The Journey Begins
Bharat Fritz Werner (BFW) began its journey in 1961. Its first product were knee-type milling machines. These products were manufactured in technical collaboration with Fritz Werner Werkzeugmaschinen GmBH of then West Germany. In those days, Hindustan Machine Tools (HMT) was the only other Machine Tool Manufacturer in India. Most of the demand for machine tools was catered to by imports.
The rise of the special purpose machines
BFW soon branched out into the production & supply of Special Purpose Machines (SPM) with the SPM supplied to the then Mico Bosch Limited in the year 1970.
First bulk machine order execution
The company’s products gradually gained acceptance in the Indian market, and BFW saw its first bulk machine order execution in 1979. It was a large export order of 25 machines to the Tata Government Tech Center in Jurong, Singapore.
To Russia With Love
BFW was one of the earliest exporters of machine tools and saw record exports of its products – 160 milling machines to erstwhile USSR (Union of Socialist Soviet Republics) in the year 1983.
BFW's very 1st R&D facility
BFW was also one of the earliest companies to see benefits in the research & development of machining and machine tool technologies in the early 1980s. On account of its stellar efforts on this front, the BFW R&D facility received formal approval from the Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India in 1985.
CNC implementation & exports
When CNC machining technologies were introduced in the country, BFW was one of the earliest implementers of this technology. Soon enough, BFW saw the export of 16 Horizontal Machining Centers (HMCs) to USSR in 1987. USSR was the export destination of choice for BFWs in the 80s and early 90s, and in the year 1989, BFW exported 135 milling machines to USSR. The fact that an Indian manufacturer’s products were being accepted in a leading country was a source of great pride for the nation and the foreign exchange earnings were very welcome.
Our own supply of special purpose machines
The early 90s saw BFW become a serious SPM manufacturer and the year 1993 saw BFW supply its first cylinder block & cylinder head transfer line to Simpson-Perkins. Subsequently in 1996, BFW started supplying machines to Maruti Udyog Limited, which in those days was India’s largest automobile manufacturer.
Changing gears to high speed machining
The latter part of the 90s saw BFW manufacturing high-speed machining centers. The company was delighted to start doing business with Honda Motorcycles & Scooters India, the then second largest two-wheelers manufacturer in India. In the year 2002 BFW got a prestigious order from Kirloskar Toyoda Textile Machinery which marked their foray into serving the textile machinery sector.
The latter half of 2000s, saw BFW branch out into several new product lines such as Double Column VMCs (Vertical Machining Centers), High-speed VMCs, Vertical Turret Lathes (VTLs), and 5-axis VMCs & HMCs.
Prime contender in India for Integrated automation solutions
In 2010, BFW arrived as the prime contender in India to supply integrated automation solutions, by supplying one such solution for ‘glass bottle handling’ to Hindustan National Glass & Industries. This year also saw the supply of Specialized GPMs (General Purpose Machines) for KB Engine cylinder block machining to Maruti Udyog Limited.
Successful half century of operations. Rededicating for the future.
The Year 2011 saw BFW complete 50 successful years of operations in service of the Indian & overseas manufacturing industries with over 30,000 machine tool installations across the globe. BFW also entered into a strategic partnership with Spinner GmBH for offering CNC Turning Centers (HTLs) to the Indian market.
Forays Into Germany Again. Acquired Matec Maschinen GMBH.
2012 was a landmark year in BFW’s history, when it acquired matec Maschinen GmBH for manufacture of Travelling column & Gantry-type 5-axis VMCs.
The following years saw BFW establish several more milestones:
- Special commemoration for supplying Cylinder block & Cylinder head SPM lines in the year 2013
- Successful overseas installation and commissioning of BFW’s heavy-duty Vertical Lathe 1200 RL at ( Sehmidtke and Sohn, Germany) in the year 2014
- Successful supply of Vertical Turn-mill multi-tasking machine VTL 800 H capable of 5 simultaneous operations to General Machine Tools Ichalkaranji in the year 2014
- BFW exclusive solution for Coulter blade machining BVL 800 S supply to Bellota Agrisolutions is a leading Spanish manufacturer in the year 2014.
Donning a new identity.
In 2015, BFW took on a new brand identity reflecting a more contemporary image. The latter half of the year saw BFW establish the most comprehensive product range in Heavy-duty Turning Centers on offer in the Indian industry, through acquisition of the Turning Products range of Chennai-based Proteck.
Other highlights of this year are as below:-
- BFW's Century Partnership with Force Motors & Jaya Hind industries over supply of its 100th machine.
- Supply of CNC 5 Axes Single Spindle Flexible Machine – for Front Axle beam machining to TML Drive Lines Ltd, Jamshedpur
- Supply of Special Purpose Toe & Camber Milling Machine for Rear Axle beam machining to Atamec - BSMA, France
- Supply of Special Purpose Twin Spindle Double Ended (Turning & Grooving) Machine for Tripod machining - for Super Auto Forge Pvt Ltd. Chennai
- Milestone achievement of having delivered 100 HTLs with in landmark 6 months'
Supply of Two–way HMC special purpose machine for Front Twist Beam work-piece for Cosma International.
- Establishment of BFW Tech-centers at Kolhapur & Ahmedabad to provide localized & application support
Establishment of Dr. Kalam Center of Innovation
BFW began 2016 by establishing the Dr. Kalam Center of Innovation, inaugurated in February 2016 by Mr. A S Kiran Kumar, Chairman ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) in the august presence of Mr. APJ Abdul Saleem – the grandnephew of our beloved late former President – Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam.
The course of this year saw BFW bring in new products, and make strides in regional penetration & new customer acquisition.
BFW today embodies the heart of Indian manufacturing – extremely proud of its heritage and yet forward-looking to guard the interests & care showered upon us by our stakeholders. BFW believes in the power of ‘MAKE IN INDIA’ and meeting the various challenges and opportunities brought forth by it.