Gleason and Heller for Strategic Alliance for Gear Cutting


Gleason Corporation of Rochester, New York, and Gebr. Heller Maschinenfabrik GmbH of Nürtingen, Germany, announce the formation of a strategic alliance to serve the global gear manufacturing technology markets. Effective immediately, Gleason and Heller will cooperate in the development and sale of five-axis machining centers for gear production applications.

Udo Stolz, vice president for worldwide sales and marketing at Gleason Corporation says “Heller’s gear cutting solutions are complementary to our own, and strengthen our ability to offer the best possible solution to our customers. Heller’s innovative solutions are particularly interesting for flexible and highly productive machining of gears in small to medium batch sizes and where combined machining operations are desirable. Gleason will act as the exclusive distributor of machining centers incorporating Heller’s existing gear solutions, and the two companies will cooperate to further improve the capabilities of producing gears on such a platform. By leveraging Gleason’s global reach and leadership in gear technology, we believe opportunities exist to expand sales of Heller’s solutions.”

Manfred Maier, managing director of Heller, says that “Heller has developed alternatives to traditional gear production processes, alternatives that do not require dedicated machines but are very productive and well suited to certain applications. We are excited about our alliance with Gleason that we believe will open our access to those applications and market segments.”

Gleason Corporation’s mission is to be The Total Gear Solutions Provider™ to its global customer base. Gleason is a world leader in the development, manufacture, and sale of gear production machinery and related equipment. The company’s products are used by customers in automotive, truck, aircraft, agriculture, mining, wind power, construction, power tool, and marine industries, and by a diverse set of customers serving various industrial equipment markets. Gleason has manufacturing operations in Rochester, New York; Rockford, Illinois; Dayton, Ohio; Munich and Ludwigsburg, Germany; Studen, Switzerland; Bangalore; India; and Suzhou, China. It has sales and service offices throughout North and South America, Europe, and in the Asia-Pacific region.

Heller is a manufacturer of four- and five-axis machining centers, flexible manufacturing systems, and machines to manufacture crankshafts and camshafts. It is headquartered in Nürtingen in the Stuttgart region of Germany. The company’s products serve a number of industries including automotive manufacturers and their suppliers, machine building industry, contract manufacturers, power engineering, and tool and die manufacturing, as well as aerospace companies. Heller has production facilities around the globe including Germany, the UK, Brazil, and the United States. Additionally, Heller is represented in all major and relevant markets with sales and service bases and qualified service partners, including subsidiaries in Pune, India, as well as in Shanghai and Beijing, China. More information is available at and