From tradition to innovation

Our history is not only our groundwork, it also determines our future. NETSTAL's beginnings date back to 1857, when the "Maschinenfabrik, Eisen- & Messinggiesserei Ulrich Rietmann & Cie" was founded in Netstal (Switzerland). In 1945, NETSTAL sold its first injection molding machine and a few years later, construction began on the factory in Näfels, where the headquarters have been located since 1961. The company expanded continuously in the following decades and became the technology and performance leader in injection molding machine manufacturing with numerous innovations.

Technological milestones

In our slide show, we present a selection of the most important technological milestones of the NETSTAL brand since its beginnings in the construction of injection molding machines. Excellence since 1945.


World premiere of the new PET-LINE, Netstal's first PET machine with lateral removal.


NETSTAL also takes the lead in the area of digitalization. In 2018, the roll-out of the new e-service began.


Smart Operation, the innovative 4-button control system, was presented at Fakuma 2018.


The ELIOS, a high-performance machine for thin-wall packaging, celebrated its world premiere at K 2016.


Presentation of the new aXos control system.


Netstal presents the ELION, the first all-electric injection molding machine. The successful series has been continuously developed since its market launch and expanded by models with high-performance hybrid injection units.


With the introduction of the PET-LINE, NETSTAL paves the way for its successful development of the market for preform systems.


Market launch of the DiscJet, a special machine for optical discs. Until the collapse of the CD market in the mid-2000s, NETSTAL was the market leader in this segment.


Market launch of the SYNERGY. The hydraulic series was very successful. The last SYNERGY left the Näfels plant in 2017.


Presentation of the NETSTAL Neomat. The model was the first injection molding machine with Sycap process control.


NETSTAL sells the first injection molding machine.

Overview of the company's development

NETSTAL receives accreditation as a calibration laboratory from the Swiss Accreditation Service SAS. This allows the company to offer and perform machine calibrations according to ISO/IEC 17025:2017.

NETSTAL has been transformed into an independent subgroup within the KraussMaffei Group effective October 1, 2021. The company and brand are united under the common name NETSTAL. The headquarters of the new NETSTAL Group is in Näfels, Switzerland.

Change of name to KraussMaffei HighPerformance AG. NETSTAL remains on the product as a brand.

150th anniversary celebration in Näfels.

NETSTAL holds a global market share of 40% for CD systems.

Krauss-Maffei AG takes over the majority of shares in Netstal-Maschinen AG.

NETSTAL introduces the first PET system.

The company is renamed Netstal-Maschinen AG.

NETSTAL moves into its current plant at the Näfels site.

NETSTAL introduces the first injection molding machine.

Maschinenfabrik Rietmann is transformed into Maschinenfabrik & Gießerei Netstal AG.

Foundation of the machine factory "Eisen- & Messinggießerei Ulrich Rietmann & Cie." in Netstal.