World of Vacuum Technology

J. Schmalz GmbH is headquartered in Glatten in Germany’s Black Forest and is one of the world's leading suppliers of vacuum technology. Its portfolio includes high-quality products and services in the areas of automation, handling and clamping technology. Founded in 1910, the company has a long tradition of offering innovative and efficient vacuum solutions to customers in various industries. The company has a total of more than 850 employees at the headquarters in Glatten (in the Black Forest region of Germany) and its 15 overseas subsidiaries.

Facts and figures

Company founded

  • 1910 by Johannes Schmalz

Market importance

  • Leading global supplier of vacuum technology in the fields of automation, handling and clamping technology

Business areas

  • Vacuum components
  • Vacuum gripping systems
  • Vacuum handling systems
  • Vacuum clamping systems


  • About 800 worldwide

Innovation indicators

  • About 350 industrial rights chartered and granted
  • 8.5 % of turnover spent on research and development

Companies outside Germany

  • In 15 countries all over the world

Sales partners

  • In more than 50 countries all over the world


  • DIN ISO 9001 (quality management) since 1994
  • DIN ISO 14001 (environmental management) since 1997
  • DIN ISO 14001 (energy management) since 2012
  • Authorized Economic Operator – Customs Simplifications (AEO C) since 2012