SMW Autoblok News

  • SMW Autoblok Names Gary Downs as New President

    SMW-Autoblok Corporation, a premier manufacturer of workholding solutions, is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary Downs to the position of President. Downs has worked for SMW Autoblok for fifteen years, most recently as Vice President of Sales.

    “Gary Downs has been a key member of the SMW Autoblok organization for the past fifteen years, and we are thrilled to promote him to the position of President,” stated Walter Bronzino, President of the SMW Autoblok Group. “His intimate knowledge of our products and organization and over 30 years of experience in the machine tool industry will help to fuel SMW Autoblok’s continued growth in North America.”

    SMW Autoblok is a premier global manufacturer of rotating hydraulic and pneumatic chucks, expanding mandrels, collet chucks, hydraulic self centering steady rests, hydraulic cylinders, pneumatic cylinders and a full line of driven tooling. Headquartered in Wheeling, Illinois, SMW Autoblok Corporation is responsible for sales and service for the North American market.

    For more information on SMW Autoblok or their products, please contact SMW Autoblok Corporation at 847-215-0591 or visit

    Autoblok Corporation was established in 1981 as a subsidiary of Autoblok of Italy, the largest power chuck manufacturer in Europe. Since 1942, Autoblok has been at the forefront of engineering and manufacturing state-of-the-art workholding, clamping and tooling solutions. In 1993, Autoblok acquired SMW of Germany. The combination of these two premier manufacturing entities resulted in the most extensive product line of high quality workholding devices in the world. Now available exclusively through its subsidiaries, reps and distributors, SMW AUTOBLOK customers are ensured a consistent, single source of superior product performance, support and service.

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