Schock Metal Urbach

reinventing motion


Schock Metal – a young company with a long tradition

As a medium-sized business, we know where we come from and what sets us apart: We focus on quality, perfection, flexibility and individuality. At the same time, we see ourselves as a development partner for our customers. Our collaborative approach to designing new solutions is innovative and flexible. We are creative in our core competency areas, and continuous process improvement is the focus of our work.

Milestones in our product and engineering development processes:

Schock opens a metalworking plant in Urbach, Germany, focusing on drawer slides as well as decorative strips and metals.

The company develops and manufactures the first precision ball bearing slide for a kitchen drawer.

Schock Metallwerk GmbH in Urbach becomes a legally independent entity.

As the world’s first, Schock uses the principle of ball bearings in a complete sliding system for pantry cupboards.

Schock introduces its "Topslide" partial extension and world’s first under-mount slide, setting new standards in the field of ball bearing slide profiles: Schock roll forming technology works with modified sheet thicknesses to create particularly compact profile cross-sections while ensuring high load capacities and extremely smooth running properties.

Series production of a corrosion-resistant, powder-coated telescopic slide for use in fridges.

Schock Metal is the world's very first company to use a start-stop operating procedure in roll forming technology for its large-series production.

Development of "Auto-Catch", the integrated self-closing device.

Following extensive quality and process auditing, Schock becomes a "Certified Supplier" to Xerox.

Foundation of Schock Metal America, Inc. in Chesapeake, VA.

The series production of ball bearing slides for a storage compartment under the front passenger seat marks the company's first step in the automotive segment.

Development of the first roll-formed stainless steel telescopic slide for use in ovens.

Schock Metal positions itself as a system supplier with assembly competence in the field of office furniture: The "Pro-Line" filing frame system is based on a platform concept, and offers numerous practical functions as well as an interface to external locking systems.

The Urbach site obtains ISO 14001 certification and Eco-Management and Audit Scheme validation. As such, Schock Metal is one of the first business operations in the region of Baden-Württemberg, Germany to implement an approved environmental management system.

Global market activities are expanded with the installation of five centers of competence: Automotive, Appliances, Industry, Furniture and Office.

As the world’s first, Schock supplies a stainless steel full extension slide for dishwashers featuring the fluidically optimised "CleanSlide" technology.

Introduction of "Soft Control", the world's first integrated damping system: The automatic self-closing mechanism with air-vacuum damper closes independently, quietly and smoothly.

Schock launches its heavy-duty full extension slide "ITS 070", offering a ball bearing slide with a load capacity of up to 440 lbs.

In the course of business expansion, Schock Metal starts supplying roll-formed special profiles to the automotive sector in addition to its ball bearing slides.

Under the motto "reinventing motion", Schock Metal sets new standards in sliding technology with the new AIR MOTION ball bearing slides, based on a special combination of material know-how and process expertise.

The smooth-action AIR MOTION sliding systems are awarded with the interzum Award "Best of the best".

Introduction of a new linear slide assembly for adjustable center armrests in passenger cars.

Reorganization of the Schock Metal Group with approximately 400 employees under the STK Holding GmbH. The core competencies of the German parent company Schock Metallwerk GmbH include sales and development but also manufacturing technologies such as roll forming and stamping. The Latvian sister company FTS Baltic SIA operates as an efficient logistics, manufacturing and assembly site. Schock Metal America, Inc. serves the American market with focus on sales and customer service.