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100 years

100 years <br>Genkinger

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.

100 years <br>Genkinger


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.



Hermann Genkinger establishes a repair workshop in Münsingen and in parallel starts manufacturing pumps and jacks.




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.



After World War 2, his son Lothar Genkinger restarts production and manufactures jacks as well as lifting platforms for motorcycles.




The economic miracle makes for inventiveness. For example, in order to further increase production in the factory halls, more and more material has to be transported and loaded in less and less space



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.




With the invention of container transport by Malcolm McLean in the USA, world trade reaches a new dimension. The loading of standardized containers, together with their entire contents, from truck or rail to ship and back onto a truck saves time and labor.



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.



early 1960s 

Introduction of the Euro pallet (EN 13698-1) and construction of the first high-bay warehouses in Germany.

It is exactly eleven boards that revolutionize the logistics world. The Euro pallet and the forklift truck henceforth become the perfect team.



After the death of Lothar Genkinger, the son-in-law Dieter Schulze and the daughter Irmgard Bütterlin-Genkinger jointly take over the management of the company.



Presentation of first fully automatic fabric beam changer and semi-automatic vehicle for fast article change on a weaving machine at the international textile machinery fair in Hannover



Expansion of the program to include add-on masts and vehicles for manufacturers of automated guided vehicles (AGVs)



early 2000s

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 ...



HUBTEX joins in a big way, so that in the next ten years Genkinger-HUBTEX GmbH makes a name for itself in warehouse technology and also in textile technology. 



With the new managing director Richard Ludwig, Genkinger is once again going its own way - with success. Because for the Swabian tinkerers at Genkinger, the standard is never enough. They always continue where standards reach their limits.



  • blechnet Award 2015 for the coil transporter in the category handling technology/robotics

  • Additional sales location: Genkinger Inc./USA



product launches at LogiMAT in Stuttgart and CeMAT in Hannover: 

  • Electric multi-directional sideloader
  • Electric heavy-duty reach truck
  • Electric pedestrian forklift truck


Special Solutions by Genkinger:

  • EFY
  • EE-KHH R5
  • Spinning can transporter
  • ESY-S

blechnet Award 2017 for the special heavy-duty reach truck in the Handling Technology/Robotics



Since the acquisition of bAKA Handling Solutions GmbH, two long-established companies have been jointly shaping the future of industrial trucks in production and warehouse logistics . Since end of 2021 also under one roof.




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. 

Genkinger offers logistics solutions as AGV/FTS  Also subsequently.




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.