In 1923, two young engineers, Josef Strausak and Wilhelm Arber, establish the partnership that will one day become Strausak.
Operating out of a small workshop on Josef Strausak’s farm, the company originally specialises in producing creating equipments parts for the local watch industry.
Strausak+Arber Maschinen-Fabric is founded in Lohn
Development of its first proprietary machine, for gear-cutting
Innovation & expansion
Increasing demand from the watch industry pushes Strausak to innovate, with the company releasing multiple proprietary machines over the decade. This technological edge allows Strausak to expand internationally, with the first international orders coming in 1932.
Strausak launches its first grinding machine
First international customers
While war and chaos engulf the rest of Europe, Strausak benefits from the relative strength and stability of the Swiss market, continuously expanding over the decade. Following the passing of both company founders, the company modernises its structure, anticipating the challenges of a rapidly changing world.
The company name is changed to Strausak & Cie
Major extension of the production facilities
Death of company founder Josef Strausak
Diversifying the business
Facing a decrease in demand from the watch sector, the company expands into instrument-making with new, more adaptive machines, and even ventures into fruit packaging.
Launch of the Type 119 double roller burnishing machine. Over 3000 units sold over 46 years.
New extension of the production facilities
New packaging machine for the fruit and vegetable industry
Technological & Commercial breakthroughs
The company diversification strategy pays off, with rapid growth forcing the company to expand its manufacturing plant several times over the decade. Demand is global, with Strausak being one of the first companies to export to the People’s Republic of China in 1969.
Launch of the Type 30 series hobbing machines. Over 2600 units sold over 35 years.
First machines exported to the PRC
Launch of a postcard vending machine
Foray into tool-making
As the quartz revolution continues to affect the watch industry, Strausak continues to diversify, launching its first automated machines and acquiring the licensing rights for a universal and tool grinding machine, a precursor of the machines it produces today.
Development of the first numerical controlled machine
Introduction of the first tool grinding machine
The company celebrates its 50th anniversary
STRAUSAK set up new representative offices worldwide
Delivery of 16 units of ceramic grinding machines to IBM
Digitalization and Automation
The launch of several CNC machines during the decade marks a turning point for Strausak. New levels were attained in precision, versatility, and ease of use, enabling the company to attract new, larger customers like Krupp or Philips.
Launch of the Type 81 CNC Ceramic Grinding Machine
First NUM unit installed on a Strausak machine
A specialist in tool-making
Following the sale of its watch division, Strausak was able to focus exclusively on developing modern tool-making machines. This helped the company weather a weak economy and multiple restructuring efforts.
Launch of the Type 91 CNC machine, or Fleximat, compatible with both IBM and NUM software
Strausak sells its watch division
The company is sold to PRO KMU, an investment firm
Saved by its customers
Following a failed takeover by an investment firm, the company is rescued by a descendant of the founder. Thanks to the support of loyal Strausak customers, maintenance and repair operations on old equipment help finance the development of a new generation of machines.
Erwin Strausak rescues Strausak from bankruptcy
A new beginning/era Geared for growth
The acquisition of Strausak by ROLLOMATIC, a world leader in industrial machines, sets the company on a sustainable path for growth. New machines and a strong culture of service help the company reconquer past customers, and aim for new global opportunities.
Strausak AG is bought by ROLLOMATIC
Launch of the U-grind machine
The new W-dress machine is awarded a Reddot Design Award
Integration of Stäubli robot
The new STRAUSAK ONE set a new reference in the tool production industry