It is now over 50 years since the JUNKER Group started a successful cooperation with Prototyp-Werke GmbH. To mark the occasion and as a special thank you, Erwin Junker Maschinenfabrik GmbH presented its long-standing customer with the JUNKER award on April 17, 2019. During the award ceremony, Prototyp also purchased its 50th JUNKER grinding machine.
“This crystal horse represents shared success, positive thinking, creativity, resilience and skill,” emphasized Rochus Mayer as he handed over the JUNKER award and the associated certificate. Prototyp-Werke GmbH ordered its first JUNKER grinding machine back in 1966. It was a SJ IIa and the 41st machine to leave the Erwin Junker Maschinenfabrik GmbH factory. A partnership steadily grew from this first order, shaped by professionalism and trust.
Walter AG, to which Prototyp-Werke GmbH belongs, is one of the world’s leading metalworking companies. As a cutting tool specialist, Walter offers an extensive range of precision tools for milling, turning, drilling and threading – the company’s engineering expertise covers the entire machining process. With approximately 3500 employees worldwide, coupled with numerous subsidiaries and sales partners, Walter AG serves customers in over 80 countries.
It only takes a few minutes to travel from the neighboring Zell am Harmersbach to Nordrach. “The proximity meant there has always been healthy competition between the two companies. Each one wanted to be that little bit better than the other. Today, we would say it is a win-win situation,” says CEO Mayer.
Numerous connections over a 50-year business relationship
This special business relationship is characterized by many varied and deep connections and a professional approach coupled with complete reliability. So it was particularly important to Rochus Mayer that he presented the award to Prototyp CEO Karl F. Lehmann, as the latter is retiring in the middle of the year. Since he took over the management in 2009, the relationship between Prototyp and the JUNKER Group has intensified. CEO Lehmann accepted the award along with Bernd Schwendemann, who works in Strategic Purchasing at Prototyp.
There are many connections that link the JUNKER Group and the Zell-based tool manufacturer. Rochus Mayer recalled that Erwin Junker worked at Prototyp before going out on his own.
Prototyp CEO Karl F. Lehmann used to be an employee at Erwin Junker Maschinenfabrik GmbH in Nordrach. As a student, he completed two internship semesters there and wrote his thesis on mechanical engineering. Lehmann stressed that his knowledge of mechanical engineering has helped him a great deal in his career. In turn, it was also advantageous for Erwin Junker Maschinenfabrik GmbH, when a completely new plant for manufacturing thread taps was built in India under the direction of Lehmann. „JUNKER grinding machines are also used there, which meant we had a reference customer for the Indian market,” says CEO Rochus Mayer.
Prototyp orders its 50th JUNKER machine
“We have experienced so much together and also achieved a huge amount,” summarizes Mayer in regard to the 50-year business partnership. This excellent business relationship between the JUNKER Group and Prototyp-Werke GmbH is set to continue. During the award presentation, Prototyp placed an order for the JUMAXIMAT cutting tool grinding machine. This marks the 50th JUNKER grinding machine to be installed at Prototyp-Werke GmbH.