High-performance ceramics with history and future
Oxide Ceramics is a high-tech material with outstanding, fascinating properties. For 40 years, Metoxit AG has been using the convincing advantages of this natural material to jointly develop innovative products, components or application technology manufacturing processes with industrial partners from all over the world.
With precision balls and measuring components made of technical ceramics, Saphirwerk carries a piece of Switzerland into the world.
100 years of experience and innovation in polishing and grinding enable the production of the most perfect balls in the world.
Founding of Metoxit AG as a joint venture of Alusuisse and Tonwerke Thayngen.
Both companies each own 50% of the new company.
First Managing Director was world known ceramic expert Dr. Ing. Wolfhart Rieger.
New innovative products are created, such as hip joint balls made of high-purity alumina and zirconium oxide.
The balls are subjected to a hot isostatic pressing (HIP), at that time an absolute novelty in the industry.
1985 – 1986
The AGZ acquires 50% shares of Tonwerke Thayngen and Alusuisse and becomes the sole owner of Metoxit AG.
1990 – 1991
The FDA Food and Drug Administration issues a masterfile for aluminum and zirconia ball heads.
Entry into the CAD / CAM technology, first blocks of zirconium oxide are manufactured.
1997 – 2000
ISO certification and CE marking for medical devices.
2004 – 2005
Metoxit enters the series production of CAD / CAM discs as a pioneer.
Metoxit AG is celebrating its 40th anniversary. A sign of stability and Swiss Spirit.