The history of Genkinger goes hand in hand with the development of industrial trucks - from the simple hand truck at the beginning of the 20th century to automated guided vehicles (AGVs) today. Over the past 100 years, Genkinger has given intralogistics the decisive push with numerous innovations. As a specialist for heavy and bulky goods, the name Genkinger is a household name in the industry. Our wealth of experience and our passion for individual industrial trucks have always guided us - yesterday, today and in the future.
With hand carts, once intended as a work aid for women in industry, ergonomics and increased efficiency in in-house logistics take their start.
The first impetus for the development of lift trucks is said to have originated in North America. Hand trucks with lifting mechanism were followed by lift trucks on wheels.
Year of birth of the lift truck. The patent for the first lift truck with hydraulic system goes to the German company Oscar Krieger GmbH. After more than 90 years, the lift truck principle still consists of two forks plus the front load wheels and steering wheels.
Genkinger is significantly involved in the further development of the following lift truck generations and specifications in Germany. Especially when it comes to moving heavy and bulky items easily.
Lothar Genkinger develops the first warp beam lift truck. Via the textile industry, the Genkinger company enters the conveying and lifting technology
Further world firsts and patents "by Genkinger" follow for transport in weaving mills, warp knitting mills and spinning mills all over the world.
Genkinger recognizes the technical and economic potential and starts on the Swabian Alb - exactly at the right time - with the production of pallet lifting devices for the industry. Because the strongly increased material and goods volume must also be moved through warehouses and production halls
Warehouse technology is still an important mainstay for Genkinger today.
For the rapid development and new complexity in logistics a new language is needed: Supply Chain, Lean Logistics. The "Intralogistics" becomes its own discipline within logistics.
Nor does the name Genkinger stand alone ...
Industrial trucks have become increasingly resilient, ergonomic and safe. Now, thanks to sensors and lasers, among other things, and the corresponding IT, they are becoming more self-sufficient and thus even safer and more efficient.
100 years ago Hermann Genkinger started manufacturing jacks. Today, industrial trucks by Genkinger transport gigantic loads every day through production halls and warehouses all over the world.
The development of Genkinger and thus of intralogistics continues ...
The acquisition of VMH-Material Handling will follow in the anniversary year 2022. Under the GENKINGER umbrella brand, Genkinger-baka for warehouse technology and vmh for pallet trucks will remain visible.