Q: How would you describe your company’s primary business?
A: While Suhner’s core business is still flexible shafts and power transmission products, Suhner also produces and sales power tools, abrasives, and machining equipment, include equipment for drilling, tapping, milling and other specialty applications.
Q: In brief, what is the history of your company?
A: Since 1914, Suhner has been providing industrial products and services to a variety of markets and customers worldwide. Located in Brugg Switzerland and with manufacturing operations in 6 countries, Suhner has built a reputation for being able to provide the highest quality product at the most economical value. Suhner also has sales offices around the world that can offer the technical expertise and personalized customer service to the local market.
Q: How has SUHNER changed through the years?
A: As our customers products have become more complex and customer needs have changed, Suhner is continuously evolving to meet the challenge. Suhner has developed new products for the changing requirements of the industrial market and has also expanded our operations so that we can be more responsive to our customers. These changes have led to an increase in market share, which does put us in a better position to serve our customers.
Q: What have been some interesting applications of your products?
A: One very notable application was the use of Suhner Flexible Shafts on the robotic arm of Curiosity, the Mars rover. Another recent interesting application was a machine built for a tier 1 automotive supplier that used Suhner Machining components to drill 72 holes into a fiberglass door.
Q: What critical issues do your clients rarely know they have or might encounter?
A: Most people in manufacturing do not realize that there are better ways to machine large (bulky) parts other than manually or by traditional CNC machines. Using Suhner components, a special purpose machine can offer manufacturing solutions that will greatly increase productivity while reducing their operational cost.
Q: What do you want to see in the future for the industry?
A: As markets change and product become more complex, Suhner will continue to evolve as well. Suhner is already looking to the future by developing a line of robotic and automated machining components that will be able to handle the new, more complex materials and manufacturing processes.