Deep drawing specialist STÜKEN celebrates 90th anniversary
In 1931 Hubert Stüken founded the family business. Today, the world market leader employs 1250 people at five locations in Europe, Asia and America
Hubert Stüken started his own business in 1931. His first products were automatic machines for assembling buttons and wheels for toy cars. In 1958 the hundredth employee was hired and the annual turnover exceeded one million DM for the first time. In the 1970s STÜKEN developed and built the first progressive presses in-house. Volume increases, increasing cost pressure and the quest for competitive advantages led to the commissioning of automatic punching presses with progressive dies in 1980.
For STÜKEN, the 1990s were a decade full of innovative products in the automotive industry - the medium-sized company helped develop ways to make driving safer and more economical. The first foreign location, opened in the USA in 1998, was followed by a plant in the Czech Republic in 2005 and a production site in China in 2006. The product range was expanded to include stamped and stamped-bent parts, plastic-molded components and assemblies.
With new machine types and technical innovations, STÜKEN has repeatedly set new standards in the thermoforming industry. Dr. Hubert Schmidt, spokesman for the management board, cites deep drawing of stainless steels, eddy current testing technology, laser welding and the SWEP surface hardening process as examples. "Customers value our expertise for deep-drawn parts with particularly high degrees of forming, unusual contours or extremely small dimensions. We offer a range of finishing processes that is unique in the industry. Our components are ready for use and can be processed directly. You can rely on our know-how. Our quality enjoys an excellent reputation." To ensure that this remains the case in the future, STÜKEN invests in research and development. "As a technology leader, we always want to be ahead of the game," says Dr. Schmidt. "Our ambition is to explore and expand the limits of what is possible.
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