Facts, figures, milestones
Following is an overview of the growth of Jungheinrich from a small firm with not even ten employees into a leading intralogistics supplier and top global brand.
The beginnings (1899 - 1953)
The forerunner of our company was established by Hermann Jungheinrich in 1908 as an import and export firm under the name H. Jungheinrich & Co. In 1953 his eldest son, Friedrich Jungheinrich, laid the cornerstone for the present company by establishing H. Jungheinrich and Co. Maschinenfabrik.
1899 On 20 October, our founder, Friedrich Jungheinrich is born in East
London, South Africa.
1908 On 3 December in Hamburg, Friedrich Jungheinrich's father, Hermann
Jungheinrich, establishes import and export firm H. Jungheinrich & Co.
1947 Hermann Jungheinrich dies on 9 October. Friedrich Jungheinrich and
his brother Otto inherit equal shares in the company, which at the
time had five employees.
1948 Production of hand trucks and lift trucks starts in Barmbek. On 22
October Friedrich Jungheinrich registers the brand name Ameise
(which means ant) at the patent office.
1953 The forerunner of Jungheinrich AG, H. Jungheinrich & Co.
Maschinenfabrik, is founded on 7 August. The Ameise 55, the first
battery-powered forklift truck, goes into production. The first domestic
branch office opens in Mülheim/Ruhr.
The boom years of the German economic miracle (1954 - 1968)
In the 1950s and 1960s Germany and Hamburg enjoy the boom years of the so-called German economic miracle. For our company, export business becomes the major source of revenue. Gradually the first international subsidiaries are established. Jungheinrich lays the groundwork for becoming a global group.
1954 Under the name Ameise a new battery-powered forklift model series
is launched, as are the first lift trucks and tractors with driver
1956 Start of in-house battery-powered motor development and
production. The first international sales subsidiary is established
in Austria under the name Hermann F. Jungheinrich Gesellschaft mbh.
With the reach truck Retrak a new fork lift truck category is
1958 To expand manufacturing capacity the new Hamburg-Wandsbek
commences starts production. New international subsidiaries are
established in Italy and Sweden. Under the name Ameise 65 DFG 15
G we launch the first IC-engine powered stacker in the Nitro series.
1960 Ameise Junior, the first wheel-supported lift truck, featuring tiller
steering and starter batteries, enables small companies to maximise
the advantages of pallet storage. Another international subsidiary is
opened in Switzerland.
1962 We develop Teletrak, the first automatically controlled and inductively
guided stacker. A new international subsidiary is established in
1963 International subsidiaries open in Netherlands and UK.
1966 Land is bought in Norderstedt. The start of the first construction
phase of the plant paves the way for the future growth of our
1967 Another international subsidiary opens in Denmark. Jungheinrich
Unternehmensverwaltung KG (Holding) is formed to manage the
1968 Our founder, Dr Friedrich Jungheinrich, passes away at the age of 68
years on 28 January. He leaves behind a healthy and prosperous
company. The same year sees the unveiling of the ETX series. This
high stacking and narrow aisle truck ensures improved exploitation of
Generational change and improved competitive edge (1969 - 1989)
After the passing away of our founder, we remain an independent family business owned by the shareholder families Lange and Wolf. In the late 1970s another innovation offensive is launched. At the same time we introduce a new design principle, expand the Norderstedt plant and streamline production.
1969 A new international subsidiary is founded in Norway.
1970 A new international subsidiary opens in Spain.
1972 Order picking gains ground in warehouse logistics workflows.
Jungheinrich develops the necessary specialized equipment.
1974 We launch our rental and used equipment business.
1976 The first driverless transport systems are introduced into production.
A new international subsidiary is founded in Belgium.
1977 Market launch of the Delta racking system.
1979 Our company now employs 4,100 people and boasts sales of DM 533
million, of which 58 percent is earned abroad.
1982 The roll out of the ARS automatic shelf stacker system marks the entry
to the automated stacker market. Unveiling of the first all-wheel-
drive, cantilever electric three-wheel lift truck to a world audience as
an alternative to Jungheinrich’s well-established, rear-wheel drive
1983 IC-engine powered forklift trucks round off the product range for
Germany and Austria.
1984 Paletting/picking systems delivered to automate order-picking
processes. The new assembly plant in Norderstedt goes on line and
acts as a central warehouse for production and spare parts. It
features computer-controlled powder coating and assembly lines for
1986 With the the conversion from job shop to modular flow production
system we establish a new construction principle and rationalize the
production in Norderstedt plant.
1987 With the new Retrak generation Jungheinrich opens new
opportunities for reach trucks in space-saving storage. For the first
time revenues surpass DM 1 billion, 5,330 employees on the payroll.
1988 New product sales, rental and used truck business, repair shop and
service division are brought together under unified management – at
the headquarters in Germany as well as decentralised in the sales
1989 A new plant is built in Lüneburg for special build, small series
production, and customisation.
IPO and restructuring (1990 - 1999)
In the year of German reunification we go public. We respond to the pent-up demand for modern industrial trucks and warehouse equipment in the new German states and the former Eastern Bloc countries. We acquire the Boss Group, including long-standing Steinbock company in Moosburg, Bavaria. Our company undergoes comprehensive restructuring.
