ANCA’s co-founders receive an Industry award in the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame 


Pat Boland and Pat McCluskey, co-founders of advanced tool and cutter grinding manufacturing company ANCA, were admitted to the Honour Roll of the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame 2022 for their service to industry. 

ANCA, which started in 1974, in Pat Boland’s bedroom in Melbourne with a $4,000 mini-computer, is now a leading company, employing more than 1,200 people, with an annual turnover of more than $300 million. 

The Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards celebrated and highlighted the importance of local manufacturing. Victorian minister for industry support and recovery, Ben Carroll, presented the awards at a Gala event. 

This award recognises both Pat’s contributions to manufacturing, from ANCA’s beginnings in 1974 to today, where business is thriving and ANCA’s sophisticated technology is designed and built in Melbourne and exported across the world, to over 50 countries. 

A lifetime of contributions to the industry identifies Pat Boland and Pat McCluskey as 'manufacturing heroes'. Delivering world-leading technology for over four decades makes them an inspiration to many both inside of and outside of their company.

The importance of software, a global outlook and supplying a highly-specialised niche product have been key to ANCA’s success from the beginning. Now, ANCA competes and wins on a global stage for the specialist tool and cutter grinding machine market. 

ANCA has 38 patent applications globally, from seven patent families in the fields of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and software. Competing internationally has meant an enduring focus on innovation to be first to market with new and better technical solutions.

ANCA CNC grinders are used for manufacturing precision cutting tools and components across a diverse range of competitive industries including cutting tool manufacture, automotive, including electric vehicles, aerospace, electronics and medical. ANCA has offices in the UK, Germany, China, Thailand, India, Japan, Brazil and the USA as well as a comprehensive worldwide network of representatives and agents. 

As ANCA designs and manufactures its own machines, control system and software, the company is able to provide innovative solutions for key components such as CNC controls, spindle and servo drives. 

On winning the award Pat Boland said: “Pat McCluskey and I are honoured by the winning of this award. We thank all our teams who have contributed to ANCA’s success in the global marketplace."

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