Apr 3, 2009
Gleason Corporation has opened its second manufacturing facility in Suzhou Industrial Park, strategically located near Shanghai, China, for the production of a full range of advanced cylindrical gear- and bevel gear-cutting tools.
The new, wholly-owned subsidiary of Gleason Corporation called Gleason Cutting Tools (Suzhou), or GCTS, is headquartered at the new facility, and has already begun fullscale production of some of the most common gear production tooling, including hobs for spur and helical gear production, and spiral bevel blades for bevel gear cutting systems.
Most significantly, Gleason’s investment in the most modern manufacturing technology, and a ‘Lean Manufacturing’ philosophy common to all of Gleason’s worldwide facilities, promises to make GCTS the ‘model’ for cutting tool manufacturing efficiency in China, says Gleason President and Chief Executive Officer John J. Perrotti.
“Gleason is not new to the fast-growing China market,” says Mr. Perrotti. “In fact, no other manufacturer has imported to China the number of gear production machines and cutting tools, as Gleason has over the last thirty years. Now, with China emerging as the world’s leading consumer of machine tool products, Gleason continues to expand its presence in China to keep pace – locally – with growing demand for the most advanced machines and tooling.”
According to Mr. Perrotti, GCTS is the natural complement to Gleason Gear Technology (Suzhou) Co., Ltd, the first facility opened by Gleason in the Suzhou Industrial Park (in October 2006), for the manufacture of the most advanced gear production machines, including the popular line of GENESIS® Hobbing Machines. “We now have the ability, unmatched by any other gear equipment manufacturer, to use the most modern local resources to meet the needs of our Chinese customers for greater access to the world’s most advanced and productive gear manufacturing technologies,” says Mr. Perrotti.
Among the investment made in the new GCTS facility is a Precision Hob Cell that includes advanced turning , wire EDM, grinding, hob sharpening and analytical inspection machines for ‘one-stop’ manufacturing of a wide variety of hob sizes and styles. This same cell concept is also being used for the production of spiral bevel blades for bevel gear cutting systems. Shaper cutter production is also scheduled to begin this year.
Gleason Corporation is a world leader in the development, manufacture and sale of gear production machinery and related equipment. The Company’s products are used by customers in automotive, truck, aircraft, agriculture, construction, energy, power tool and marine industries and by a diverse set of customers serving various industrial equipment markets. Gleason has manufacturing operations in Rochester, New York; Rockford, Illinois; Dayton, Ohio; Plymouth, England; Munich and Ludwigsburg, Germany; Studen, Switzerland, Bangalore; India; and Suzhou, China and has sales and service offices throughout the North and South America, Europe and in the Asia-Pacific region.
More information about Gleason Corporation is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.gleason.com.