Fives Landis Corp, a leading manufacturer of precision grinding solutions and grinding accessories, will open its new Technology Center in North America, located at its headquarters in Hagerstown, MD near Washington DC. At 6,000 square feet, the new R&D and demo facility will feature grinding systems from the company’s versatile product range, including Landis-Bryant ID/OD grinders, Landis centerless grinders as well as Giustina surface grinding system.
The Hagerstown facility will be the second of its kind for Fives’ Grinding | Ultra Precision teams after the company’s original demo and research center for grinding applications opened its doors in 2013 at the Fives Landis Ltd. manufacturing plant near Manchester, UK. It will be a crucial part to company’s continuous success as a technology leader and strong partner to its growing global customer base.
A proactive approach to support our customers
“The Technology Center is a new milestone in our long company history and the latest step in the process of expanding our business activities beyond our traditional orbital operations,“ says Ron Wood, Executive Director of Business Development at Fives Landis Corp. “We will be able to not only develop and provide new products and processes but also help our customers with a proactive approach when facing the challenges of today’s production environment, whether through test grinds, application and training support or R&D work. We work closely with key suppliers and other industry experts to find solutions that help our customers to improve and optimize their current operations,” Wood continues.
One of the key focuses of the TechCenter operation will be the application support, especially in areas where tough-to-machine or exotic materials traditionally create challenges for equipment and operators, such as in aerospace applications. Dedicated application engineers will work with our customers from all industries to solve their very specific problems. It will also give clients the opportunity to attend hands-on machine demonstrations to help better understand processes and capabilities and see the quality delivered by Fives’ grinding systems first hand.
Fives Landis Corp., a growing company committed to the State of Maryland
Besides the company’s commitment to develop and expand its business and invest in technology, the new TechCenter underlines once more Fives’ commitment to the State of Maryland as base of business for precision grinding and investment in its highly skilled workforce. As part of the business expansion, Fives Landis Corp. continues to increase its employee headcount and has added 23 new people to its workforce since beginning of 2016. The company also continues to invest in its internship program and maintains very close relationships with local colleges. Every year between 2 and 5 students complete Fives’ internship program in Hagerstown, where they learn basic manufacturing and engineering skills in a realistic business environment. Fives Landis Corp. can look back at a long history as an employer in this area in the manufacturing sector and just recently celebrated its 120th anniversary.
Ron Wood adds: “As one of the few remaining US precision grinding machine manufacturers in this sector, our goal is to strengthen our market position, domestically as well as globally. The new Technology Center is a great opportunity for us to gain more visibility and to even better engage with our customers.”
For additional information, see: www.grinding.fivesgroup.com
About Fives in Grinding | Ultra Precision
The Group and its Grinding | Ultra precision dedicated teams – around 650 people in Italy, Germany, the U.K. and the United States – offer a complete range of grinding machines, plus a comprehensive line of systems, grinding accessories and service/support programs.
Known worldwide for leading-edge automotive camshaft and crankshaft processing systems, Fives is also a leader in centerless grinding and disc grinding processes as well as lean and flexible CNC grinders for a wide range of shaft-type components for various industries. With a strong legacy based on 4 major legacy names of the market – Bryant, Cranfield Precision, Landis and Giustina, and more than 200 years of expertise developing pioneering solutions in close partnership with customers, Fives is recognized as the leading provider of grinding and ultra-precision solutions – a partner that helps customers maximize operational performance.
Fives is an industrial engineering Group with a heritage of over 200 years of engineering excellence and expertise. Fives designs and supplies machines, process equipment and production lines for the world’s largest industrial groups in various sectors such as aluminum, steel, glass, automotive, logistics, aerospace, cement and energy, in both developing and developed countries.
In all these sectors, Fives designs and manufactures equipment and innovative solutions, which better anticipate and meet the needs of its customers in terms of performance, quality, safety and respect for the environment.
In 2015, Fives achieved a turnover of 1.8 billion Euros and employed 8,400 people in about thirty countries