60 years of SIM – A proud history


The company was founded in 1959 as an in-house constructor of special machines for the zip manufacturer Kombinat Solidor GmbH. Unlike many other mechanical engineers, we were thus able to plan and manufacture both feeding and assembly technology right from the very beginning – and offer our mechanical engineering solutions as a service thanks to our SIM concept.

At the beginning ...

Year Milestone
1959 Construction/design office and special machine construction facilities founded in Heiligenstadt
1970 Main special machine construction facility at Solidor headquarters in Heiligenstadt
1986 Relocation to new offices and manufacturing building (now company headquarters)
1990 SIM Automation becomes an independent business division
1992 Acquisition by family Julius Thyssen Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH, expansion of site and major increase in sales
1995 DIN / ISO 9001 certification


The new millennium

Year Milestone
2003 Market launch as “SIM Assembly Machines” and “SIM Feeding Technology”
2008 Clean room (Class C / ISO Class 7) put into operation for the assembly and validation of equipment for the medical engineering and pharmaceuticals industry
Since 2008 Increased focus on international business
2012 Establishment of new product segment “Testing and inspection systems”
2014 Launch of the innovative “SIM Marker” laser marking system

Presentation of the new “SIM Feeder” screw feeding system

2016 “SIM Drive” handling system; electrical, pneumatic or cam-controlled
2017 Development of in-house software standard for fast, solution-oriented programs
2018 Market launch of “SIM Mini” laser marking cell
2019 Use of 3D printing in assembly plants and feeding systems


And today?

Of course, today we like to look at what we have achieved in the past, but we still prefer to look into the future.