Our history

1978 - 1990

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)
1991 - 1995

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)
1996 - 2000

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)
2001 - 2005

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)
2006 - 2011

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
2012 - 2013

Relocation of the holding

  • The holding company of the SCHLEIFRING Group is moving to Bern in Switzerland (2012)
2013 - 2014


The global renaming of the group was communicated at the EMO in Hannover. The new umbrella brand UNITED GRINDING is understandable worldwide and replaces the previous name KÖRBER SCHLEIFRING.

2015 - 2016


Clear focus on innovation: On May 1, 2015, UNITED GRINDING Group signed a cooperation agreement with university-affiliated inspire AG for a joint venture specializing in additive production processes. This includes a variety of laser-based processes as well as 3D printing.

2017 - 2019

UNITED GRINDING Group has new owners

In June 2018, UNITED GRINDING Group was acquired by an investor pool organized by the Swiss BZ Bank Aktiengesellschaft. The investor pool is made up of strategic long-term investors primarily located in Europe. The management of UNITED GRINDING Group is also part of this investor group.

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