A top result in preventive maintenance and a gradual recovery of new machine business: How STUDER has come through the Corona crisis so far. An assessment by Managing Director Sandro Bottazzo.
Drops in sales, short-time working: The Corona pandemic has hit the world economy with a force never experienced before. Numerous industries are reporting dramatic developments. STUDER, one of the world market leaders in cylindrical grinding from Steffisburg in Switzerland, has so far come through the crisis relatively robustly, emphasizes Sandro Bottazzo, Managing Director and, as CSO, responsible for Sales, Customer Care und Marketing.
The pandemic also hit STUDER just when recovery was taking hold again. “In January and February 2020 we had a very steady order intake, which even exceeded expectations”, says the CSO. But then Corona arrived. STUDER’s priorities were the health of the staff and the company’s survival. The company set up a Corona Task Force as soon as lockdown occurred. Efforts were made throughout the company to reduce the physical presence of over 700 staff at the various locations, in order to reduce the risk of infection. And today all staff and visitors at the STUDER locations wear face masks. “In some instances our rules even go beyond the official requirements”, explains the Managing Director.
New machine business is picking up
The second main priority: the company’s survival. Up to now, STUDER has been able to continue production throughout the pandemic at the two Swiss locations, Thun and Biel. The supply of bought-in parts, generally from other European countries, has also worked perfectly. When new machine business will get back to pre-Corona levels still remains to be seen, says the Managing Director. In some markets like the USA, China, some countries in Eastern and Northern Europe as well as Italy, business is gradually picking up, but unfortunately the German market remains rather subdued.
In Customer Service demand initially dropped sharply with lockdown, but then recovered very quickly again. STUDER was able to maintain Customer Care throughout the whole period. “Our broad international presence has really proved its worth here”, says Bottazzo. STUDER has a presence in all relevant international markets, with its own staff or with representatives. As a result, most customer requirements could be fulfilled locally in the markets. Together with the Group branches in the USA, China and India, STUDER has well over 200 employees in Service worldwide.
In Customer Care, the company is actually operating at pre-crisis level again. “And we are also hiring again in this department”, says Bottazzo. Digital tools have proved to be very successful in Service during the crisis. “And in preventive maintenance we recorded one of the highest demands in the company’s history in recent months.”
Back to trade fairs
STUDER attended BI-MU in Milan, Italy from 14 to 17 October, and would also have attended Grindtec in Augsburg, Germany, from 10 to 13 November. The STUDER S31, designed by the Swiss artist Ata Bozaci as part of the image campaign “The Art of Grinding.”, was exhibited in Milan. “In 2020 our policy for the big trade fairs was always: If the trade fairs are allowed to take place, then we, the UNITED GRINDING Group, will be there too”, explains Sandro Bottazzo. The Managing Director looks forward to direct interaction with customers. “You can do a lot digitally, but the interpersonal quality, the feeling for what motivates people in the markets, falls by the wayside.”
A continuing positive effect of the crisis is a rapid increase in digitalization. From the internal Market Summit with sales representatives and webinars on grinding issues through to grinding training for customers, STUDER has digitalized its communication very successfully. “We have learned to use digital communication tools efficiently.” Advancing digitalization and making processes more efficient is also one of Bottazzo’s goals for 2021. “We want to make our corporate processes even more efficient and digital, where feasible. This is so that we can offer our customers one answer and the right solution, even more quickly and efficiently. “Because as with all company activities, STUDER’s aim remains the same: “We want to make our customers even more successful.”
Gleason Works India Celebrates 25 Years
A family member of the Gleason Corporation, Gleason Works India, turns 25 on November 6th, 2021.
Gleason Works India commemorates its 25th year of operations on November 6th, 2021. To recognize this important milestone, Gleason Works India will hold a celebration for current and former employees on November 8th, 2021. Long-time employees who have been with Gleason Works India for more than 20 years will be honored for their service to the company during this special event.
Gleason Works India Pvt. Ltd. was founded on April 01, 1996, as a wholly-owned subsidiary to provide sales, service and local manufacturing capabilities within the Indian market. The start of operations was dedicated formally on November 06, 1996 by the former President of Gleason Corporation, Mr. James S. Gleason. Over the years, Gleason Work India’s product program has been extended to include a wide array of bevel and cylindrical gear tooling products, gear machine production, as well as machine remanufacturing activities.
A significant milestone was achieved in 2017 with the completion and inauguration of a modern, 65,000 square foot factory, including activities for tool manufacturing, services and machine assembly. With its own solar panel roof installation, the plant produces more than 70% of its daily energy requirements, thus helping to achieve LEED certification in 2018. The new facility puts design, manufacturing and testing under one roof, giving Gleason India a self-sufficient operation to help meet domestic and global demand for Gleason products such as the 200SVP Gear Shaving Machine and customer-specific tooling solutions.
Commenting on this milestone, John J. Perrotti, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gleason Corporation, said “Gleason Works India is today considered one of India’s most modern and productive sources for a wide array of gear manufacturing solutions. Congratulations to the Gleason Works India team for this great achievement and we look forward to further growth and success together.”
Celebrating 125 Years of Gear Technology in Munich
April 3, 2021 marks the 125th Anniversary of Gleason-Hurth Tooling GmbH, and a proud legacy of innovation dating back to when mechanic and tinkerer Carl Hurth founded his first workshop on Munich’s Viktualienmarkt. Today, Gleason-Hurth Tooling GmbH is an important part of global leader Gleason Corporation, producing advanced workholding and precision tools for the world’s gear manufacturing industries.
