A traditional German company in transition - How the Makino story began in Germany in the 70s.
In history, Germany and Japan were standing allies. In the 70s, there was an intensive cultural, scientific and economic exchange. Especially in Western history, the 1970s were considered a time of crises, upheavals and changes. Exactly during this time, in October 1978, Makino is getting into business with Heidenreich & Harbeck GmbH with a capital venture.
A German company with long lasting tradition
Heidenreich & Harbeck GmbH, located in Hamburg, was a company with a long lasting German tradition which was founded back in 1868 and whose expertise was originally in the production of lathes.
Local Production - Made in Germany
Makino decided to produce its products locally in the premises of Heidenreich & Harbeck. The first machine that was developed was the MC40, which was later further developed to the MC50. In total more than 500 machines were built. The model "Local Production” had proved itself. Therefore more machines such as FNC166 and MC86 1, 2 and 3 were developed. Later the system business FMS was added. The largest single order in the history of Heidenreich and Harbeck was the sale of large FMS worth over €50 million to Bulgaria and Russia
New name: Makino GmbH
The headquarter in Hamburg was taken over by the Japanese Makino Group in 1978. In 1997 the "local business" was expanded and business units were created throughout Europe. In 1999 the company was renamed to Makino GmbH.
In 2000, a second location was founded in Kirchheim unter Teck, near Stuttgart, in order to further expand the "Tool and Mould Making" division.
The location is in the middle of the Stuttgart metropolitan region which is known as the European competence centre for mechanical engineering and where world-leading products in tool and mould making are manufactured
On the 2010’s aerospace sector demanded more and more projects from Makino and the Aerospace centre was established, bringing people from different countries around Europe.
By 2015, the facilities were aerospace machines were living together with the most accurate die & mould machines was proven out to be too small, therefore, Makino expanded with a new showroom of over 1,000 sqm and the company building was also enlarged to hold a growing number of corporate functions.
With the growth of Makino in Kichheim unter Teck the headquarter was also moved from Hamburg in 2018.