Tecan was established in 1970 to serve the growing demand for fine-featured, flat profile precision metal parts. Using photo chemical machining (etching) — an innovative, photolithography-based process technology conceived during the 1950s, as an off-shoot from the manufacture of printed circuit boards — Tecan quickly attracted a wide range of work from companies who recognised the advantages of etching over more conventional manufacturing methods.
A purpose-built facility was opened in 1980, located on a green field site in rural Dorset, on England’s south coast. Other niche operations subsequently developed to utilise the technology to service industry-specific needs include: SMT stencils, RFI shielding, and high-quality metal finishing.
In 1999 Tecan added precision laser cutting technology to its portfolio, primarily for the use in its surface mount stencil facility. In 2002, Tecan further expanded its technology capability with the introduction of a micro-electroforming ISO Class 6 cleanroom facility, opened by HRH The Prince of Wales. Micro-electroforming technology allows Tecan to manufacture metal micro-parts with feature sizes down to 2μm at sub-micron accuracy.