Forging presses with state-of-the-art hydraulic drives

We plan, develop and design each forging line with state-of-the-art hydraulic drives and electronic controls for manual or automatic operation according to the individual specifications, requirements and budgets of our customers.

In contrast to other press manufacturers, the customer does not have to select a press with already defined parameters from a portfolio. Each machine is designed individually. The customer gets exactly what he needs and does not pay for what he does not need. Built Pahnke open die presses range from 5 MN to 200 MN and closed die presses from 20 MN to 350 MN, but there are no fixed upper or lower limits for our forging presses, neither in terms of press force nor in terms of dimensions.

We realize every possible configuration and, due to our long-time expertise as special purpose machine manufacturer, we also realize new developments and innovations, often in cooperation with our customers.

We supply individual components (press, manipulator, tool change system, etc.) as well as complete forging systems. We check and arrange forging programs, select the required machines, calculate production time and costs and make profitability calculations.

Already in the fifties Hans-Joachim Pahnke developed revolutionary new concepts for the design of open die forging presses. As early as 1956 he built the first two-column pull-down press for open-die forging. Very quickly, imitators were found among the large press manufacturers in the world. In the course of the sixties Hans Pahnke improved his presses with a completely new frame concept.

We were and remain flexible and continue to develop to the delight of our customers.

Welcome to the pioneer

For more than 50 years the name PAHNKE has been known worldwide for the most modern, productive and high quality hydraulic forging presses. On these pages you will learn why.


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In 1973, Hans-Joachim founded his press company, PAHNKE Engineering. In 1975, he developed a just as revolutionary hydraulic drive principle for presses, the PAHNKE Modified Sinusoidal Direct drive (PMSD). Even today, this system remains unsurpassed in regard to precision and performance with, at the same time, low maintenance costs and extremely affordable power consumption.

In 1996, the Pahnke family took over Wepuko Hydraulik, the supplier of the excellent radial piston pumps for the PMSD. In 2002, PAHNKE's press construction merged with the pump business of Wepuko. It fills us with pride that, we have successfully been able to continue the tradition and worldwide recognition for PAHNKE products created by Hans-Joachim Pahnke.