With pioneering spirit towards the future
Groundbreaking innovations, global customer orientation, and strategic corporate decisions have always shaped Schaeffler as a company.
In a technological breakthrough that pioneers modern bearing manufacturing, Schweinfurt, Germany-based Friedrich Fischer invents a steel ball grinding mill that allowed steel balls to be ground to an absolutely round state in large volumes.
The FAG brand - an acronym for Fischers Aktiengesellschaft (Fischer's Stock Corporation) - is registered in Germany.
The Barden Corporation is founded by Theodore Barth and Carl Norden.
INA is founded by Dr. Wilhelm Schaeffler and his brother, Dr.-Ing. E.h. Georg Schaeffler, in Herzogenaurach, Germany.
FAG's first manufacturing plant in North America is established in Stratford, Canada.
Barden moves to its current location in Danbury, Connecticut.
INA begins its U.S. operations - a joint venture with Fafnir Bearing Co. - in Cheraw, South Carolina.
Partially owned by INA, LuK (Lamellen und Kupplungsbau) GmbH is founded in Buehl, Germany.
Featuring a 240,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing plant, Joplin, Missouri, becomes the home of FAG's first production site in the U.S.
After INA assumes 100% control of its joint venture from Fafnir parent Textron, INA Bearing Company is incorporated in Cheraw, South Carolina.
A joint venture between LuK GmbH and Modern Tool & Die Co. results in the incorporation of LuK, Inc. in Wooster, Ohio.
LuK starts shipping an 11-inch clutch - the first clutch to be designed, developed and manufactured in Wooster - for the Ford F-Series pickup.
LuK's Wooster plant undergoes its first expansion with the construction of heat treat and stamping facilities, expanding the factory by over 50%.
LuK launches its Tool and Die Apprenticeship Program in Wooster where employees are trained to develop and maintain tools for manufacturing.
INA Plant 2 opens in Chesterfield, South Carolina, to manufacture tripod rollers to GM-Saginaw specifications for its FWD cars.
Automotive Aftermarket business is established in the region.
The Wooster facility is the first location within the global LuK organization to produce torque converter dampers.
INA opens its third South Carolina manufacturing plant, now known as FM1, in Fort Mill, SC.
INA opens its North American Corporate Headquarters in Fort Mill, South Carolina.
LuK, Inc. expands its press room in Wooster to accommodate a 2400-ton transfer press to produce heavy stampings and improve quality control.
INA acquires Spartanburg, S.C.-based Andrews Bearing Co.
LuK, Inc. develops the first lock-up clutch.
INA opens a new waste-treatment facility and 40,000-sq.-ft. expansion at its Plant 1 in Cheraw, South Carolina.
INA's Plant 1 in Cheraw expands by 90,000 sq. ft. to augment its manufacturing and shipping capabilities.
INA's manufacturing plant in Spartanburg, S.C., doubles its manufacturing space to begin production of standard high-volume rolling bearings.
FAG Bearings of Schweinfurt, Germany, acquires The Barden Corporation.
INA Linear Technik, Inc. is incorporated in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.
Barden becomes part of FAG's Aircraft and Super Precision (ACSP) Division.
INA opens a Technology Center on the Fort Mill, SC, campus.
LuK, Inc. receives a patent for the Self Adjusting Clutch (SAC). Designed for vehicles with manual transmissions, the innovative clutch can exceed the service life of the vehicle in which it is installed.
LuK, Inc. is named the 1994 Wooster Area "Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year.” LuK, Inc. supplies over 50% of all automatic and manual transmission clutches to the Big 3 automakers.
LuK, Inc. expands its engineering facilities in Wooster by 60,000 sq. ft.
INA's Plant 2 in Cheraw, South Carolina, adds 19,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space - the facility's 5th expansion - for grinding mechanical bucket lifters.
LuK Wooster builds a 100,000-sq.-ft. facility to house the new torque converter business for Allison.
INA Bearing Company Inc. changes its name to INA USA Corporation.
INA's Linear product line relocates to Spartanburg, South Carolina.
LuK Wooster is the first member of the LuK Group to produce a dry dual-mass flywheel.
LuK, Inc is integrated into the global Schaeffler Group.
FAG opens a 143,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing plant in Stratford, Ontario. Located on 14 acres, the facility produces world-class aerospace bearings.
INA's plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, expands by 30,000 sq. ft. to house the new Linear Quick Center.
INA USA is recognized as Supplier of the Year as well as Corporation of the Year by General Motors.
INA's Plant 6 (now known as FM2) in Fort Mill, South Carolina, begins production of VCT systems.
Schaeffler acquires FAG Bearing Co.; the merged company becomes the world's second-largest rolling bearing manufacturer. In the U.S., the Danbury, Conn.-based Barden manufacturing plant and the Winsted, Conn.-based Winsted factory are now under the Schaeffler umbrella.
The Schaeffler Group - consisting of LuK, INA and FAG - is officially launched.
The North American Automotive Center opens in Troy, Michigan. The facility houses engineering offices and a state-of-the-art test lab that is equipped with multiple test cells capable of performing extensive test simulations for automotive components.
INA USA Corporation changes its name to Schaeffler Group USA Inc.
LuK, Inc. changes its name to LuK USA LLC.
LuK USA LLC produces its one-millionth torque converter.
Plant 2 in Cheraw, South Carolina, expands to accommodate new product lines.
Plant 1 in Cheraw, South Carolina, adds a 39,000-sq.-ft. Special Equipment building.
LuK USA LLC celebrates its 30th anniversary.
Wooster's training academy is renamed the Schaeffler Academy as the facility becomes the official central training location for Schaeffler in North America.
Schaeffler's Wooster facility expands into new markets by offering dampers featuring Schaeffler technology for hybrids and off-road applications.
On October 9, Schaeffler successfully completes its initial public offering under the motto "We share our success."
The Wooster campus officially breaks ground on its 20th major expansion.
Schaeffler's regional headquarters for the Americas in Fort Mill celebrates the Grand Opening of the Corporate 2 administrative building and the expansion of the site's FM1 manufacturing plant.
Schaeffler celebrates 40 years in Wooster and the completion of the campus' latest expansion project.
Schaeffler opens an office in Silicon Valley to foster new relationships with local disruptors, start-up companies and potential technology partners.
LuK USA LLC is named the 2018 Wooster Area "Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year,” the only company to receive this honor twice.
Schaeffler celebrates 75 years in Danbury.
Schaeffler celebrates 60 years in Brazil.