Maxon Motor is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2011. Having manufactured motors for applications ranging from electric shavers to equipment for use on the surface of Mars, today the company is known as one of the world's leading suppliers of high-precision motors, drives and systems for design engineers.
The Swiss company began life as Interelectric Sachseln AG in 1961, producing DC motors and the shaving foils for Braun Electric Razors. From these relatively humble origins, the business made a defining switch in 1968 to developing tiny DC motors with ironless rotors, thereby doubling efficiency compared to traditional models and revolutionising the market for miniature motors.
Since then, the company has consistently been at the forefront of innovation, pushing boundaries in terms of size, reliability and performance of all its components.
50 years on, Maxon motors can be found in almost all cutting-edge applications, from high-temperature subsea drilling to two generations of NASA Mars Rovers.
Win an Apple iPad 2
To celebrate the company's journey so far, Maxon Motor UK will present one lucky person with an Apple iPad 2. All would-be winners have to do to be in the running is fill out a short survey at www.maxonmotor.co.uk.
Keith Ellenden, the CEO of Maxon Motor UK, says: "It is astounding to track Maxon's development from a fairly small concern in the 60s to become one of the most trusted manufacturers of high-performance components in the world.
"But we have never been content to rest on our laurels! We are already coming up with brand new ways to innovate in our 51st year. And in our survey, you can influence our future development – whether it is new products, or simply great service.
"What is more, you could win yourself an Apple iPad 2 for your trouble. So come online, have your say and celebrate with us!"
Maxon Mmotor UK offers a huge range of high-performance DC motors, gearhead and controllers, and will also work with customers to develop bespoke products to suit particular requirements. To contact the company, or to fill out its 50th anniversary survey for a chance to win an Apple iPad 2, go to www.maxonmotor.co.uk.