For over 110 years, since 1912, Setco has been recognized as the technical leader in the design, manufacture, and service of precision spindles, milling heads, slides, spindle/slide combinations and precision parts. Setco is a major spindle manufacturer with over 325,000 spindles in the field, both new and rebuilt, that include belt-driven, geared, motorized, high speed and high frequency models. In addition, Setco offers a complete line of precision linear slides – dovetail, hardened way, and linear rail slides in 21 standard sizes and hundreds of standard catalog models.
Setco products serve the automotive, aerospace, construction, die/mold, cabling and winding, plastics, woodworking, stone cutting and general metalworking industries. Through its thirteen global locations, Setco, is the industry forerunner in the repair and servicing of spindles for over 350 machine tool brands. Through acquisitions, Setco is the home of MASTER, POPE, WHITNON, NEO and HEADTEC brand spindles, slides, and modules. Setco is also the home of GTI Spindle Technology.
As a first step to being a global supplier for spindles and spindle repairs, in 2012, Setco acquired India’s leading independent spindle repair company Ultra Precision Spindles (UPSPL) to expand product and service offerings in the fast-developing India market. Later in 2012, Setco acquired Taiwan’s leading spindle and milling head technology provider, NEO Precision to be a leader in the ever growing Taiwan/China spindle markets. As part of a continuation strategy of Setco’s expansion into Asia, in 2015, Setco opened spindle service centers in Shanghai, China and Chennai, India. In 2017, Setco further expanded its service offerings by opening a third service center in Delhi, India, and expanded its spindle and milling head offerings by acquiring the intellectual property of Headtec.
While Setco has grown its presence in Asia, it also looked to expand North American support and in March of 2020 Setco opened its first service operation in Ramos Arizpe to support Mexico. In 2023 Setco purchased the assets of GTI Spindle Technology, its largest competitor in the precision repair/rebuild space and a major provider of spindle analysis tools. These acquisitions, demonstrate Setco is committed to being a leader in the global markets they serve.
Setco is owned by Holden Industries, Inc., a 100% Employee-Owned Company headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, USA. Holden Industries operates four wholly-owned subsidiaries which comprise four core business areas.
Through a strategy of continuous improvement, Setco is dedicated to manufacturing high quality machine tool spindles and slides. It is the responsibility of every employee to ensure that every product shipped meets or exceeds our customer’s needs and expectations for quality and service.