Gleason Corporation announced that it has acquired Saikuni Machinery Co., Ltd., located in Niigata City, Japan. Saikuni is a manufacturer of gear cutting tool sharpening equipment, cutting tool inspection equipment, rack milling machines and other metal cutting and finishing equipment. Saikuni has manufactured certain Gleason products, including Gleason’s BPG Blade Profile Grinding Machine, for sale both in Japan and abroad, and Gleason has worked with Saikuni in selling certain of its products as well.
John J. Perrotti, president and CEO of Gleason Corporation, said “Given Gleason’s strategic partnership with Saikuni since 1997, the significance of the Japanese market and our large customer base within Japan, the acquisition strengthens our ability to provide our customers in Japan and the broader region with effective local solutions and support.”
Gleason has a long-standing presence in the Japanese market through its Gleason Asia Co., Ltd. subsidiary, with sales and service operations located in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka. Gleason will operate the Saikuni business with the current management team and approximately 25 employees under the name Gleason-Saikuni Co., Ltd.