Greenleaf Introduces ‘Global Productivity Initiative’

Greenleaf’s initiative is a multiyear campaign to provide especially productive tooling solutions and services to the global customer base.

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For more than 65 years, US-based Greenleaf Corp. has supplied metalworking companies with innovative cutting tools and toolholding systems. To help its customers pursue their objective of increased productivity through advanced machining technology and design, Greenleaf has embarked on a Global Productivity Initiative.
 
Greenleaf’s initiative is a multiyear campaign to provide especially productive tooling solutions and services to the global customer base. It involves the release of new products, increased investment in production capabilities, and the development of a larger field service team of highly trained technicians.
 
“These are challenging times for manufacturing companies around the world,” states President Jim Greenleaf. “Increased competition, costly raw materials, a shrinking skilled workforce, and an increased need for finished goods are placing great demands upon existing manufacturing infrastructures and personnel. Our Global Productivity Initiative is intended to bring the best products, the best practices and the best people to bear on improving our customers’ productivity.”
 
That demand for Greenleaf products has reached unprecedented levels, Greenleaf believes, is due to the company’s focus on developing superior cutting tool materials and unique tooling solutions optimized for its customers’ operations. In order to meet this demand, and as part of its Global Productivity Initiative, Greenleaf has boosted its insert production capacity by 30% and steel manufacturing capabilities by 25% and recently opened a 26,000-ft2 (2,400-m2) manufacturing facility for ceramic products.
 
The ceramic insert grade WG-700™ is the first new product to be released as part of Greenleaf’s productivity initiative. This whisker-reinforced cutter is the most sophisticated ceramic insert Greenleaf has developed. The goal, explains Jim Greenleaf, was to create an insert that could consistently machine high-strength alloys at very high speeds. Not only is the WG-700 capable of that, but it does so at unsurpassed feedrates.
 
Besides introducing the products and capacity needed to exceed market requirements, Greenleaf Corp. has made increasing by 60% the number of its sales and service engineers and contracted representatives worldwide part of the Global Productivity Initiative.
 
"Greenleaf Corporation is well positioned to help our customers reach their productivity goals,” concludes Jim Greenleaf. “The best is yet