Company History

Company history



Joint venture between LuK and Barmag (to become BarLuK).

Acquisition of Automotive Hydraulic Division Vickers (now LuK Fahrzeug-Hydraulik) (Fig.).

The first electronic clutch management system is supplied for the BMW Alpina.



Acquisition of 100 percent of BarLuK (now LuK Automobiltechnik in Hückeswagen).

Introduction of the AUTOMEISTER franchise system. This system covers every aspect of a modern automotive workshop operation (Fig.).



LuK works together with a vehicle manufacturer to develop construction elements for a CVT transmission up to 300 Nm .



Founding of LuK Korea.

AS develops the PARTSLIFE concept (used parts disposal system for the automotive industry).



Foundation of Beijing (LuK) Liaison Office in China.

Joint venture between Rane and LuK (Rane LuK Clutch Ltd.) in India.

Foundation of LuK Savaria in Hungary (start of production, end of 1997)(Fig.).


LuK SAC (Self Adjusting Clutch) reduces pedal forces and increases the service life of transmission clutches.



LuK EKM, the world's most compact automatic clutch system, goes into production in the Mercedes A-Class series.

All LuK factories are certified according to ISO 9001 and/or QS 9000 (Fig.).

The first LuK converter for lightweight HGVs goes into production at the LuK factory in Wooster in Ohio, USA.



Acquisition of Kongsberg TechMatic in England and Norway.

Foundation of AS Divisions in Spain, the UK, USA, Brazil, Mexico (Fig.), South Africa, Poland, Russia and the Czech Republic.



LuK factory opened in Bußmatten. The picture shows the laying of the foundation stone in 1998.


Acquisition of Holzhäuser, Germany, now LuK Truckparts in Kaltennordheim.


Foundation of LuK AS in Argentina.

LuK Leamington opened in the UK.

New build of the LuK Fundicao casting works in Mogi Mirim, Brazil (Fig.).


LuK presents CVT components for high torques: LuK chain, disc sets and hydraulics. The start of production of the new Audi multitronic® marks the first CVT transmission for more than 300 Nm.



LuK acquires the production of release systems from INA.


LuK tool production site opens in Kappelrodeck.


The LuK automated transmission goes into production in the Opel Corsa as the easytronic® - a world engineering premier.


On the Automechanika, the „Innovationspreis“ of the “Messe Frankfurt” is awarded. As one of the both total winners (with a victory in the product group “automotive engineering/ mechanic” for the CVT components) LuK received this award.

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