Our Company History 1968 - 2017

Extrusion cutting experts since 1968

Our company history started in 1968 when Gillard & Co. was founded in Maidenhead (England).

Right from the start we concentrated on designing & manufacturing extrusion downstream equipment, including guillotine cutters and pullers.

The Company was incorporated in England as Peter Gillard & Co. Limited in 1971.

 

 

 

 

1973

Colour photography arrives!

The 'Seventies saw a period of rapid growth with the development of many new machines such as larger guillotines, rotary cutters, heavy-duty caterpillar haul-offs, cooling systems and coiling machines. We even started making plastic extruders!

 

 

 

 

 

 

1981

After 12 years in business the machine range had settled down. The core production was caterpillar haul-offs & cutting systems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1985

The first Vac-U-Torq® rotary cutter was sold. This range of vacuum clutch/brake machines was highly successful and gave a massive boost to Gillard. Their turnover had expanded by almost 400% by the end of the 1980s.

By 1989 the orginal Maidenhead factory was too small, so Gillard looked for larger premises.

 

 

 

 

 

1990

Gillard moved to their current home, a larger, modern factory in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire (England).

The product range expands to both vacuum (Vac-U-Torq) & pneumatic (Neuma-Torq) clutch/brake rotary cutters.

 

 

 

 

1996

The first Servo-Torq® clutch-less servo rotary rotary cutter is built. The Mk. 1 version is pictured to the left.

 

 

 

 

 

Gillard extruded food cutter

2001

The first cutters for extruded food products are sold.

The first years of the new Millennium saw Gillard expand their range of Servo-Torq® cutters into new markets.

 

 

 

 

2008

Gillard diversifies into specialist Servo-Torq® extrusion cutters for cuffed & corrugated plastic tubing.

Despite the impact of the world-wide economic slump in 2008 - 2010, Gillard sales expand to record levels, with a high proportion going outside the EU.

 

 

 

 

2013

Gillard expanded their range of machines to include pre-heating systems, servo coilers & saws.

 

 

 

 

 

  2017

 

The move into cutting extruded food products continues, with the development of multi-lane food cutting systems & related equipment for major multinational food processing companies worldwide.

Products as diverse as croutons, plastic tube, silicone hose, mastic adhesive, dog chews and many, many more, are now cut with Gillard machines around the world.