Out of the box: Laser Automation

Out of the box: Laser Automation
Out of the box: Laser Automation

This week, with green glasses screwed on your nose, our economic column takes you to Laser Automation in La Chaux-de-Fonds. The company was founded by Jean-Claude Kullmann and his partner Pierre Grandjean in 1968. They had developed a technical laser welding process which made it possible to weld the spiral to the ferrule, the beating heart of watchmaking mechanics. The two men then developed and built a machine to carry out this operation and little by little, the company moved towards watchmaking subcontracting. Then came a period of crisis in the field and Laser Automation, which at the time was called Gekatron, diversified its activities and developed automated systems. A little over 30 years ago, Jean-Claude Kullmann’s two sons, Gilles and Jean-Christophe, entered the company and brought a new lease of life and a new change of direction, explains Jeremy Kullmann, marketing manager, sales and human resources and son of Jean-Christophe Kullmann.

Currently, Laser Automation only does subcontracting, particularly in the watchmaking and medical fields. The company still develops and builds its own machines, but no longer sells them. She uses them in her workshops. And we find Jean-Christophe Kullmann, director of Laser Automation, in the mechanical workshop for a visit:

Laser Automation is a little cramped in its premises in La Chaux-de-Fonds. The company has submitted a building permit application to increase its production area… A request which has not yet been approved. /lgn


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