
2002Establishment of sales subsidiary in Brazil
Inauguration of Spare Parts Logistics Centre Lahr, near Offenburg
2001Establishment of sales subsidiary in Ireland
Jungheinrich and Linde set up the e-commerce company Supralift
2000Establishment of sales subsidiary in Singapore
Establishment of sales subsidiary in Turkey
Establishment of sales subsidiary in Greece
Establishment of Jungheinrich Lift Truck Corp., USA
1999Introduction of newly developed hand pallet trucks - between 1957 and 1999 nearly 2,500,000 hand pallet trucks had been produced
October 20th - "100th anniversary" of the founder Dr. F. Jungheinrich
1998Establishment of sales subsidiary in Portugal
Received certificate for Jungheinrich's environmental management standard (DIN ISO 14001)
Developed first reach truck Retrak® ETV 14 for wheel chair drivers
1997Received Best Practice Company award in After Sales Service by University of St. Gallen
Start of series production of AC counterbalance truck EFG-VD 25/30
As first lift truck manufacturer, Jungheinrich offers all diesel and LPG trucks with alternative hydrostatic or hydrokinetic drive system
Establishment of sales subsidiary in Slovenia
1996Certification of the entire Jungheinrich sales according to ISO DIN 9001
Establishment of sales subsidiary in Slovakia
1995World première: first reach truck with central control lever "Multi-Pilot"
1994ComFOUR concept introduction, i. e. choosing between financing, leasing and rental as financial service for our customers
Establishment of sales subsidiary in Poland
Jungheinrich locations Norderstedt, Wandsbek, and Lueneburg obtain certification according to the quality assurance system DIN ISO 9001.
1993New sales centre building in Dresden and opening of the new subsidiary building in Bremen
1992Establishment of sales subsidiaries in the Czech Republic and Hungary
1991Market launch of the deep stacking system "Drive-In-System" (DIS)
1990Unification of German companies and transformation into a limited company. "Going public" on 30 August 1990
1989New building of the Lueneburg factory for special and small-lot production
1988Consolidation of new product sales, rental and used truck business, repair shop and service division under common management centrally in Germany as well as decentralised in the sales divisions
1987With the new Retrak generation Jungheinrich opens new opportunities for reach trucks in relation to space-saving storage.
First time turnover exceeds DM 1 billion with 5,330 employees
1986Conversion of the Norderstedt manufacturing plant to flow production system
1984Paletting/picking systems are delivered for the automation of the order-picking process.
Opening of the Norderstedt assembly factory:
- Central warehouse for production and spare parts
- Computer-controlled powder coating
- Computer-controlled assembly lines for industrial trucks
1983Completion of delivery programme with IC engine-powered lift trucks for Germany and Austria
1982First involvement in the automated lift truck process with the introduction of the automatic swing fork lift truck, the ARS system
Introduction of the first all-wheel-driven, cantilevered electric three-wheel lift truck worldwide. Thus, Jungheinrich provides an alternative to the rear-wheel driven trucks that are also part of the product range.
New building of the Norderstedt assembly factory
1979Turnover DM 533 Mio., 58% of which in foreign countries
4,100 employees
1977Market introduction of the "Delta" racking system
1976First use of "driverless transport systems" in the assembly process
Establishment of sales subsidiary in Belgium
1974Start of the rental and used-equipment business with its own organisation
1972Order picking is increasingly gaining importance in the logistic process in warehouses.
Development of order-picking equipment
1970Establishment of sales subsidiary in Spain
1969Establishment of sales subsidiary in Norway
1968The new high-stacking and narrow-aisle truck ETX significantly improves the utilisation of store house height.
January 28: Dr.-Ing. Friedrich Jungheinrich passed away
1967Establishment of sales subsidiary in Denmark
1966Setting the course for the future growth of the corporation through the purchase of building areas and start of the first buildings of the Norderstedt factory
1963Establishment of sales subsidiary in the Netherlands
Establishment of sales subsidiary in the United Kingdom
1962Introduction of AGVs with towing facility "Teletrak"
Establishment of sales subsidiary in France
1960The first wheel-supported lift truck "Ameise Junior" with tiller steering and starter batteries enables small companies to maximise the advantages of pallet storage.
Establishment of sales subsidiary in Switzerland
1958With the opening of the factory in Hamburg-Wandsbek the manufacturing capacity was extended.
Establishment of sales subsidiaries in Italy and Sweden
First IC engine diesel powered counterbalance truck: Model Ameise 65 DFG 15 G
1957Laying of the set up stone for the manufacturing facilities in Hamburg-Wandsbek
1956The development of the first reach truck "Retrak®" was a milestone for space-saving storage.
Own development and manufacturing of electric motors
Establishment of the first sales subsidiary outside Germany in Austria
1953Establishment of H. Jungheinrich & Co. Maschinenfabrik, Hamburg, on August 7th, 1953.
Introduction of first electric four-wheel lift truck "Ameise 55". Establishment of own subsidiary and service network: first German depot in Mülheim/Ruhr
189920th October - birth of founder Friedrich Jungheinrich
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