The ANCA Group Celebrates 50th Anniversary at U.S. Headquarters

May 21, 2024 11:01 am

North American team joined ANCA founder Pat Boland and hundreds of customers, welcoming the Australian Consul General and local Michigan congresswoman’s representative.

Russell Riddiford of ANCA (right) speaks with Australian Consul General Chris Elstoft (left) and Cody Schaub from Michigan Congresswoman Haley Stevens’ office (center)

On May 7-8, 2024 in Wixom, Michigan (Detroit), the team of the North American operation for Australian-based ANCA Group, a global leader in grinding machines and automated manufacturing technologies, celebrated the company’s 50th anniversary with company founder Pat Boland.  Founded in 1974 by Boland and his partner Pat McCluskey, the company is today a world-class supplier to the major auto, aero, medical, electronics, woodworking and other market segments in the industrial world.  The North American operation is headed by Russell Riddiford, a longtime ANCA associate.  At the event, the company welcomed hundreds of customers and business associates, as well as the Australian Consul General Chris Elstoft and Cody Schaub, a representative from the office of Michigan Congresswoman Haley Stevens.

Celebrating 50th anniversary of ANCA (1974-2024)

Pat Boland, ANCA co-founder, remarked, “For 50 years, ANCA has been on a journey to change the shape of the cutting tool industry. To celebrate our 50th anniversary, we look forward to meeting with our customers and partners at celebrations being held at our global facilities. As innovation has motivated us throughout our history, new products and developments will be at the center of all these celebrations. ANCA’s future is exciting, we are focused on continuing to invent and deliver groundbreaking technology to help take cutting tool production into areas not previously thought possible.”

The ANCA team with founder Pat Boland (front row center)

During the event, Russell Riddiford presented a fully refurbished TG4 tool grinder to Pat and Libby Boland.  The TG was an early generation of machine for ANCA, and this particular one was the third of its kind and the first sold in the US.  The machine will be displayed in the company’s booth at IMTS in Chicago, September 9-14, then returned to the company’s headquarters in Melbourne, Australia.

The team from Midwest Accurate Grinding, who bought the first TG machine sold in the U.S. by ANCA, with Pat Boland

A number of ANCA business partners were in attendance at the event in Wixom, including Arobotech Systems, Blaser Swisslube, Ebbco, Continental Diamond Tool, CemeCon, ACEL Leasing, TechMet, Rush Machinery and Zoller.

Russell Riddiford commented, “We were very honored to have Pat Boland join us to celebrate this milestone for ANCA.  His vision for the company remains our benchmark of success and our inspiration to do more for our customers, with machines, software and manufacturing automation technology.  Plus, as good Australians, we love a party,” he mused.

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