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 101 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 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 internal logistics take their start.
The first impetus for the development of lift trucks is said to have originally come from North America. Hand trucks with lifting mechanisms were followed by lift trucks on wheels.
Birth year of the lift truck. The patent for the first lift truck with a hydraulic system goes to the German company Oscar Krieger GmbH. After more than 90 years, the principle lift truck still consists of two forks plus the front load wheels and steering wheels.
Genkinger has played a major role 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 field of conveying and lifting technology.
More world firsts and patents "by Genkinger" follow for transport in weaving mills, knitting mills and spinning mills around the world.
Genkinger recognizes the technical and economic potential and begins manufacturing pallet lifting equipment for industry in the Swabian Alb region - at exactly the right time. Because the greatly increased volume of materials and goods also has to be moved through warehouses and production halls.
Storage technology remains an important mainstay for Genkinger today.
For the rapid development and new complexity in logistics, a new language is needed: supply chain, lean logistics. "Intralogistics" is becoming a discipline of its own within logistics.
Neither does the name Genkinger stand alone ...
Flight 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 through production halls and warehouses all over the world every day.
The development of Genkinger and thus of intralogistics continues ...
In the anniversary year 2022, the acquisition of VMH-Material Handling will follow. Under the umbrella brand GENKINGER, Genkinger-baka for warehouse technology and vmh for pallet trucks will remain visible.