The predecessor of Diametal started around 1930 and made tools for the diamond cutting industry, what explains the name Diametal. Herentals and surroundings would become a center for cheap diamond cutting and grinding with hundreds of companies and home workers. Around the 1970 ties these home workers became too expensive and the diamond sector moved on. As aresult Diametal started renovating and making spareparts for the production industry in general. In 1984 Diametal became a limited company: conventional milling , turning, threading, keyseating,… in short machining became the core activity.
In 1998 Diametal bought the first CNC machine and more employees were hired to a total of 5 employees. From that year on CNC machining became the first choice. A year later, in 1999, a 900 m² production facility at the Noordervaart 33 in Herentals was build. Next to metal also technical plastics became more and more important. Diametal was sold in 2005 to the current owner.
In 2006-2007 there was an investment round with among others the purchase of the first 5-axis machine, a 3-D CMM measuring machine, CAD-CAM software en several other CNC machines.
End of 2007, the “new” production facility became too small with all these new machines, for witch the electrial supply was also not adequate.
In 2008, next to the old building a new 2.600 m² production facility was build specifically designed for the machining of high precision mechanical parts: air conditioned quality room, high insulation for stable temperature, noise reducing walls and ceiling, a lot of light, safe environment and… enough electricity.
The new floor space allowed a new investment round, what increased the production possibilities towards larger parts, small series and higher precision.
In 2010, Diametal became ISO 9001 certified and next to conventional "contact" machining, non contact machining like EDM wire cut erosion was introduced for machining high precision mechanical pieces.
The last years Diametal has further grown in the production of high precision parts in a wide range of industries. We see an evolution of parts that become more and more complex and made out of specialized hard to machine materials. Therefore every year we invest in minimally 2 machines allowing us to replace older machines by newer more precise machines and introducing new techniques. An overview of the last 4 years:
- 2011: CNC turning lath with Y axis and rotating tools, start EDM wire erosion machine, extention robotline, threading machine,…
- 2012: 3 axis CNC milling machine, 5–axis "long" CNC milling machine, new CAD system
- 2013: large CNC turning lath with Y axis, rotating tools and Z-axis of 2.000mm, big EDM wire erosion machine with linear motor 770x520x400, new CAM system,…
- 2014: 5-axis milling machine and CNC surface grinder
Today Diametal is a fully grown company employing over 25 people, with high-end machines in a modern production facility, with highly qualified and trained employees. We look forward to a future in the machining of high precision mechanical parts.