ANCA, the Melbourne-based designer and builder of advanced grinding machines, has announced plans to expand its US plant in Wixom, Michigan, by 50%.

The announcement was made by Russell Riddiford, President of ANCA, Inc., the North America branch of ANCA. ANCA will be expanding the inventory and spare parts warehouse capacity at the Wixom plant, adding a dedicated customer focus and training centre, and doubling its machine demonstration area. From Wixom, ANCA also services Mexico and Brazil.

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

ANCA signed an agreement on 25 September 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 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 in October with completion of the expansion expected in the second quarter of 2017.

ANCA’s range of advanced computer-controlled, high-accuracy are 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. Established in 1974, ANCA is a leading global builder of these vital, specialised machine tools.