Leading Australian tool cutter and grinding machine company ANCA has formally opened its European headquarters, in Weinheim, Germany.
ANCA, which won Manufacturer of The Year at last month’s Manufacturers’ Monthly Endeavour Awards, held the event last week. 200 invited guests were present, including the Australian ambassador to Germany, David Ritchie, and Weinheim’s Deputy Mayor, Dr Torsten Fetzner.
Co-founder and Chairman of ANCA, Pat Boland, said that the company’s philosophy combined engineering excellence – employing 25 PhDs at its R&D centre and close links with universities – and practical trade skills.
“Machine tools have to be built ruggedly, they have to be reliable and easy to use for someone with a trade background,” he told guests.
"I think that push from an academic sense and a trade sense has been one of our important cultural features."
The site includes a technology centre, demonstration room, comprehensive spare parts store and service area. ANCA relocated its European HQ from Mannheim to the Weinheim Technologie Park site, in the north-west of Baden-Wurttemberg.
ANCA is part of the ANCA Group, which also includes ANCA Motion and Tinfish. The group employs 800 worldwide and is headquartered globally in Bayswater North, Victoria.