Berthold Leibinger was born in Stuttgart on November 26, 1930, to a family with a deep appreciation for the arts. Upon graduating from secondary school in 1950, he began an apprenticeship as a mechanic at Trumpf & Co., a medium-sized manufacturing company for machine tools. He then went on to receive a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Technology in Stuttgart.
Shortly after his marriage to Doris Leibinger, the couple moved to the USA for three years in 1958. In Ohio, Berthold Leibinger worked as a development engineer at Cincinnati Milling Machines. After returning, he took over as head of the design department at Trumpf & Co. and became Technical Managing Director and shareholder of the company in 1966. From 1978 to 2005, he was chairman of the board. As early as the late 1970s, Berthold Leibinger made the decision to rely on laser technology in sheet metal processing. Today, TRUMPF SE + Co KG, headquartered in Ditzingen near Stuttgart, is the market and technology leader in machine tools and in the field of laser technology for industrial manufacturing.