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.


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


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.


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.


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.



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.

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

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

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

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

Introduction of the robotic assembly cell Syfast™.

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

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

Sales of the 500th Flexcell™.

Launch of the flexible feeding system Polyfeed™ standalone.

Launch of the G05™ Tray Handler system.

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

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

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".

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

Acquisition of IMA Automation Berlin GmbH.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Launch of the Multistep™ machining system.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

Mikron buys Namco SA.

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

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

New division name: "Mikron Machining".

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

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.

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.

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