Gleason-Hurth Tooling GmbH, Munich, Germany, celebrated its 125th Anniversary on April 3, 2021, a significant milestone in its rise from a small workshop on Munich’s Viktualienmarkt, to one of the world’s leading innovators in the production of high-precision workholding and tools for the global gear manufacturing industry. Products today include some of the most advanced and productive shaving cutters, chamfering and deburring tools, master gears and setting masters, honing and grinding tools, as well as diamond-plated dressing tools for a wide range of applications.
Most recently, the company’s plant facilities on Moosacher Strasse in Munich Milbertshofen have been completely renovated with state-of-the-art equipment and extremely efficient workflow and quality processes. In addition to the ultra-modern, digitized production, the newly designed office environment offers employees all the amenities and benefits of a creative and flexible working environment.
Company officials credit much of Gleason-Hurth Tooling GmbH’s continued success to its workforce of skilled and dedicated employees. The company continues to train its own apprentices to hand down critical skills and methodologies to the next generation of coworkers. Indeed, a large part of the company’s workforce today completed their apprenticeships at the Gleason-Hurth Tooling GmbH plant. The facility also serves as a training center for the global Gleason Academy with an extensive program of training, seminars and webinars.
Today, Gleason-Hurth Tooling GmbH is poised for significant future growth, and well positioned to meet fast-growing demand for innovative new drive concepts for electric vehicles, and other emerging products using increasingly complex, high quality gears.
In 1896, mechanic and tinkerer Carl Hurth founds his first workshop in a backyard at Frauenstraße 19 on Munich’s Viktualienmarkt. The development of his own gear hobbing machine in 1904 marks the beginning of his specialization in gear manufacturing. The business expands to such an extent that in 1911 the Carl Hurth Maschinen- und Zahnradfabrik is built at Holzstrasse 19 in the Glockenbach district of Munich.
In the 1920s, the son of the company founder, Hans Hurth, takes up the manufacture of motorcycle gearboxes. The company now employs 800 people. In 1935, cylindrical gear shaving is added to the manufacturing program. In the following decades more than 100,000 shaving cutters are produced and shipped globally.
From 1958 on, machine tool building activities continue in Moosacher Strasse in Munich Milbertshofen. Six years later the plunge shaving process is developed, which – to this day – is one of the most widely used processes for gear finishing. Supported by the rapid economic growth of the time, employment in Munich increases to over 3,000 people in 1969. In 1983, the two Munich plants in Moosacher Strasse are merged to bundle activities related to gear technology. Hurth achieves world fame with transmissions for tractors, marine applications and rail traffic, including those for Munich’s subway and commuter trains. With the introduction of “Power Honing” in 1993, Hurth again heralds a trend-setting development in hard finishing of cylindrical gears.
In 1995, the Machines and Tools division is acquired by Gleason Corporation. Gleason leverages the long-standing relationships of both companies to drive the group’s expansion in the global marketplace. The company now operates as Gleason-Hurth Machinery and Tools. Within the Gleason group, the Munich site becomes the competence center for fine finishing of cylindrical gears. The product range of gear manufacturing machines includes chamfering, shaving, honing and threaded wheel grinding machines as well as corresponding automation, workholding and tools. With the reorganization of Gleason’s European Competence Centers in 2015, machine building is relocated to the Gleason-Pfauter facility in Ludwigsburg. The Munich site now concentrates on workholding systems and gear manufacturing tools and operates as Gleason-Hurth Tooling GmbH.
While the company will celebrate its 125th anniversary on April 3, 2021, the planned open house and company celebration will be postponed to 2022 due to the pandemic. Check Gleason’s social media channels and website for more information on the planned events.
Starting May 04 Gleason brings the show to you: emotions virtual show
With tradeshows and in-person visits at a minimum, access to new technologies can be limited. Until the world returns to business as usual, Gleason offers a solution: the “emotions” virtual show, an up-close, virtual experience that puts the latest technologies at the global gear industry’s fingertips.
Gleason Corporation is launching its first-ever virtual event, called “emotions” on May 4th to showcase the latest gear technology innovations for cylindrical and bevel gear design and manufacture. From May 4th through May 12th, Gleason will give visitors access to four showrooms featuring demonstrations of gear design, manufacturing, inspection and tooling solutions, including Closed Loop manufacturing, in-process inspection and detailed gear noise analysis. Exhibits will address solutions for the next generation of e-drive and power transmission products.
Each showroom will open with a special event topic, presented by industry experts:
May 04: Gear and Transmission Design
Product Liability and Developments in International Standards
Dr. Ulrich Kissling, KISSsoft AG, a Gleason Company
May 05: e-Drive Gears
Challenges and Solutions in Gear Design, Manufacturing and Measurement
Dr. Antoine Türich, Gleason Corporation
May 06: Industrial Gears
Race to CO2 Neutrality / Gear Manufacturing for Eco-Performance
Dr. Tim Gudszend, Gleason-Pfauter Maschinenfabrik GmbH
May 07, 2021: Bevel Gears
Diff² Double Differential for e-Drives
Prof. Dr. Hermann J. Stadtfeld, The Gleason Works
After each opening event participants can browse through the respective show rooms to experience the featured technologies, with or without a guided tour. Gleason’s technology experts and product managers are going to be available through the duration of the virtual event to answer any question.
To register for “emotions”, participate in the opening events, and get the first glimpse at what’s next in gear technology, visit: Welcome to emotions
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