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A Rich Heritage & Proven Technology 

For over 50 years, Kitagawa workholding products have inspired trust and confidence in machine tool OEMs, dealers, end-users and machine shops alike. Dating back to 1967 when Kitagawa introduced the first Power Chuck, Kitagawa workholding products have stood the test of time. Customers take confidence in knowing their machining operations are running safely and the highest levels of productivity.

 “The Best” Workholding Solutions.

Customers all over the world demand Kitagawa workholding for their operations because they want the most advanced, safe, and reliable workholding solutions available. Simply put, they get “the best” workholding when they specify Kitagawa. Kitagawa workholding allows them to push the boundaries of machining speeds, operational efficiency, productivity, and profits.

Workholding with Incredible Longevity & Durability

Kitagawa Chucks are known for the remarkable longevity – performing day in and day out in some of the most punishing environments. Our average chuck rebuild comes into our facility only after 20-25 years of service life – often from automotive applications that are known for heavy abuse and 24/7 operation.

Technological & Quality Leadership in Workholding

With multiple components machined within tolerances of 1/000 mm, Kitagawa Workholding is quite possibly “the best” in precision, repeatability, and reliability. Kitagawa is also paving the way with new workholding solutions for the future of machining. Going beyond the realm of a typical chuck with advanced chucks solutions, combination chucks, automated workholding in robotic environments for lights-out machining and custom engineered workholding for turning and prismatic applications.

Corporate Headquarters and Manufacturing for North America

With locations in the USA, Canada and Mexico, Kitagawa NorthTech’s Schaumburg, Illinois facility, represents North American headquarters for the company. The facility houses corporate staff, customer service, engineering teams, manufacturing, quality control and testing, production, warehousing and repair and rebuild services. Kitagawa Mexico represents their newest facility established to support customers in Mexico and South America.

Kitagawa Iron Works History

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1941

Opens first dedicated training facility and buildings

1945

Company is involved with steam engine manufacturing

1954

Company embarks on civil engineering and steel bridge construction projects

1960

Shares of the company begin trading on the Hiroshima stock exchange which later was absorbed by the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE)

1962

Established global headquarters and manufacturing facility

1967

Power chuck development and the agitator track mass production begins. Company also, establishes the Ukai plant

1970

Kitagawa pioneers’ development of industry first through-hole power chuck design

1984

The company introduces power vice product line

1989

Introduced large construction crane equipment

1991

Company celebrates 50th anniversary

1991

Kitagawa expands to North America where current day headquarters and manufacturing is housed for Kitagawa NorthTech Schaumburg, IL