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1947   Founded by the brothers Herbert and Leslie Lawton in Frankfurt a. M.
1952 Headquarters moved to Tuttlingen
1977 Company take-over by a consortium of prestigious surgical instrument manufacturers from Tuttlingen
1982 First instruments made out of Titanium
1985 Utility model for innovative technology: change from soldered to welded tungsten carbide cuttings
1986 Expansion of the manufacturing and distribution programme by Minimal Invasive Surgery (MIS)
1990 Modernisation of the production by CNC-Technology
1996 Implementation of a Quality Management System (DIN EN 46001 and directives 93/42/EWG)
2000 Amalgamation of sales, logistics and production in the extension building in Fridingen
2004 Utility model for needle holders with special inserts
2005 Implementation of 3D CAD (CATIA) and Rapid Prototyping, introducing new base materials like Nitinol and Ceramic
2006 Automated production with the aid of robots
2010 Investment in a fully automated, closed cleaning and passivation system
2011 Utility model for laminectomy punch with interchangeable tip
2012 Expansion of logistic centre with a high-tech, automatic lift system
2016 Changeover to Solid Works and use of a 3D printer in R&D


In the course of the last 70 years LAWTON has developed steadily to a constant in medical technology.

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