Heathway Glass Lathe
Well known since 1936 as makers of highly specialised glass lathes the Heathway Company made nearly all their machines in England, first in Uxbridge Road, Hillingdon, Middlesex and then Milton Keynes with a sales office in the United States at 1001 South 2nd Street, Millville, New Jersey. The Company was taken over by the Arnold Gruppe in 2005 but, once the sale was finalised, Arnold shut the factory and moved everything to Germany.
Still made, a wide range of specialised machines is offered - from small bench-top models with a 32 mm spindle bore to large floor-standing types (for working quartz) that can take up to 530 mm through the spindle.
Introduced during 1983 the current Heathway range is based on a modular concept with a machine able to be built up to the customer's specification from a number of standard units.
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