is a swiss company specialized in powder technology and micronisation
that implemented an efficient design and manufacturing organization
with modern research and development facilities, dedicated to quality
micronisers and other powder-related equipment and total process containment
has pioneered, since its 1987 foundation, the ultra-fine grinding systems
for a large variety of products such as: abrasives, fine chemicals,
cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, plastics, ceramics, minerals, pigments and
metal alloys, and has consistently delivered the most suitable equipment
for every application
APTM SA is a privately owned company based in Lugano, Switzerland, specialising
in the development, manufacture and marketing of micronisers and related
equipment and ultra-fine powder technologies for many applications.
We are independent and not part of any other equipment or contract manufacturing
APTM started operations in 1987 based on the pharma-related business
of Arescom Switzerland, that had 15-years experience in the research,
development and manufacture of special equipment. Arescom's equipment
development started in the early 1970s, as part of research work carried
out by its founder, Dr.Ing. Adrian Fulga, at the ICPMUA laboratories.
The production of micronisers and related isolators was made in the
mid 1980s by OLSA in Italy, that also manufactured a wide range of pharma-processing
equipment. In 1989, the powder engineering division of Arescom Inc.(USA)
moved to Bioggio, Switzerland and merged with APTM. The business of
micronisers declined in 1991, as it was not part of OLSA's core business
activity, and little investment was made in new equipment or product
Adrian Fulga, current Technical Director, and new shareholders approached
the company with a proposal to buy the business, as he believed it had
great potential related to micronising technology. Negotiations and
take-over were completed by the end of 1992.
in Lugano-Bioggio until 1995, when the executive offices moved to the
current 5000 sqft (460 m2) R&D laboratories in Stabio, Switzerland
and the assembling facilities 28000 sqft (2600 m2) in Nuova Milanese,
near Milan, Italy.
Main offices remained all the time in Lugano, Switzerland. Click
here for indications how to find us.
These sites were chosen as there was a ready supply of skilled labour,
easy access to international airports and main roads, and the key staff
had property and family connections in the areas.
Since moving to Lugano-Stabio, Switzerland, APTM has made a substantial
investment in new equipment and facilities
to increase research and production capacity and efficiency. The product
range has been extended to include the total process containment technology
for pharmaceutical applications, whilst the specifications for many
of the "traditional" products have been improved.
Sales and the customer base have also been increased, and APTM now has
customers throughout Europe, North and South America, Africa, Asia,
and the Middle and Far East (click
here for our customer map and sales regions).
APTM has a product range
exceeding any European and US competitors, and has the capacity to supply
15 units/month, depending upon size and complexity. Also, new production
techniques have been developed to reduce costs and improve quality,
thus enhancing the company's competitive position.
vision is to become a world class supplier of micronising and powder
systems to pharmaceutical and fine chemicals industries and also the
lower volume cosmetics, agro-chemicals and powder metallurgy markets.