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History

As recognized pioneer and leader in its industry, WTO has always set the benchmarks for driven tool technology with inventions and new developments. Already in 1977, the founder of the company, Werner Tschiggfrei, developed the first multiple spindle heads for Machining Centers with automatic tool change. It was a world sensation and the start of a new epoch.

1977

Werner Tschiggfrei invented the first multiple spindle heads for machining centers with automatic tool change.

1978 bis 1982

Werner Tschiggfrei developed several driven tools for the automatic tool changer:

  • Right angle heads
  • Automatic face turning heads
  • Coolant inducers (1160 psi)
  • Speed increasers

1983

Foundation of WTO GmbH located in Offenburg/Germany

1987

Start of in-house parts manufacturing

1990

WTO develops the first driven tools for the new quick change system Coromant Capto® in cooperation with Sandvik Coromant.

1995

Foundation of the subsidiary WTO Inc. in Providence, Rhode Island

1996

WTO developed for Cycle Controlled Lathes a driven tooling system with quick change

1997

WTO is the first manufacturer of driven tools to offer its own modular tooling system

1998

  • New larger manufacturing facility located in Ohlsbach/Germany
  • WTO Inc. establishes its own service and distribution facility in Charlotte, North Carolina

2000

Development of the first thread whirling unit for turning centers by WTO

2001

WTO develops in cooperation with Sandvik Coromant the new turret interface "CDI" for high productivity turning centers

2003

WTO invents a new compact clamping set for the quick change system Coromant Capto®

2004

WTO offers its first automatic indexable toolholders for multiple spindle turning centers

2005

WTO develops a new generation of adjustable angle driven tools with internal coolant supply up to 80 bar (1160 psi) and 12000 rpm

2006

New full automatic high storage system and new factory expansion by 3 times

2008

Expansion of WTO Inc. in Charlotte, North Carolina

2009

WTO develops a new Thread Whirling Unit with quick tool change system

2011

  • Foundation of the subsidiary WTO Asia. Shanghai, China
  • Product launch Quick Change System QuickFlex®

2012

New factory expansion by 2 times

2013

  • 30 Years Anniversary
  • Product launch Driven Broaching Unit OD and face mounted

2014

Expansion of WTO Inc. in Charlotte, North Carolina

2015

  • 20 Years WTO USA Anniversary
  • Foundation of WTO Russia, Ekaterinburg
  • Expansion assembly area by 2.5 times