The Canton of Bern is located in the west of Switzerland and is one of the largest cantons in the country. The most populous city and capital of the canton is the federal city of the same name, Bern, which is also the seat of government of Switzerland. All 3 companies are part of our list of the largest machine builders in Switzerland.
- Contains the 100 top-selling mechanical engineering companies from Switzerland that are active in numerous subdivisions such as machine tools, packaging machinery, construction machinery, industrial equipment, textile machinery, etc.
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1. Bystronic Sales AG, Niederönz: 801 million CHF turnover
Bystronic specializes in machines for sheet metal processing. When it comes to automation of the complete material and data flow in the cutting and bending of sheet metal, Bystronic is considered a leader. The company employs over 3,000 people at more than 40 locations. Development and production sites are located in Germany, Italy, China, and the USA in addition to Switzerland. Until 2021, the Bystronic Group belonged to the Swiss industrial holding company Conzzeta. Following the sale of the remaining industrial holdings, this changed its name to Bystronic AG, the new umbrella of the Group. Bystronic Sales acts as the sales company.
2. UNITED GRINDING Group, Berne: CHF 700 million sales
The origins of the UNITED GRINDING Group lie in Germany. Starting in 1978, the cigarette machine manufacturer Hauni took over several mechanical engineering companies in Germany and Switzerland. Hauni later became the current industrial holding company Körber AG. Under its umbrella, the Schleifring Group was formed from the mechanical engineering holdings. This changed its name to UNITED GRINDING Group, headquartered in Bern, in 2012, and was sold by Körber to a strategic investor pool in 2018. UNITED GRINDING produces grinding, laser and eroding machines for hard fine machining. The group employs 2,300 people in the technology fields of surface and profile grinding, cylindrical grinding and tool grinding.
3. Mikron Holding AG, Biel/Bienne: 258 million turnover
The company was founded in 1908 as Maschinenfabrik Mikron AG. Initially, it produced gear cutting machines and tools for the Swiss watch industry. From the 1960s, the focus shifted to the manufacture of production and assembly systems for various industrial sectors. In addition to watch manufacturers, Mikron’s customers include automotive suppliers, medical technology companies, and the pharmaceutical, consumer goods and writing utensil industries. The business comprises the Mikron Machining (manufacturing systems for individual parts and materials production), Mikron Automation (assembly systems for smaller products and assemblies) and Mikron Tool (high-precision cutting tools) divisions. The company employs nearly 1,500 people. Mikro Holding acts as the corporate umbrella.
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