We proudly announce that September 15th, 2022 marked the 30th anniversary of HIWIN Corporation’s journey in providing best-in-class motion control and systems technology in North America. From our start focusing solely on ballscrews, we have grown into one of the industry leaders in linear, rotary, and multi-axis motion by offering a robust suite of products powering the automation of processes for businesses across the Medical, Laboratory, Packaging, and Manufacturing industries.
In 1992, HIWIN entered the United States market by establishing a subsidiary in a small 4,000-square-foot facility in Glenview, Illinois. The goal of this new business unit was to bring HIWIN’s advanced ballscrew technology from Taiwan to the North American market.
The HIWIN brand became rapidly recognized across the industrial space for its engineering expertise. The professionalism and dedication of that first team made quite an impact through hands-on customer contact and service interactions. Demand for new products grew quickly and it became clear that the Glenview facility was not able to handle the needs of the business going forward – it was time to move.
A facility that could handle the demand for HIWIN products was located in Mount Prospect, IL, and opened its doors in 1998. Orders continued to grow and HIWIN’s market presence continued to rapidly expand – both in customer count and products offered. This forced another move to a larger facility in 2008 in Elgin, IL.
Through this period of accelerated growth, it became clear that HIWIN needed a location that could grow with the business to ensure continued success. HIWIN needed a location that could provide a transportation hub for the U.S. and North America in the center of the U.S. and have access to a qualified, local workforce, capable of fulfilling staffing needs at all levels.
Leadership identified a 15-acre site in Huntley, Illinois’ Corporate Park that would provide for those needs and offer additional land for future expansion. In 2015, the Village Board of Huntley, Illinois, approved the construction of the current 120,000 sq ft office and warehouse. Construction began in 2016, and the team moved into the new facility in early February 2017.
The new HIWIN Corporation headquarters boasts a spacious training facility with expanded product displays and a state-of-the-art quality and engineering lab for HIWIN engineers to ensure standards. Attached is our ISO 9001-certified distribution center featuring a state-of-the-art automated order picking system; expanding machining and assembly areas capable of storing over 2 million pounds of product. This new automation capability ensures the fastest lead times and the on-time delivery of products to meet customer requests. At the same time, we have expanded our Authorized Distributor network to 21 locations. 13 of these distributors are strategically located in the U.S., 6 in Mexico, and 2 in Canada to continue our growth and service to our customers.
The expanded facilities are the result of HIWIN’s aggressive development of new technology patents in mechanical, electrical, and robotic systems. This resulted in the release of new products in the mechatronic and electronic domains (linear motor components and stages, direct drive and torque motor rotary tables, AC Servo motors, drives, industrial robotics, torque motor rotary tables, controllers, and Datorker® strain wave gearing systems), offering customers guaranteed compatibility and a single motion system supplier.
Along the way, HIWIN has been recognized worldwide for providing precision and reliability in the motion control space.
As space, products, services, and capabilities have expanded over the years – it has all been made possible by a highly qualified and experienced team of people. Our large staff is dedicated to serving our customers with the best solutions, quality, and service possible. As we look to the future, President Joe Jou shared, “We have the products, the technology, and intelligence, and stand ready to meet the demands of new applications to power the future of the industry – whatever the demands may be.” Our journey continues as the world’s leader in motion control and system technology with unmatched precision and reliability.