Gleason Acquires KISSsoft AG

Feb 16, 2017

Gleason Corporation today announced that it has acquired KISSsoft AG, located in Bubikon, Switzerland. KISSsoft is a leader in the development of design software for gears and power transmission systems, serving customers globally across a wide spectrum of industries. 

Dr. Ulrich Kissling, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of KISSsoft, comments: “We are excited about our future partnership with Gleason. Given Gleason’s mission as a Total Gear Solutions Provider, its strength in bevel gear design and its position as a world leader in gear manufacturing and metrology solutions, the potential opportunities to provide our customers with new solutions is compelling. In addition, Gleason’s global reach and long-time customer relationships will open up new doors for our products.”   

John J. Perrotti, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gleason Corporation, adds: “KISSsoft joining Gleason will deliver significant synergies and provide our customers greater value by linking design and manufacturing expertise, having the potential to radically improve the efficiency of designs and the manufacturing solutions optimum for those designs. The KISSsoft team has developed a strong base of loyal customers that we look forward to serving together with KISSsoft.”

The existing KISSsoft management team and entire staff will remain intact with an ever-greater focus on serving its customers.

Gleason offers its customers “Total Gear SolutionsTM”. Gleason is a leader in the development, manufacture and sale of gear production machinery, related equipment, automation solutions and plastic gears. The Company’s products are used by customers in automotive, truck, aircraft, agriculture, mining, energy, construction, power tool and marine industries and by a diverse set of customers serving various industrial equipment markets. Gleason has manufacturing operations in the United States, Brazil, Germany, Switzerland, India, China and Japan, and has sales and service offices throughout North and South America, Europe and in the Asia-Pacific region. More information about Gleason Corporation is available at

Founded in 1998, KISSsoft AG is a market leader in design and analysis software for all types of gears and power transmission solutions utilizing a modular calculation system for the design, optimization and analysis of machine elements. The scope of the software ranges from a single machine element up to the automatic sizing of complete gearboxes. On the basis of international calculation standards, KISSsoft® and KISSsys® design and analysis software provides engineers and designers in a wide variety of fields with extensive optimization options for the entire sizing process of machine elements.  KISSsoft also provides engineering services, know-how and training and supports activity on a global scale through its international partners and multiple collaborations.

For further information please contact: Christian Albrecht, Director Global Marketing Gleason Corporation, 1000 University Ave, Rochester, NY 14607