History | Quality | Supporting science

Kühner AG since 1949

Kuhner AG is the leading developer and manufacturer of shaking machines for the international market. This family business, founded in 1949 by Mr Adolf Kühner, is now lead by his son Markus Kühner. From bench top shakers to large scale industrial shakers, Kuhner offers machines of the highest quality. At the same time we aim to cultivate a personal and trusting relationship with our customers. Alongside the core shaker business, Kuhner also produces safety testing equipment for the determination of the explosion indices of combustible dust. Additionally, in Switzerland, Kuhner is also a distributor for premium brands of laboratory equipment.


Founding of Kuhner AG in Riehen Basel, Switzerland by Mr Adolf Kühner
1st series of shakers with the parallelogram
1st series of Large Capacity Incubator Shakers (IRC-1)
1st series of shakers with AC-Linear-Motors (Direct drive)
Installation of the first computer with a "Teletype" as human interface
Delivery of 1st series of own microprocessor boards
Additional factory purchased in Birsfelden. Production of big shakers moved to the location

1st series of 20-l-Apparatus (dust explosion testing)

1st series of shakers with DC-Linear-Motors (Direct drive)
1st series of shaker Cabinets ISF-4
Adolf Kuhner AG moved into premises in Birsfelden, which were rented by Ciba Geigy

Markus Kühner and Christoph Cesana took over the management of the company

1st series of Stackable Incubator Shakers ISF-1
1st series of Rack-Shaker Systems
1st series of MIE equipment Mike 3 (3rd generation)
ISO 9001 certification

Purchase of the Ciba Geigy premises in Birsfelden and acquisition of the enclosed production hall

1st series of Large Capacity Shakers with Direct drive
First “Applied Shaking Technology Symposion” in Basel, led together with Prof. Büchs
1st series of Incubator Shakers with CO2-control
2nd“Applied Shaking Technology Symposion” in New York
High-performance shakers with a pull-out tray option
Introduction of the new shaking machine series X
Product range extension through the Large capacity (200L) disposable shaken bioreactor


Kuhner AG leads the world in quality and technology for shaking machines. 
The “Kuhner shaker” name stands for functionality, reliability and durability. A reputation for inventive ingenuity means Kuhner is setting today’s standards. To maintain these 
high standards, Kuhner designs and builds many components in-house and guarantees 
them for 5 years. Naturally all processes are SN EN ISO 9001 certified.

Kuhner provides a personal and committed service and the customer is always 
at the centre of quality awareness. Special requests from customers are
actioned without fuss. Longstanding and successful international relationships 
are proof of Kuhner quality.

Supporting science

Kuhner fosters close contact with research and development departments in notable universities and companies. Here, where the future starts, Kuhner is supporting research and in return receives valuable input for technical innovations. Many of the new developments for Kuhner shakers come out of these collaborations with scientific partners. Kuhner customers are also able to benefit from the resulting know-how. Alongside comprehensive customer support, Kuhner offers quality workshops either on site, or at our head office in Basel. These seminars address questions about cultivation conditions and offer suggestions for optimising the operation of your shaken bioreactors (shake flasks, microtiter plates, tubespins, etc.). Kuhner is also part of the “Shaking Technology Forum”, made up of several companies, each specialist in different areas of shaking technology. This Forum provides user support for those involved in research and development.