Milestones

From the establishment of our up-and-coming company until today – here are the most important stages of our development.

 

2019

Opening of the SORALUCE Plant 5, where the P range – Portal milling and turning centers are produced.
(Photo: NC Fertigung/Rüdiger Kroh)

Best of Industry Award for SORALUCE VSET.

2018

Presentation of the grinding function in the multitask centers.

SORALUCE VSET awarded with the MM Award AMB 2018.

2017

Presentation of “The Intelligent Machine”.

2016

Red Dot Award for Design.

 

Introduction of the first smart machine.

25th company anniversary.

 

 

2015

Presentation of the new design of the new SORALUCE machine generation.

European Quality Innovation of the Year Award.

Best of Industry Award for DAS System.

 

2014

Production of the first SORALUCE KB horizontal boring machine for components in the oil and gas industry.

2013

The German Federal President, Joachim Gauck, visits our stand at the EMO in 2013.

At SMS Meer Mönchengladbach, BIMATEC SORALUCE installs the largest automated production line in the company’s history with four interlinked floor type milling, turning, and drilling centers with a length of 120 meters.

A world first in vibration damping DAS System (Dynamics Active Stabilizer) is presented to customers.

 

2012

Extension of BIMATEC SORALUCE by a new 2100 m² technology center and an 750 m² office building.

SORALUCE delivers the FXR 64000, the largest floor type milling, turning and drilling center to date to CIMOLAI Italy for machining components for the world’s largest ship.

2011

Market launch of the first F-MT multitask turning, milling and grinding center.

2010

Presentation of world innovations: Patented quill / milling head changing system.

2009

Opening of the SORALUCE Plant 4 where the F-series – floor type milling, turning, and drilling centers with a vertical travel of up to 8 meters are produced.

2006

First stepless milling head is produced in series.

2004

First big order from Bombardier for a production line of five machines for machining bogies. Order value of 7.8 million euros.

2003

Production of the first PMG series gantry type portal milling machine.

The first machine without a cooling lubricant system and implementation dry machining together with our customer Abus from Gummersbach.

2001

Production of the first SORALUCE TA-A series universal bed type milling and boring center as the successor to the SORA series.

Delivery of the first duplex machine with two opposing traveling columns to SBS in Dresden.

2000

First turn key project with delivery of a travelling column machine including production strategy and technology for the processing of copper mold plates to SMS in Hilchenbach.

1999

Opening ceremonies of the new BIMATEC SORALUCE Service, Spare Parts and Training Center. New 500 m² office building and 500 m² hall.

1998

First stepless milling head is produced in series.

Production of the first orthogonal automatic stepless milling head.

 

1993

The first SORALUCE SL fixed table travelling column milling and boring center with linear guiding system is introduced and delivered to the market worldwide.

The world’s first machine with horizontal ram with linear guiding technology.

1992

Opening of new building with a 500 m² office and a 790 m² demonstration center.

First participation at the Metav machine tool trade fair in Düsseldorf.

First turnkey order from Projekt ABB for the machining of bogies.

Entry into the automotive industry with the delivery of a bed type milling and boring center to Zimmermann’s successor in Gladenbach.

1991

The BIMATEC company is founded by Fred Bisgwa and Walter Markuske.

First in-house exhibition in a bus garage in Limburg.

The first SORALUCE FS floor type milling and boring center is produced and delivered to Trendelkamp in Nordwalde. This machine was used later to mill the official Federal Eagle for the Lower House of the German Parliament.

1988

Production of the first SORALUCE SORA bed type milling machine with automatically stepless milling head for Butler Newall.

1981

Start of production of machining centers.

1975

Start of production of radial boring machines.

1966

Start of production of special machines in the milling sector and transfer lines.

1962

Founding of SORALUCE.

Start of production of classic drilling machines.