The history of Reed
From a two-man business to a successful company.
Founded by two young enthusiasts, the success story of Reed Electronics AG started in 1986. Much like many other companies, production initially took place in a rented garage. At this time, the focus was solely placed on sensors for monitoring fluids. The two founders soon enjoyed their first taste of success. From these early days, a number of partnerships have developed that remain in place to this very day.
Due to a lack of space, operations were moved to rented premises in an industrial building in Schachen (canton of Lucerne).
Purchase of the first company building. Up to this point, the company still only produced and sold level sensors. In the same year, a neighbouring company enquired about the development of a machine that could automatically connect thermoplastic hoses. The company seized this opportunity and the Development department was established in 1997.
Three years after the enquiry, the ReeWelder – the first generation of the modern-day Biowelder® TC – was launched on the market. The current version of this product is now in its fourth generation.
The first version of a machine that safely separates thermoplastic hoses is launched on the market. The ReeSealer is the predecessor of the current Biosealer® TC series, which is now available on the market in its second generation.
Exactly ten years after the market launch of the Reewelder, Reed enters into a strategic and successful partnership with the renowned German Sartorius Group.
Both the sensor system and biotech sectors and the Development department are continuously expanded. The number of employees is constantly increasing and space is at a premium in the company's premises. To meet the increasing demands from all sides, a decision is made in 2013 for a new building to be constructed. Planning for this project commences.
Acquisition of the new building. The large amount of space available promotes the further development of the company.
Suction lances with integrated fluid monitoring have been produced for numerous customers for a number of years. In 2015, a decision was made to develop the standard suction lance in three different lengths. These are successfully launched in 2016.
Launch of the first medical product Maconnect. The first multiple sterile welding device for the connection of up to 6 tube connections. Automation is coming, based on the old know-how of the Reed company.
From it's beginnings as a two-person company, it has grown into a successful enterprise with 50+ employees. One of the founders, Thomi Christen, still serves as the CEO and, along with his family, is the owner of this thriving Central Swiss company... to be continued