Léon Reich, being a watchmaker in Biel, invented and developed the
“Règlomètre”, a patented device to tune simply and easily mechanical watches.
He associated with Roland Krumm.
Ruth Reich, Leon’s wife, takes care of secretarial work and accounting.
Immediately great success of the “Règlomètre”. Léon Reich left his job as a
watchmaker. Rental of a workshop in Brügg.
Inscription in the commercial register as Hormec SA, watch mechanization.
Expansion and rental of a 60 m2 workshop at Lischenweg 4 in Biel.
Further expansion to 90 m2
Relocation of the headquarters to Nidau, where additional 300 m2 were available
Development of the watch manufacturing industry and its automation.
Expansion in Biel at Lischenweg: additional 200 m2.
Development of automated dosing machines to satisfy the strong demand from
customers in the automotive and electronics sectors.
First assembly line for IBM computer keyboards.
Acquisition of the mechanical facilities Apiani Bevaix and establishing
Development of the automated electronic welding line.
Expansion in Nidau on the 3rd floor of the building Progressia: additional 500 m2.
Automatic assembly line for Kodak with more than 60 working places
First automatic watch assembly line for Bulova.
Expansion in Nidau on the 2nd floor of the building Progressia: additional 300 m2.
Automatic assembly line for alarm clocks and clocks for Kienzle
Sale of the automation and the welding sectors to the German group Schunk.
Expansion in Nidau with more space for exhibition.
Repurchase of Rolland Krumm’s shares by Léon Reich.
Death of Roland Krumm.
Philip Reich, the 3rd son of Léon and Ruth Reich joined the company.
Patent for a modular volumetric dosing machine G11.
Patent for a continuously degassing system <> for medium and high
Construction and move to a new building in Ipsach having 4’000 m2.
Acquisition of the automation company Nutt & Jaggi in Bevaix.
Closing of the facilities in Bevaix and centralization in Ipsach.
Léon Reich left his operational activities at the age of 87 years, leaving the
management to his son.
The Company in its 2nd generation is headed by Philippe Reich.
Sale of the activities of Nutt & Jaggi company to HME Trading AG in Einsiedeln.
Death of Léon Reich shortly before his 89th birthday