EWAG has been writing grinding history since 1946. EWAG developed from a small enterprise into an internationally active company with approximately 150 employees. Its former pioneering spirit is also reflected in its present-day products, and is impressively demonstrated by the quality and quantity of its innovations.
Foundation of Edel-Werkzeug AG by Dr. H. Pfluger, G. Vogt-Schild, Dr. H. Vogt and Director O. Remund in Solothurn on November 6, 1946.
The first manufacturing premises were in Zuchwil and in a garage in Biberist.
Development of manual machines
- Start of production in a shed on the present Sulzer area in Zuchwil with a workforce of 30 people.
- Ewag's origins lay in tool production (e.g. grinding hard metal lathe tools)
- Construction of the WS10 prototype and a first series of three machines.
- Design of the legendary WS11.
- Presentation of the WS11 at Hanover trade fair.
Design of manual machines for PCD
- Development of the RS2 radius grinding machine
- Purchase of Factory 1 in Etziken.
- Further development as RS3 with different variants
Further development of manual
- Further development as WS11-A.
- Further development as WS11 SP (spiral).
- Further development as RS3-AP.
- Development of RS10 as successor of the RS3
Growth and diversification
- Start of development of the RS series with manufacture of the RS12 as successor of the RS10.
1982 and 1983
- Design of the LS01 lapping grinding machine and of the AS40 drill sharpening machine.
- Development of the FS600 cutter grinding machine.
- Opening of subsidiary, the Ewag Corporation, in Smithfield, Rhode Island (USA) on 1st September.
- Presentation of the first CNC machine, the RS 12, at IMTS Chicago (USA).
CNC Machinery Development
- Development of EWAMATIC.
- Inclusion of the RS15 in Ewag's product portfolio and production start for the first generation of EWAMATIC.
- Construction start of new building for the Ewag Corporation in North Kingstown, Rhode Island (USA).
- Further development of the EWAMATIC LINE.
- Development of the first EASYGRIND prototypes.
Modernization and new development
- Development of the first ROTOLINE prototypes.
- New main shareholder of Ewag AG: Körber Schleifring, Hamburg.
- Further development of the EASYGRIND with a pallet system and robot. Delivery of the 3000th WS11 as Special Golden Edition at EMO.
- Presentation of the COMPACT LINE at EMO.
- Modernization of the WS11 and WS11-SP.
- Presentation of the newly developed INSERT LINE and LASER LINE at the demo days at the Ewag premises in Etziken.
- Collaboration with our sister company Walter Maschinenbau GmbH in Tübingen, Germany is intensified, to enable us to offer our customers a complete range of tool machining services.
- Grinding, eroding, laser machining, measuring, software and services from a single source!
- The Schleifring Group becomes the UNITED GRINDING Group.
- The new machine design of the UNITED GRINDING Group will be presented at the EMO in Hanover.
- The EMO will see the premiere presentation of the newly developed 6th axis of the COMPACT LINE.
- The machine is used for grinding hard metal, ceremet, ceramic, PCB and PCD indexable inserts.
- With incredibly powerful technology in the smallest possible space, the COMPACT LINE sets a new benchmark in the versatile manufacture of reversible plates.