Tthe Company Mikron located in Biel/Bienne (CH) builds the first hobbing machine for the manufacture of cylindrical gears. This achievement leads to the beginning of the company’s long history of success.
The first CNC controlled hobbing machines are introduced to the market. These machine types A15, A25 and A35 are still in operation in many plants and prove the extraordinary quality and longlife cycle of these renowned machines.
The gear department of Mikron AG is sold to the company Hermann Pfauter GmbH, Ludwigsburg, Germany. At the same time the branch of Pfauter Maschinenfabrik GmbH is founded in Switzerland.
The Hermann Pfauter GmbH is acquired by the American Gleason Group. The company name is changed to Gleason-Pfauter Maschinenfabrik. Gleason-Pfauter brings its new horizontal hobbing machines, models P60 and P90 to the market, replacing an older generation ofmachines. 15 years later both of these very popular machine models continue to be produced with the addition of new capabilities.
As demand for Gleason Hurth products grows worldwide,, the space in the existing plant in Biel/Bienne is no longer sufficient. The business location is relocated to Studen, where larger floor space and modern infrastructure are available to accommodate the significant growth anticipated in the future.
The production of the P210L machines is taken over from the parent company in Ludwigsburg. With this step Gleason-Pfauter Studen becomes the center of excellence for all horizontal machines within the Gleason Group.
The “Agilus” multifunctional machine is introduced to the market. This ground-breaking innovation allows for highly desirable turning, drilling, hobbing and chamfering on a single machine and just one clamping setup.
Today the branch of Gleason-Pfauter GmbH in Studen has grown to 80 employees, producing more than 70 machines a year for a growing array of customers around the world.