The company, founded in 1946, has a global presence with almost 50 subsidiaries and participations as well as numerous sales agencies. SICK currently employs more than 5,800 employees worldwide, and achieved sales of EUR 902.7 m in 2011.
The perfect basis for your automation: Sensors from SICK
From factory automation to logistics automation and process automation, SICK is one of the leading producers of sensors. As a technology and market leader, SICK’s sensors and application solutions for industrial use create the perfect basis for reliable and efficient control of processes, for protecting people from accidents, and for preventing environmental damage.
1946: The birth of today's SICK AG: Erwin Sick receives a license from the American military government in Munich for his own engineering office.
1952: Presentation of the first marketable accident prevention light curtain at the International Machine Tool Trade Fair in Hanover. The resultant orders led to the initial serial production and was the economic breakthrough.
1956: The company, with 25 employees, moves to Waldkirch.
1972: The first subsidiary is founded in France.
1975: Expansion overseas with the founding of a subsidiary in the USA.
1988: Erwin Sick dies at the age of 79. Gisela Sick runs her husband's company as the chief partner.
1996: Conversion of Erwin Sick GmbH (a kind of private limited company) to an Aktiengesellschaft (joint stock company).
1999: The first issue of employee shares domestically and abroad.
2006: SICK celebrates its 60th anniversary.
2011: SICK has a global presence with almost 50 subsidiaries and participations as well as numerous sales agencies. SICK currently employs about 5,800 employees worldwide, and achieved sales of EUR 902.7 m in 2011.
Sensor intelligence, independence, innovation, and leadership are the core messages of our identity. Identity manifests itself at the interface between the past and the future. Our statement also has its place between yesterday and tomorrow. It carries strengths, wishes, demands and visions within it. It builds on a mature corporate culture and is a draft for the future that is both a commitment and a motivation.
Only those who think independently can also act independently. This is equally true of the people and the company. Only an independent head has the freedom to do something in the way he believes is right. Freedom, however, also means acting within limits, with an aim and clear rules.
Innovations are noticeable improvements that bring benefits. By innovation, we understand not merely the invention and development of new products, production methods and organisational structures, but also their implementation. The commercial success of new products is thus indispensable, if only because innovations must also be financed.
Leadership is shown by one becoming an orientation point for others. This applies for management personalities who can imbue teams with enthusiasm, as well as for companies that set standards on the world market. For us, leadership not only means technology and market leadership but also a leadership culture and optimum mastery of methods and processes.