Our Company History 1968 - 2018
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.
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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!
After 12 years in business the machine range had settled down. The core production was caterpillar haul-offs & cutting systems.
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.
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.
The first Servo-Torq® clutch-less servo rotary rotary cutter is built. The Mk. 1 version is pictured to the left.
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.
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.
Gillard expanded their range of machines to include pre-heating systems, servo coilers & saws.
Our 50th Anniversary year!
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 & many more are now cut with Gillard machines around the world.