Fresmak was founded 10 April 1967 in a small industrial town called Zarautz, North of Spain, aiming at producing Milling Machines, taking its name from the Basque language “Fresadora Makinak”, FRES-MAK meaning milling machines.
One of the partners contacts Mr. Franz ARNOLD, a German engineer who came up with the MECHANICAL AND HYDRAULIC SYSTEMS OF HIGH PRESSURE in vices. He joins Fresmak as a business partner and thus begins the manufacturing of the first high pressure vices in the world, called the ARNOLD vices
FRESMAK expands into 5 countries and has a distributor in the USA
FRESMAK launches the first PNEUMO-HYDRAULIC high pressure vice
FRESMAK stablishes a subsidiary company in Sao Paulo, Brazil, called AMAIA DO BRASIL
70s and 80s
FRESMAK expands to over 25 countries worldwide
FRESMAK moves to new facilities at the new industrial area in Zarautz
FRESMAK patents its ARNOLD MAT vice in order to meet the needs of the machines in the market. A more compact machine vice was needed for milling machines and close-door machine centers.
FRESMAK gets the ISO9001 certification
FRESMAK patents its ARNOLD TWIN vice. A vice which can clamp two work pieces simultaneously.
FRESMAK enhances its manufacturing facility with high end machining centers such as Mori-Seiki machine centers, doubling its capacity to meet the fast growing demand for vices worlwide.
The Chamber of Commerce of the province of Gipuzkoa awards FRESMAK with the price in the SME category.
FRESMAK acquires additional facilities that increases its production capacity by 50%.
Mr. Ignacion Cenarruzabeitia, President of FRESMAK, gets the JOSE MARI KORTA honorary award for his business career.
FRESMAK sets up its own Research, Development and Innovation department.
FRESMAK patents its Self-centering Vice.
FRESMAK sets an American commercial office called ARNOLD Workholding INC. in the USA.
FRESMAK patents its AUTOMAT vice
FRESMAK gets support from the CDTI (Centre for Industrial Technological Development) for the project called Automation and Robotization of Clamping Systems.
FRESMAK participates in an European Project called Dynamill aimed at the Machining of Thin Walled Workpieces, led by the Fraunhofer Institute and nine other European partners. The project is focused on the Machining of Turbine Blades.
FRESMAK signs an agreement with the American company ZAGAR for the commercialization of its products.
FRESMAK sets up a subsidiary company in India called Fresmak ARNOLD Precision Engineering Pvt Ltd in order to support sales and services within the Indian market.
In colaboration with the Polymat Institute and the University of the Basque Country, FRESMAK developes a project called Designing and Development of a Chemical Mechanical Clamping Project for Aeronautics, CDTI subsidized.
FRESMAK signs a commercial agreement with BROWN and HOLMES for the commercialization of its products in the UK.