CNC automatic lathes

Chronik (History)

The following is a short overview of our company history

Many years of CNC experience, a customer oriented approach and continual adaptation to new requirements such as job time optimisation, cost reduction, rationalisation and process automation has made STAR Micronics GmbH from Neuenbuerg the market leader for CNC automatic lathes in Germany

2021

Presentation of cutting force monitoring, continuous, reliable process and tool monitoring on star* machines (also for retrofitting).

STAR Micronics introduces another small machine, the SL-10.

Working for STAR for 30 years, Mr. Gerhard Proß the head of our on-site service and dispatching.

20th anniversary, Mr. Marco Wurster, Sales Officer.

Anniversary 40 years STAR, with more than 6000 CNC lathes.

We mourn the loss of our former senior manager and founder of the distribution of STAR products; Mr. Robert Grob, who passed away peacefully on October 4, 2021 at the age of 91 (born on 02.02.1930).

Award as "Volunteer-friendly employer in civil protection".

2020

Bodo Apitz, our sales representative for Saarland, Hesse and southern Rhineland Palatinate, will retire at the end of 2020.

Mr. Apitz's successor is ready to go: Severin Bobon will take over the representative area (Saarland, Hesse and southern Rhineland Palatinate).

30 years company anniversary, Mr. Andreas König, service engineer.

After almost 20 years in leading capacity, Mr. Klaus Modery (office manager) is retiring well-deserved.

STAR Micronics presents the CNC automatic lathe SR-20JII type A.

20 years company anniversary, Ms. Maria Rostan, authorised officer and responsible for finance and human resources.

New sales representative for South Baden-Württemberg - part East: Witali Friedrich.

20 years company anniversary, Mr. Thomas Keck, service manager.

20 years company anniversary, Mr. Uwe Kälber, managing director, Friedrich Britsch and sales represantive for North Baden-Würrtemberg.

2019

STAR Micronics presents the new SX-38 CNC automatic lathes.

15 sucessful years under the name STAR Micronics GmbH.

New sales representative for Bavaria: Denis Torscher.

20 years company anniversary, Mr. Olaf Frank, service engineer.

2018

STAR Micronics presents the high speed loader (HSL)

Our STAR for 25 years now - Mr. Bodo Apitz "our man" in Hesse and Rhineland Palatinate.
20 years company anniversary, Mr. Michael Seibold, managing director.
20 years company anniversary, Mr. Jens Allion, sales spare parts/accessories

2017

HFT* High frequency turning. A STAR innovation.

Star*Cam – New camera-system inside the CNC automatic lathe.

STAR Micronics presents the new SR-20JII CNC automatic lathe.

Our STAR for 15 years now - Dirk Werner Müller "our man" in Northrhine-Westphalia.

New sales representative for South Baden-Württemberg - part West: Mr. Dennis Reiser

New sales representative for South Baden-Württemberg - part East: Mr. Viktor Horn

2016

STAR Micronics presents the new SR-32JII typ B CNC automatic lathe.

25 years company anniversary, Mr. Gerhard Pross, service manager.

2015

Allstar*-cup in Gosheim.

No. 5.000 CNC automatic lathe in Germany.

Mr. Markus Efinger taking over the bavarian sales area after the sudden death of Mr. Klaus Dieterle.

STAR Micronics presents the new SR-38 CNC automatic lathe.

25 years company anniversary, Mr. Andreas König, service engineer

2014

STAR Micronics presents the new SW-12RII CNC automatic lathe.

STAR Micronics presents the new ST-20 CNC automatic lathe.

STAR Micronics presents the new SB-12R typ G CNC automatic lathe.

2013

STAR Micronics presents the new SB-20R typ G CNC automatic lathe.

20 years NC-FOX - the first choice, when it comes to simple, fast and efficient programming of star* CNC automatic lathes.

New sales representative for Rheinland-Pfalz - Nord Mr. Thomas Ahring, Fa. Friedrich Britsch GmbH

New sales representative for Baden-Württemberg - Nord Mr. Stefan Kälber, managing director, Friedrich Britsch GmbH

STAR Micronics presents the SV-38R CNC automatic lathe.

2012

STAR Micronics presents the SR-20RIV CNC automatic lathe.

The company Harald Maier in Germering / Bavaria receives the 4,000th star* CNC automatic lathe in Germany.

The 30th edition of the customer magazine "Infostar" has been published.

2011

STAR Micronics presents the new SW-20 CNC automatic lathe.

2010

STAR Micronics presents the new ST-38 CNC automatic lathe.

STAR Micronics GmbH moves into the new service centre.

2009

The trust customers have placed in us and our products has made STAR Micronics market leader in Germany for CNC automatic lathes. In Germany more than 3,000 "stars" are installed. This enormous number presents us with new challenges.

