Surface & Profile





  • Development of the machine tool division

    • Integration of BLOHM (founding year 1924) into Körber AG (1978)
    • Start of development of the Körber Group's machine tool division (1978)
    • Integration of SCHAUDT (founding year 1906) into Körber AG (1983)
  • Foundation and development of the SCHLEIFRING Group

    • Foundation of the SCHLEIFRING Group (1993)
    • Integration of BWF, MIKROSA (founding year 1878) and Chemnitz grinding machine factory (1993)
    • Integration of MÄGERLE and STUDER into the SCHLEIFRING Group (1994)
    • Opening of the Chinese sales and service office in Peking, China (1994)
    • Foundation of the American sales and service company (UGT) for the entire group (1994)
    • First joint trade show attendance (METAV 1994)
  • Consolidation of the SCHLEIFRING Group

    • Opening of the Schleifring office in Shanghai (1995) and Chongqing (1997)
    • Integration of JUNG (founding year 1919) into the SCHLEIFRING Group (1998)
    • Integration of EWAG (founding year 1946) into the SCHLEIFRING Group (2000)
  • Foundation of the China centre of excellence

    • Foundation of Körber Schleifring Machinery Co. Ltd. (KSMT) in Taicang, China (2004)
    • Integration of the Walter AG machine tool business and foundation of Walter Maschinenbau GmbH (2004)
    • Worldwide adaptation of Corporate Identity (2005)
  • Further development of the Asian market

    • Relocation of KSMT from Taicang to Shanghai and renaming as: Körber Schleifring Machinery (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. (KSMS) (2008)
    • Start of production in China on an area of more than 16,000 m2 with a capacity of >25,000 operating hours
  • Relocation of the holding

    • The holding company of the SCHLEIFRING Group is moving to Bern in Switzerland (2012)

    At the EMO in Hannover the global renaming the group was communicated. The new umbrella brand UNITED GRINDING is understandable worldwide and reflects perfectly the core competence of the group.

  • IRPD

    Clear focus on innovation: On May 1, 2015, Körber subsidiary UNITED GRINDING Group signed a cooperation agreement with university-affiliated inspire AG for a joint venture that will specialize in additive production processes. This includes a variety of laser-based processes as well as 3D printing. The joint venture, which will be managed collectively by both partners, will develop a future-oriented production process and thereby benefit from current research results. ETH Zurich has made significant investments in inspire AG.


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