Tools and tooling systems
for wood and plastics

Progress – Step By Step




2011

Leitz establishes coatings for carbide tools in the woodworking and sets new standards in performance, resource efficiency and processing quality.

2007

Because of the new tooth shape, GlossCut saw blades achieve cuts that are almost free of saw marks and breakouts along the edge for MDF and plastic processing.

2006

The establishment of a Leitz distribution centre in Johannesburg/South Africa guarantees close customer relations on all continents.

2001

Leitz develops the DustFlowControl (DFC) tooling system for optimised chip collection to make processes saver, cleaner and more efficient.

1997

The first version of the Leitz Lexicon appears, today a globally renowned reference book for wood- and plastic processing.
Leitz opens in Nanjing, China, the first production plant for the emerging asiatic market.

1993

Leitz introduces the first tool with an electronic memory chip. The data from this technology opens up new possibilities for tool-management.

1981

Leitz develops the first polycrystalline diamond cutting material for wood processing.

1973

Leitz reaches new dimensions of cutter performance and surface quality with its implementation of hydraulic clamping technology.

1971

Leitz develops resharpenable tooling systems with constant diameter and profile after resharpening.

1959

Leitz develops the application of carbide as a cutting material.

1956

Leitz establishes the first international distribution center in Netherlands.

1921

Leitz develops the first tool set for window production, in cutterhead design. It follows a wider patent sharing.

1913

Now in its second generation, the company publishes the “Tool Factory of the Leitz Brothers”, its first tool catalogue.

1910

It obtains the first patent for a mechanically operated cutting tool.

1908

The company begins to specialise in the manufacture of machine tools.

1876

Albert Leitz founds the “Wurttemberg Wood Boring Factory” in Oberkochen, South Germany.