History

1908 – 1960

The era of the founders and pioneers

Maschinenfabrik Mikron AG was founded in the Swiss town of Biel in 1908. In the first half of the last century, Mikron played a key role in the industrialization of the Swiss watchmaking industry with its gear-cutting machines and tools.

1961 – 1985

Expansion and diversification

From 1960 onwards, Mikron gradually expanded its activities into new areas, such as milling machines, plastic components, and machining systems.

1986 – 1996

Globalization

In 1986 Mikron acquired Albe SA of Agno, Switzerland, together with its sales branch in Tokyo, Japan. This was a step towards strategic growth which made Mikron the world's most important manufacturer of machining systems in a specific application area.

1997 – 2007

The boom – and a reorientation

With modern management and a contemporary range, Mikron was nevertheless heavily dependent on its customers' scope for investment, so it aimed to add more balance to its portfolio. As a visible sign of this change, Mikron introduced its current corporate design and took the new name of Mikron Technology Group.

2008 - 2014

New prospects

The global economic crisis and the strong Swiss franc also result in high losses for the Mikron Group. The divisions and companies respond to this challenge by increasing productivity and expanding their activities both in Asia and in the area of cutting tools.

The global economic crisis and the strong Swiss franc also result in high losses for the Mikron Group. The divisions and companies respond to this challenge by increasing productivity and expanding their activities both in Asia and in the area of cutting tools.

 

 

1918
Charles Léon Haesler founds a small manufacturing company making machinery and equipment for the watch industry in Le Locle, Switzerland. The machines are based on rotary indexing table technology.

1961
The company is acquired by Mikron and becomes Mikron Haesler SA.

1976
The primary assembly system based on the rotary indexing technology is launched: the Polyfactor™.

1991
Mikron SA Boudry concentrates its activities exclusively in the assembly field. Creation of the Assembly Technology division.

1994
Development of the linear assembly solution Flexifactor™, a concept based on the standard Flexcell™ cell.

1997
Introduction of the robotic assembly cell Syfast™.

1999
CEI Automation, acquired in 1998, becomes Mikron Corporation Denver, USA.

2002
Launch of the new high performance linear assembly system G05™.

2003
Sales of the 500th Flexcell™.

2004
Launch of the flexible feeding system Polyfeed™ standalone.

2006
Launch of the G05™ Tray Handler system.

2007
Integral Systems Pte Ltd in Singapore is acquired by the Mikron Group (today Mikron Singapore Pte Ltd).

2009
Foundation of Integral Systems (Shanghai) Ltd, subsidiary in P. R. China (today Mikron Shanghai Ltd).

2010
Launch of the new Mikron EcoLine™ medium-volume automation platform developed and built in Singapore.

The Assembly Technology division is amalgamated with the Integral Systems companies and commences operations under the new name of "Mikron Automation".

2011
Launch of the Mikron EcoPal™ palletizer systems developed and built in Singapore.

2012
Acquisition of IMA Automation Berlin GmbH.

2013
The production of the basic module for Mikron EcoLine is relocated from Singapore to Shanghai.

2015
Mikron Automation reinforces its commitment in the US and strengthens its presence in the US market by building a new factory in Denver. This increases the engineering and production space by over 30% and headcount to more than 100.

Mikron Automation starts engineering the first customer projects that will have the innovative new machine control software implemented. Both, for the customer and Mikron, this will lead to a significant gain of efficiency.

The history of Mikron Machining has been linked closely to the advent of the ballpoint pen. At the end of the 1950s, Albe’s automatic indexing tables played a major part in the global breakthrough of the ballpoint pen. Albe was the supplier of choice to companies such as Parker, Waterman and PaperMate in the US. Following the takeover of the company by Mikron in 1986, the range of expertise has expanded and nowadays the company specializes in building transfer systems for a wide range of industrial applications.

1953
The Albe Machine Factory is established by Sauro Albertini and Guido Bertoglio at Lugano-Viganello, Switzerland. Design and construction of automatic indexing tables for the production of tips for ballpoint pens.

1986
The company is acquired by Mikron and becomes Mikron SA Agno.

1988
Manufacturing of the Multifactor™ machining system is moved from Mikron SA Boudry, Switzerland, to Agno. Launch of the PM-30 rotary indexing machine.

1990
Establishment of Mikron GmbH Rottweil (Germany) as a sales and service company. Launch of the Multistar™ LX-24 machining system for the writing instrument industry.

1991
Mikron SA Agno concentrates its activities on the transfer machine field. Creation of the Machining Technology Division. Launch of the Multistar™ CX-24 machining system.

1992
Launch of the Multistar™ LX-24 machining system for industrial applications beyond the writing instrument industry.

1993
Launch of the Multistep™ machining system.

1998
Establishment of Mikron Tool SA Agno as a spin-off of the cutting tools department of Mikron SA Agno. Mikron GmbH Rottweil moves to a new location and is transformed into a production facility.

1999
The manufacturing of the Multistep™ machining system is moved from Mikron SA Agno to Rottweil. Launch of CrazyDrill™, a separate line of high-performance drill bits. Launch of CrazyDrill™ Steel, carbide drills with top-quality coating.

2000
ISO 14001 qualification for Mikron SA Agno and Mikron Tool SA Agno.

2001
Launch of CrazyDrill™ Alu, high-performance drill bits for aluminum die-castings and wrought alloys.

2002
Launch of the Multistar™ LX-12 machining system, designed for entry into the high-volume machining market. Launch of CrazyDrill™ Pilot, a high-performance drill for the centering and drilling of a pilot hole together with a simultaneous 90° chamfer cut. ISO 9001 certification for quality of Mikron Tool SA Agno.

2004
Launch of CrazyDrill™ Cool, high-performance drill bits with interior cooling.

2005
Launch of the Mikron NRG-50™ machining system. SQS Qualification to ISO 9001:2000, ISO 14001:2004, OHSAS 18001:1999. 2006 OHSAS 18001 qualification for safety at Mikron Tool SA Agno.

2007
Launch of the Multistep™ XT-200 machining system. Expansion of the standard cutting tool offering by MiquDrill™ and profile cutters.

2007
Mikron buys Namco SA.

2008
Launch of CrazyDrill™ Crosspilot, a pilot drill for inclined surfaces, and CrazyDrill™ Twicenter, a center drill with two integrated cooling ducts.

2009
Launch of the chamfer mills CrazyMill™ Frontchamfer and CrazyMill™ Backchamfer.

2010
New division name: "Mikron Machining".

2011
Launch of the Multistar NX-24 machining system.
 
2013
Mikron Machining launches the small milling cutter CrazyMill Cool and the Mikron NRG “Plus”.

2015
Mikron Tool opens its new Technology Center in Agno, Switzerland.

Mikron’s new full CNC high-precision rotary transfer machine, the Mikron VX-10 is launched and a new loading concept was presented at EMO 2015 for the Mikron Multistep XT-200 machining system.