2008

STAR Micronics sets new priorities: climate protection, energy efficiency, noise insulation and the RoHS guidelines are actively implemented with the new star* CNC automatic lathes.

2007

The new star* CNC automatic lathe SR-20Rlll is presented at the 7th OPEN HOUSE in Neuenbuerg, Germany. Quick, quiet, environmen­tally friendly, economic.

In September at the EMO 2007 trade fair in Hannover the new star* CNC automatic lathe ECAS-20T is exhibited. Star Micronics grows to 34 employees.

2006

10th anniversary of Star Micronics.
26 employees and 1 apprentice are employed by Star Micronics.

On 31st March, 2006 Star Micronics raffles the star* Mini. The winner is the company "Gebr. Kümmerle GmbH" in Rheinfelden.

2005

5000 star* CNC automatic lathes have now been sold in Europe.

2000 CNC automatic lathes have been delivered to customers in Germany.

2004

LAGRO is renamed Star Micronics GmbH on 1st July, 2004.
A new dimension for long turning: the ECAS 32T.

There are now more than 1850 star* CNC automatic lathes sold in Germany. LAGRO is appointed sales representative for Scandinavia.

2003

In 2003 more than 1700 star* CNC automatic lathes are sold. Annual sales of more than 100 machines are achieved. 24 persons are employed by LAGRO. The second OPEN HOUSE is held at the LAGRO premises. LAGRO is appointed sales representative for the Benelux countries.

2002

The 1500th star* CNC automatic lathe, type SR 32, goes to the company Robert Weber GmbH, Gosheim.

2001

Reconstruction and modernisation of the company building.

The first OPEN HOUSE on the company premises. The OPEN HOUSE presents the star* CNC automatic lathe SI-12. The ECAS 20 is launched on the market.

2000

The 1250th star* CNC automatic lathe, an SA 12/16, goes to the company "Präzisionsdrehteile Barchfeld GmbH". LAGRO grows: 20 employees serve to ensure quality and customer satisfaction. The OPEN HOUSE is organised in co-operation with the company Britsch GmbH, Pforzheim.

1999

The 1000th star* CNC automatic lathe, type SR 32, is sold to the company Leibold & Amann.

The internet is embraced: LAGRO presents the company on more than 50 pages in the internet. A valuable and up-to-date platform for star* CNC automatic lathes.

1998

Michael Seibold takes over the company management at LAGRO.

1996

Robert Grob sells the LAGRO company to Star Micronics, represented by the President Akio Suzuki.

Sale of the 750th star* CNC automatic lathe, type SR-32, to the company Grimm, Gosheim. SV-20: The first CNC automatic lathe in the SV series with 8 axes.

1995

Customer information and trans­parency are important: The first issue of the customer magazine "Infostar". More service for customers: 10 employees are responsible for service, engineering and sales.

1993

star*CNC automatic lathes are characterised by continuous engineering innovations. KNC-32II: New control system with additional height axis for the turret.

1986/1987

Service is in the ascendency: In 1986 a further service technician is engaged. The LAGRO team now consists of 5 employees. KNC-16/20: The superlative machine! With 7 axes and 26 tool stations.

1985

Werner Schweizer starts his long career as a self-employed sales representative. He is decisive for the overall success of the company (1985 to 1999).

1984

Mrs. Grob takes up employment in her husband's company and initially manages the telephone switchboard before later working on administra­tive duties. First exhibition at a trade fair: LAGRO exhibits the JNC-16 at the Fameta trade fair in Nuremberg.

1983

Première: The introduction of overlapped machining. LAGRO is granted the complete sales territory for star* CNC automatic lathes in Germany, including commissioning and service. From then on the company sells exclusively star* CNC automatic lathes. VNC-20: Worldwide the first CNC automatic lathe with simultaneous front and back working (overlapped machining).

1981

Star Micronics exhibits at the Hanover EMO trade fair in Europe for the first time. The Brown & Sharp company based in Zürich becomes star* representative for the whole of Europe. Eugen Brühwiler, managing director of the Swiss company transfers the star* representation for the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg to Robert Grob. The company Hutzel GmbH, Stuttgart orders the first SNC-15 from LAGRO, one of the first star* CNC automatic lathes in Europe.

1980

The company founders decide to separate: Adolf Lang dedicates himself to trading exclusively with used machine tools. Robert Grob becomes the sole shareholder of the company LAGRO. Sales activities concentrate on new machines, mainly with cam-controlled automatic lathes.

Adolf Kirschenhuber, a man present at the start: Technical sales manager and first service technician for LAGRO. The team consists of 3 employees.

1979

On 1st January, 1979 the company "LAGRO Werkzeugmaschinen und Handels-GmbH" is founded by Adolf Lang and Robert Grob. The company trades exclusively with used machines, and in particular with automatic lathes. The company premises are situated in an empty building belonging to the former Falk textile factory in Neuenbuerg, Germany.