1945 - 1985: THE POST-WAR YEARS: SUBCONTRACTING BOOM

In France, the post-war years or Trente Glorieuses are synonymous with explosive growth in many industries, including electronics, household appliances, aeronautics, telephones, and especially the automobile, the primary outlet for bar-turning companies in the Arve Valley.

Driven by a booming economy, Anthogyr’s subcontracting business took off and diversified. Until the 1980s, most cam machines in the workshop were dedicated to the mass production of small parts used in diesel injection pumps and, to a lesser extent, metal parts for sewing machines, washing machines, and even perfume bottles!


At the instigation of René and Roger Anthoine, the company also made fishing reels in the 1960s.

Subcontracting also allowed Anthogyr to manufacture large volumes of items quickly, generating income that was then used to finance the growth of high value added products in contrast to dental instruments, which required long-term investments in prototype design, mass production, and finally marketing. In the early 1980s, the arrival of the first numerical control machines represented another turning point for Anthogyr.

Index GE 42 lathes, Top 100’s equipped with automatic loaders, and the proliferation of machining plants gradually came to complement fleets of traditional machines, helping the company expand its production capacity and manufacture parts that were more refined in terms of both quality and degree of sophistication. 

"Anthogyr is taking its first steps in subcontracting on cuttingedge markets like connected technology and medicine"

Thanks to the new high-performance machines and the company’s experience with extremely rigorous production protocols required in the healthcare industry, Anthogyr is taking its first steps in subcontracting on cuttingedge markets like connected technology and medicine and, between 1980 and 1985, to curtail its involvement with the automotive industry, whose segmentation required purchases of ultra-specialized, multispindle equipment.