Maschinenfabrik Oerlikon

The Maschinenfabrik Oerlikon factory in Zürich (1930)

Maschinenfabrik Oerlikon was an engineering company based in the Zürich district of Oerlikon known for the early development of electric locomotives. It was founded in 1876 by the industrialist Peter Emil Huber-Werdmüller, and occupied a large site immediately to the west of Oerlikon railway station.

In 1906 the armaments business was demerged to form Schweizerische Werkzeugmaschinenfabrik Oerlikon, which evolved into the technology company OC Oerlikon and the armaments company Rheinmetall Air Defence (formerly Oerlikon Contraves).

In 1976 Maschinenfabrik Oerlikon was taken over by Brown, Boveri & Cie,[1] which in 1988 merged with ASEA to form ABB Group.

Gleis 9, the former offices of Maschinenfabrik Oerlikon

The site of the company's works has been redeveloped, including the innovative public MFO-Park. In the second decade of the 21st century, a project was initiated to expand Oerlikon railway station, with the provision of two additional platform tracks on north-western side of the station. This affected the site of the former office building of Maschinenfabrik Oerlikon, dating from the late 19th century and now a restaurant complex known as Gleis 9. Because of its cultural importance to the region, plans to demolish the building were rejected, and instead the 6,200-tonne (6,800-ton) building was moved 60 metres (200 ft) to the west on specially laid tracks. The move took place in May 2012, and took 19 hours.[2][3][4]


  1. "Briefly from the boardroom". Company news. The Times (56945). London. 19 May 1967. col 5, p. 23.
  2. "Bahnhof Oerlikon Entwicklungskonzept und Ausbauvorhaben 2010 – 2015" (PDF) (in German). December 2008. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2016-03-07. Retrieved 2016-03-07.
  3. "Komplettumbau am Bahnhof Oerlikon" [Complete conversion to the Oerlikon station] (in German). Quartierverein Oerlikon. 2009-03-26. Archived from the original on 2009-04-04. Retrieved 2009-06-08.
  4. "Massive Zurich building completes 19-hour trip". 2012-05-23. Archived from the original on 2015-09-30. Retrieved 2016-04-01.

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