Founded in 1965, Luk (Lamellen und Kupplungsbau €“ in English "disc and clutch makers") has been providing vehicles worldwide with transmission systems and components for nearly 5 decades. From its beginnings manufacturing diaphragm spring clutches for the successor of the VW beetle, today every third car rolling off a production line will be fitted with a Luk system.
LuK is a technological leader in many fields, having developed systems such as the dual mass flywheel in 1985, enabling smoother driveline vibrations. Or its self adjusting diaphragm clutch, released in 1995 that extended the service life of clutch assemblies by more than 1.5 times without any change in service load.
With a commitment to research and development, LuK is a leader in the production of system solutions for a demanding market. And with its extensive engineering and manufacturing capacity LuK is represented in all markets around the globe.
1965 - Founded by Dr. Ing (E.h.) Georg Schaeffler and Dr. Wilhelm Schaeffler
1976 - The founding of LuK AS (Autoteile-Service GmbH) marks the start of customer orientated
service and marketing activities.
LuK optimises vibration damping with torsion-damped clutch discs.
1984 - LuK AS introduces the LuK Meister Service concept (dedicated clutch replacement
workshops). There are now 1,650 LMS workshops in Europe.
1985 - The LuK dual mass flywheel sets new standards in drive train noise insulation.
1995 - LuK SAC (Self Adjusting Clutch) reduces pedal forces and increases the service life of
1999 - 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.
2003 - The installation of the integrated crankshaft damper in the VW Touareg is further
proof of LuK's drive train expertise.
2005 - LuK celebrates its 40th company anniversary