The MiĘKiNiA Lab. company was established as a result of the General Jaruzelski v. Poland war. This very special war caused its founder (Piotr Kulbicki) to move to Cracow, and to start work with the Laboratory of Thin Sections, Faculty of Geology, the AGH University of Science and Technology.
At this university, he was acquainted with Mr. Władysław Kruk, a true master in the domain of thin section preparation.
The beginning was very difficult, as were the succeeding stages. However, very soon he became aware of an economic niche in the service market: preparation of geological thin sections for geological institutes. It was the inspiration for setting up a service company dealing with this type of services.
The first step was apprenticeship in the laboratory of microscopic sections at the Institute of Geology and Palaeontology at the University of Salzburg. Among many experiences, one was the most important: understanding how excellent the work of Władysław Kruk's and his team was.
Furthermore, in the library at the University of Salzburg there was a rich collection of specialized literature, not available in Poland at that time.
The first seat of the company (that time it had another name) was a village of Miękinia (Krzeszowice community), 30 km west of Cracow. It was there two years, starting from 1991. This beautiful village had charming mountainous panoramas, but no telephones, no access to buildings during winters, etc. Therefore, it did not meet criteria required by a company wishing to contact the entire world. Under such circumstances, the company terminated its residency in the Miękinia village. In 1993 the company moved to Kraków (Cracow). At the beginning, the company offered minor services for other companies in the domain of minerals trade. However, it was never forgotten that the main objective was to make thin geological sections. After the war, as soon as normal post-mailing exchange and traffic between Poland and the rest of the world was re-established I was able to focus on my key target.
At the beginning of the year 1993, a large advertising campaign was conducted using the newly created Internet network. Geologisch-Paläontologisches Institut und Museum the Universität zu Kiel was the first to contact us. Then the next ones came.
The number of orders gradually increased. The turning point in the company's history was the order submitted by University of Tromso (Norway), 1994. For the first time, thin polished sections were ordered. In Poland, no polished sections were made so far. To perform this order, the technology had to be transformed completely. Today, 90% of all orders involve polished sections.
The company has been operating for 27 years and enjoys the reputation of a reliable contractor.