Machine Tool Builder Expands in Michigan

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A sign of strength in the manufacturing economy, ANCA, a high-tech machine builder increases its plant in Michigan by 50%

ANCA signs contract

"This represents ANCA's commitment to North America."

ANCA, Inc, a machine tool builder, will expand its plant here by 50%, expanding its inventory and spare parts warehouse capacity, adding a dedicated customer focus and training center, and doubling its machine demonstration area. The announcement was made by Russell Riddiford, ANCA, Inc. president. ANCA, a private company, did not disclose the dollar value of the investment.

ANCA, Inc., is the North America branch of ANCA, a Melbourne, Australia-based designer and builder of advanced computer-controlled, high accuracy grinding machines used to produce precision cutting tools for the automotive, medical, aerospace and general metalworking industries as well as turbine blades, orthopedic implants, and power steering shafts. From Wixom, ANCA also services Mexico and Brazil.

Established in 1974, ANCA is a leading global builder of these vital, specialized machine tools.

“This expansion represents ANCA’s commitment to the Americas markets and to servicing our customers promptly and fully,” Mr. Riddiford said.

ANCA signed an agreement September 25 with Schonsheck, Inc., also of Wixom, to be the contractor for the ANCA building expansion which will total 11,793 square feet.

The addition will include an enhanced machine rebuild area and machine configuration area for preparing the machines for customer delivery. The expansion also adds to ANCA’s spindle rebuild area and electrical repair facility, permitting the company to respond quickly to customer needs. The expansion also includes a larger employee accommodation.

According to Mr. Riddiford, the expansion will allow ANCA to add employees to its warehouse, spindle rebuild, and machine configuration areas to provide faster customer service.

Work is to begin October 2016 with completion of the expansion expected in Spring 2017.

ANCA is a market leading manufacturer of CNC grinding machines. It was founded in 1974 in Melbourne, Australia where the company still has its global headquarters. ANCA has offices in the UK, Germany, China, Thailand, India, Japan, Brazil and the USA as well as a comprehensive network of representatives and agents worldwide. ANCA CNC grinders are used for manufacturing precision cutting tools and components across a diverse range of competitive industries including cutting tool manufacture, automotive, aerospace, electronics and medical.

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