The Schaeffler Group is a global automotive and industrial supplier. Top quality, outstanding technology, and exceptionally innovative spirit form the basis for the continued success of the company.
The technology company generated sales of approximately 14.4 billion euros in 2019. With around 84,200 employees, Schaeffler is one of the world’s largest family companies and, with approximately 170 locations in over 50 countries, has a global network of manufacturing locations, research and development facilities, and sales companies.
What we Stand for:
Quality:Schaeffler's manufacturing expertise and holistic quality management ensure a level of product quality that is significantly above the sector average. The "zero defects" principle is the standard and represents the stabilization of processes and continuous improvement. It serves to identify and eliminate weaknesses early on – and therefore prevent errors in the first place. Numerous awards from customers and certifications according to internationally valid standards are a testament to the company's high quality standards. In 2014 alone, Schaeffler received 33 quality awards, including GM's prestigious "Supplier Quality Excellence Award".
Schaeffler has an extremely broad wealth of expertise in manufacturing and state-of-the-art technology for the highest level of cost effectiveness and precision. The company has 73 plants worldwide and produces high-precision products with a high level of vertical integration. Schaeffler is one of the sector's technological leaders in numerous manufacturing areas, including cold forming, forging, and heat treatment. The company's own Special Machinery department provides support with the construction of assembly and production lines and works together with specialists from the Manufacturing Technology department to develop and implement solutions that are customized to match the production facility's requirements.
Innovation:Around 8,000 employees at 20 R&D centers develop new products, technologies, processes, and methods for solutions that are tailored to the market. With almost 2,400 patent registrations in 2019, Schaeffler is Germany's second most innovative company according to the DPMA (German Patent and Trademark Office) and is therefore one of the leading innovators in the industrial sector. Currently Schaeffler holds 26,500 active patents and patent registrations. The company's main development locations in Germany are Herzogenaurach, Schweinfurt, and Bühl, which are linked with further development centers in Europe, Asia, and both North and South America.
Schaeffler applies the expertise it has gained through many years of experience in its product and system development. For example, the company has been at the forefront of innovative surface and coating technology for many years and supplies components and systems with the optimum coating for every application – because bearings have to function reliably even under extreme operating conditions. Schaeffler's acoustics network also has a high level of important potential. Drive technology in particular, which includes bearings in electric motors and household and office appliances, is an area in which Schaeffler offers optimizations for every type of noise and vibration testing. The knowledge and experience that is thus gathered from all areas of automotive technology and industrial development are passed on within the company's Networks of Competence.