The path to Industry 4.0
TRUMPF expands its development headquarters in Schramberg to include a new R&D Center, thus adding 6,200 square meters of floor space to the company site.
For their entry "Production with light flashes – ultrashort pulse lasers for industrial mass production", researchers from TRUMPF, Bosch, and the University of Jena are awarded the prestigious German Future Prize from the German Federal President. Former President Joachim Gauck presented the award to the winning team personally.
TRUMPF enters into a close collaboration with the Chinese machine tool manufacturer Jiangsu Jinfangyuan CNC Machine Company Ltd. (JFY). TRUMPF acquires a majority share of the Chinese company of around 72 percent.
TRUMPF establishes its own bank for the flexible financing of TRUMPF products for customers worldwide. At the start of 2015, TRUMPF Bank enters into the investment business and offers its German employees savings and fixed deposit accounts, which are managed via online banking.
The medical technology branch is taken over by the U.S. medical technology manufacturer Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc.
With EHT, TRUMPF takes over one of the oldest companies in Germany. EHT Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH in Teningen, Breisgau, was founded in 1771 as Eisen- und Hammerwerke Teningen (EHT) and produces die folding machines and guillotine shears.
At the Formnext trade show, the company presents new machines for the 3D printing of metal parts. The technology behind the new 3D printers is also known as additive manufacturing.
With the new work alliance, TRUMPF responds to the challenges of the future such as dynamic brand development, digital change and the need for more individuality. The aim is to make it possible to reconcile home and work life. The work alliance focuses on mobile working, an agile time system, a qualification initiative and arrangements for age-appropriate working.
TRUMPF reorganized its Group Management, with the changes taking effect from July 1, 2017. Heinz-Jürgen Prokop and Christian Schmitz joined the most important executive committee in the company. Gerhard Rübling retired from his position as Labor Director for age reasons. Prokop became CEO of Machine Tools (CEO MT). Schmitz assumed responsibility for laser technology as CEO of Laser Technology (CEO LT). Peter Leibinger became Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Mathias Kammüller was made Chief Digital Officer (CDO) of the company. Lars Grünert remained responsible for the company's finances as the Chief Financial Officer. In addition to her function as President and Chairwoman of the Managing Board, Nicola Leibinger-Kammueller took on the role of Labor Director.
TRUMPF opened the Smart Factory in Chicago in September 2017. This technology center for Industry 4.0 solutions was planned entirely with digitally networked production processes. The emphasis was on the consultation and training of customers regarding the introduction of digitally networked production solutions. The Smart Factory served as an important milestone in the sustainable expansion in the market in the USA.