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.

2008–2016

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.

2017 - 2021

Restructuring and recovery

 

 

Mikron Automation

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.

2014
The Automation division expands its facilities and capacity for handling large global projects by dividing up the tasks between various companies. The Berlin site delivers the first assembly cells based on the standardized Mikron G05 platform.

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.

2016
Mikron Automation presents its latest version of the Totem interface to manage multiple vision cameras, as well as its new PC control software "Mikron Object Oriented Software".

At Mikron Corporation Denver, the first three Senior high school students from Cherry Creek School District start their US Department of Labor approved apprenticeship.

2017
To accommodate the company's rapid growth, Mikron Automation is expanding its US headquarters in Denver by 1,750 m². The industrial facility now covers a total of 7,600 m².

2017
Mikron Singapore Pte Ltd celebrates its 10th anniversary. Mikron had acquired the company, which was founded in 1996 as Integral Systems Pte Ltd, in 2007.

2018
Mikron launches new digital service solutions (Industry 4.0). At Automatica in Munich, for example, Mikron is presenting the latest trends in modern simulation technology with a digital twin of the Mikron G5 assembly platform.

2018
Mikron Boudry, headquarters of Mikron Automation, is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The company's history goes back to the Haesler manufacturing company founded in 1908, which was taken over by Mikron in 1961.

2019
Mikron Automation opens a subsidiary in the Kaunas area, Lithuania. At the new site, the company develops and manufactures industrial automation systems for the automotive supply industry.

2021
Mikron Boudry opens the modern Next Factory, at the headquarters of the Mikron Automation division. After 16 months of construction, the 7 800 m² extension is operational. The expansion enables continuous growth in the automation business.

 

 

Mikron Machining

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”.

2014
Following the first deliveries of Mikron NRG machines to the USA at the end of 2013, Mikron Machining sells the first Mikron Multistep XT-200 machining system to a US customer.

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.

2016
Mikron Tool launches a high-performance small diameter carbide drill with internal cooling to reduce the heat at the tip and optimal chip removal.

2019
The Mikron MultiX rotary transfer machine wins the Innovation Award at EMO, the world's largest trade fair for metalworking. The new platform convinces with its application-specific and easily convertible machining solutions for the production of 50 up to 5 000 000 parts.

2020
The Mikron MultiX, which already won an award at EMO 2019 in Hannover, also wins the Best of Industry Award 2020. The trade magazine MM Maschinenmarkt honors the innovative rotary transfer machine in the category manufacturing technology.

The company launches Mikron miTool, a novel system for tool monitoring. It provides an efficient and simple way of monitoring, increasing the overall equipment effectiveness (OEE).

Mikron Tool

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”.

2014
Following the first deliveries of Mikron NRG machines to the USA at the end of 2013, Mikron Machining sells the first Mikron Multistep XT-200 machining system to a US customer.

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.

2016
Mikron Tool launches a high-performance small diameter carbide drill with internal cooling to reduce the heat at the tip and optimal chip removal.

2017
Drilling and milling in small dimensions with the highest quality: Mikron Tool launches the CrazyDrill Cool SST-Inox and the CrazyMill Cool full radius Z4 for machining stainless and heat-resistant materials.

2018
Mikron Tool becomes a separate division within the Mikron Group. The expansion of the production sites in Agno (Switzerland) and Rottweil (Germany) increases production capacity for tools.

The newly developed CrazyMill Cool P&S has a special 3-groove geometry and is particularly characterised by its excellent properties with rust, heat and acid-resistant materials.

2019
Mikron Tool wins the "Best Performance Company" award. The special prize, awarded for the first time at the PRODEX Awards in Basel, recognizes outstanding corporate performance in the fields of innovation, consistency and international market success.

2020
Mikron Tool presents the Hexalobe range for medical screws titanium or stainless steel from. The CrazyDrill Hexalobe and the CrazyMill Hexalobe enable 50 percent faster machining of hexagon socket shapes ("Torx®" screws).

2021
Mikron Tool now offers tools with diameters in intermediate dimensions in inches. This meets the growing customer demand for the units commonly used in the USA.