Kitagawa North-Tech Inc. acquires product lines

May 01, 2020 - 06:15pm
Tecnara Tooling Systems Inc.

We Are Proud to Announce that KItagawa NorthTech has Acquired Tecnaras' Principle Product Lines Through Strategic Acquisition

The two specific product lines in the purchase included Kitagawa NC Rotary Tables and exclusive distribution rights to MST Yellow Angle Head products. The acquisition was effective April 1, 2020 and Kitagawa NorthTech will be immediately stocking inventory of Kitagawa NC Rotary Tables and MST products to support its customers throughout North America. For at least 90 days after the acquisition date, Kitagawa NorthTech (KNI) and Tecnara will be closely engaged in a business continuity program to ensure a smooth and seamless transition of the business and product lines.

Kitagawa NorthTech and Tecnara Have Shared a Successful Sales & Business Partnership For Over 25 Years Which Helped Facilitate the Acquisition.

Based in Santa Fe Springs, CA and established in 1979, Tecnara Tooling Systems has been KNI’s exclusive distributor of Kitagawa branded NC Rotary Tables in the USA since 1995. Tecnara Tooling, in partnership with MST Corporation, developed the “Yellow Angle Head” product line and have been exclusively representing this line for the past 30 years. Tecnara also represented MST’s family of Shrink-fit Tool Holders and 5 axis Workholding both of which are included in the acquisition.

As the company that bears the Kitagawa brand name and is the headquarters for the Americas, Kitagawa NorthTech believes the addition of Kitagawa NC Rotary Tables to their family of Workholding solutions makes for a perfect reunion. Additionally, KNI will now deliver even greater value and range of Turning and Milling Workholding solutions to customers.

Mr. Tomo Yamamoto, President of Kitagawa NorthTech, Inc., explains the decision to acquire the two key product lines from Tecnara Tooling Systems: “Obtaining the Kitagawa NC Rotary Table product line was a strategic and logical decision to consolidate all Kitagawa brands under one organizational umbrella at Kitagawa NorthTech, Inc. Now we truly offer North American customers, comprehensive, turnkey Workholding solutions for both Turning and Milling applications.”

Mr. Yamamoto adds, “The inclusion of the MST brand and product line offered us additional value in the Tecnara acquisition. The MST tooling line not only expands the breadth of our Workholding portfolio, but it also complements our range of solutions by adding a high quality, precision tooling brand for Milling and 5 axis Workholding applications. Finally, we believe this acquisition to be another key ”piece of the puzzle” in KNI executing upon its long term vision and business plan.”

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    gang cutting ( milling)

    Machining with several cutters mounted on a single arbor, generally for simultaneous cutting.

  • milling


    Machining operation in which metal or other material is removed by applying power to a rotating cutter. In vertical milling, the cutting tool is mounted vertically on the spindle. In horizontal milling, the cutting tool is mounted horizontally, either directly on the spindle or on an arbor. Horizontal milling is further broken down into conventional milling, where the cutter rotates opposite the direction of feed, or “up” into the workpiece; and climb milling, where the cutter rotates in the direction of feed, or “down” into the workpiece. Milling operations include plane or surface milling, endmilling, facemilling, angle milling, form milling and profiling.

  • numerical control ( NC)

    numerical control ( NC)

    Any controlled equipment that allows an operator to program its movement by entering a series of coded numbers and symbols. See CNC, computer numerical control; DNC, direct numerical control.

  • turning


    Workpiece is held in a chuck, mounted on a face plate or secured between centers and rotated while a cutting tool, normally a single-point tool, is fed into it along its periphery or across its end or face. Takes the form of straight turning (cutting along the periphery of the workpiece); taper turning (creating a taper); step turning (turning different-size diameters on the same work); chamfering (beveling an edge or shoulder); facing (cutting on an end); turning threads (usually external but can be internal); roughing (high-volume metal removal); and finishing (final light cuts). Performed on lathes, turning centers, chucking machines, automatic screw machines and similar machines.


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