The history of WFL


1948

VOEST-ALPINE Linz/Austria establishes a machine tool production for their own steel works. 

1950

Production of conventional lathes, more than 50,000 sold.

1974

Take over of WEIPERT / Germany and production of the Weipert Heavy Duty-production lathes in Linz.

1982

Development of a slant bed machine range and of the first WNC 500S MILLTURN (later M55 MILLTURN). First real complete machining by 4-axes turning and 5-axes milling in a lathe. Continued until 1999.

1984

Presentation of the 1st MILLTURN on the METAV fair in Düsseldorf. Production of the 1st WNC 700S MILLTURN (later M70 MILLTURN). Continued until 1999.

1992

Production of the 1st M30 and M30-G MILLTURN, new machine generation with single tool post, external tool magazine and double spindle configuration.

1993

Restructuring and partial privatisation of state-owned VOEST ALPINE. Incorporation of the MILLTURN production into the German AUTANIA AG (www.autania.de ). New company name: WFL MILLTURN TECHNOLOGIES (WFL).

2001

The M120 MILLTURN is voted machine of the year by the German trade magazine „Industrieanzeiger“.

2002

Presentation of the new MILLTURN generation M40 and M40-G and delivery of the first M150 MILLTURN. WFL is awarded a prize for the development of the M40/M40-G by the technology and marketing society of province of Upper Austria.

2005

The new M35 Millturn replaces the M30 Millturn.

2007

Presentation of the M50 Millturn at the world-leading fair EMO in Hannover.

2008

Patent granted for real-time collision prevention software CrashGuard.

2009

World premiere of the new 150 Millturn for diameters of up to 1500mm and machining lengths of up to 8000mm at the EMO fair in Milan.

2009

Certification of the company according to EN ISO 9001:2008.    

2010

World premiere of the new M120 Millturn/3000mm at the AMB in Stuttgart and the JIMTOF in Tokyo.

2011

World premiere of the new machine model M80 Millturn/3000mm at the EMO in Hanover.

2013

World premiere of the new machine model M80 Millturn/6000mm at the EMO in Hanover.

2015

World premiere of the "integrated laser unit" at the EMO in Milan.