1990 After merging the domestic companies, the company is transformed to
a public limited company and floated on the stock exchange on 30
1991 The launch of DIS, the drive-In-system for deep stacking
1992 New international subsidiaries founded in the Czech Republic and
1993 In July, in a joint venture with Linde, Jungheinrich sets up an engine
plant in Moravany/Brunn, Czech Republic.
1994 We take over the British Boss group, including the long-standing
Steinbock company in Bavaria. The ComFOUR concept is rolled out to
offer customers the choice between borrowing, leasing and rental as
well as the provision of financial services. A new international
subsidiary opens in Poland. Our operations in Norderstedt, Wandsbek
and Luneburg are certified to the DIN ISO 9001 quality assurance
1995 We develop the world's first reach truck with central joystick under
the name Multi-Pilot.
1996 Certification of entire Jungheinrich sales operations to ISO DIN 9001.
1997 Series production of the AC counterbalance EFG-VD 25/30 truck series
starts. We are the first lift truck manufacturer to offer all diesel and
LPG trucks with hydrostatic or hydrokinetic drive systems. Two new
international subsidiaries are founded in Slovenia and in Slovakia.
1998 Jungheinrich develops the Retrak® ETV 14, the first reach truck for
wheelchair drivers. The sales and engineering divisions are separated
for organisational purposes, and a brand-independent production
pool is established. The Steinbock company in Moosburg (now
Jungheinrich Moosburg GmbH) celebrates its 75th anniversary. Wap
Reinigungssysteme GmbH & Co in Bellenberg is sold. The University of
St. Gallen awards Jungheinrich the Best Practice in After-sales Service
1999 On 20 October we celebrate the 100th birthday of our company
founder Dr Friedrich Jungheinrich. A new international subsidiary is
formed in Portugal. Our environmental management system is
certified to ISO DIN 14001. We unveil a completely re-developed hand
pallet lift truck series to succeed the successful model that boasts
nearly 2.5 million units sold between 1957-1999.
Globalisation and the end of the multi-brand strategy (2000 - present)
At the turn of the millennium we now offer our products exclusively under the Jungheinrich brand. The Complete Intralogistics Solutions, Financial Services and Full Service divisions are continuously expanded. In parallel we strengthen our sales units and position ourselves on the globalised markets.
2000 New international subsidiaries founded in Turkey, Greece, United
States and Singapore.
2001 The Group approves and implements the new corporate sales
strategy, focussing on direct sales of the Jungheinrich brand. A new
spare parts warehouse is set up in southern Germany to centralise
spare part logistics. A new international subsidiary opens in Ireland.
In cooperation with Linde, Jungheinrich establishes the ecommerce
2002 A new international subsidiary is formed in Brazil. A new spare parts
logistics centre goes into service in Lahr, near Offenburg.
2003 On 7 August we celebrate our 50th anniversary. New international
subsidiaries are opened in Russia, Latvia and Lithuania.
2004 New international subsidiaries go into service in Finland and China. A
joint venture with Ningbo Ruyi (PR China) is formed for sourcing our
pedestrian pallet trucks.
2005 The 100,000th truck with AC technology is delivered. We premiere the
world's first forklift truck with rotating cab.
2006 A new assembly plant is set up in Qingpu district, Shanghai, China.
The used equipment centre starts to operate in Dresden.
2007 The Germany sales, export sales, Norderstedt plant and spare parts
logistics Norderstedt divisions are converted into separate
companies. A new spare part logistics centre goes into service in
Bratislava (Slovakia). We deliver the 50,000th 48 volt electric forklift.
2009 A new plant for the production of electric pallet trucks starts to
operate in Landsberg.
2010 A new powder coating system goes online in Norderstedt. The
Warehouse Management System (WMS) is added to our portfolio.
2011 The EJE 112i series truck with lithium-ion technology goes into
2012 The ground-breaking ceremony for a new production plant for
Jungheinrich Lift Truck Manufacturing Co., Ltd. is held in Qingpu,
2013 Under the motto “60 Years of Passion for Logistics" we celebrate our
60th anniversary. A highlight of the anniversary events is the “1st
Hamburg Intralogistics Summit". The spare parts centre in
Kaltenkirchen and the new plants in Degernpoint near Moosburg and
Qingpu (China) start production.
2014 We establish the Jungheinrich Logistiksysteme GmbH and the line of
business Energy and Drive Systems. Our subsidiary company ISA
changes its name in Jungheinrich Systemlösungen GmbH. The
building of the new corporate headquartes starts in Hamburg-
2015 In line with our growth strategy, the strategic key area
“Logistics Systems” is significantly expanded by acquiring the Munich
based MIAS Group, a stacker crane expert, and by creating the new
management board division “Logistics Systems”.
At the production site in Norderstedt, the new training center with
an annual capacity of up to 5000 participants commences operation.
In cooperation with the largest Chinese forklift manufacturer
Anhui HELI, a new joint venture for the rental of material handling
equipment is founded, catering for the largest global single market –
In December 2015, Jungheinrich moves into the new headquarters at its
traditional company location "Friedrich-Ebert-Damm 129“, which had
been a production site from 1958 until the 1990s and remained the
Group headquarters until 2007.
Direct sales branches in Australia, South Africa, Romania and Chile
(January 2016) are founded.
2016 Jungheinrich reports record figures for the business year 2015:
The value of incoming orders increases by 11% to 2.82 billion Euro,
all-time sales high with 2.75 billion Euro (+10% compared to the
previous year) and production figures above 90,000 units for the
first time. In total, more than 14,000 people are in Jungheinrich employ.