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The Swiss Jura region, an important mechanical engineering stronghold and the birthplace of the bar feeding system

While the region is home to a variety of economic activities, its international reputation undoubtedly stems from the area’s machine tool expertise developed a century ago in response to the needs of the local watch-making industry.

The precise and high-tech nature of the region’s mechanical and watch-making products enjoys worldwide recognition, with these products exported to the four corners of the globe. Additionally the region is host to an array of burgeoning industries including medical, aerospace and renewable energy (wind and solar).

From yesterday to today

It is no coincidence that LNS established itself in the Jura Arc region, as the company recognized the importance of being near its customers and their technical knowhow. In December 1972, three friends: Mr. Léchot (L), Mr. Neukomm (N) and Mr. Scemama (S), came together with the intention of developing, assembling and distributing mechanical bar loaders for the precision machining used by watch-makers in the Jura region. This idea became reality in January 1973 when they launched manufacturing activities in Orvin

The watch-making crisis of 1974 affected the activities of the business and pushed it in a new direction with the help of a young and ingenious precision-machining technician named Mr. Philippe Scheurer. In 1975, following the contractual acquisition of Mr. Scheurer’s patents, LNS invented the first hydraulic bar feeder, better known as the Hydrobar®. In practice, this system guides a rotating bar into a bath of oil, covering it in a fine film. This reduces friction, noise and vibration while allowing the machine tool to increase spindle speed and, ultimately, become far more efficient.

This invention was such a resounding success that not only did the LNS business increase significantly, but the name Hydrobar® has become a generic term still used throughout the machine tool industry.

Following this milestone, and despite economic pressures, the company shifted its focus toward product development. Hence, increasingly innovative and smarter products followed throughout the years, to the great benefit of LNS’ clients. Through innovation and acquisitions, the path travelled has led LNS, still privately held today, to an enviable market position worldwide.

Mr. Philippe Scheurer, Mr. Maurice Scemama and Mr. André Léchot at LNS’ 25th anniversary celebration.

Assembly line of bar feeders in the early 1990’s.

The first LNS manufacturing facility based in Orvin, Switzerland. It is now the headquarters of the LNS Group.