Haas Automation

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Haas Automation, Inc.
Type Private
Industry CNC Machine Tools, Manufacturing
Founded 1983
Founders Gene F. Haas
Headquarters Oxnard, California, United States of America
Number of locations
Area served Worldwide
  • CNC vertical machining centers
  • CNC horizontal machining centers
  • CNC lathes/turning centers
  • CNC rotary products and indexers
  • 5-axis machining centers
  • Mold making machining centers
  • Toolroom machines
  • Gantry routers
Owners Gene F. Haas
Employees 1,500 (worldwide, 2013)
Website www.HaasCNC.com

Located in Oxnard, California, Haas Automation, Inc. is one of the largest unit volume[1][2][3] machine tool builders in the world. Haas Automation manufactures computer numerically controlled (CNC) vertical machining centers, horizontal machining centers, CNC lathes/turning centers, and CNC rotary tables and indexers.

Haas products are manufactured at the company's facility in Oxnard, California.

Haas history[edit]

Gene F. Haas founded Haas Automation in 1983[4] to manufacture machine tools. The company entered the machine tool industry with the first, fully automatic, programmable collet indexer – a device used to position parts for machining with high accuracy. Over the next four years, the company expanded its product line to include fully programmable rotary tables, rotary indexers, and machine tool accessories.

In 1987, Haas Automation began developing its first vertical machining center (VMC), a machine designed to perform operations such as milling, drilling, tapping, and boring. This machine, the VF-1, was introduced at a cost competitive with machine tools from offshore manufacturers. The first VF-1 prototypes were completed in 1988 and introduced at the International Machine Tool Show (IMTS '88) in Chicago, Illinois.[5]

Haas products[edit]

Small CNC Turning Center

Haas Automation manufactures several lines of CNC machine tools for the metalworking industry.

  • Vertical Machining Centers (VMCs)
  • Horizontal Machining Centers (HMCs)
  • Turning Centers (CNC Lathes)
  • Rotary Tables and Indexers


Haas Automation is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company.

All Haas CNC machine tools carry the ETL Listed mark, certifying that they conform to the NFPA 79 Electrical Standard for Industrial Machinery and the Canadian equivalent, CAN/CSA C22.2 No. 73.

Haas Automation, Inc., has completed the certification process that is required to affix the CE mark to its products.

Haas Distributor Network[edit]

Haas started out in 1983 with limited local distribution of its products in Southern California, eventually expanding into the United States, Canadian, and British markets. In 1988 the company began establishing overseas markets, beginning with Denmark, Holland, and Israel. In 1993, Haas began private labeling products for Swiss machine tool builder Mikron,[7] which provided additional distribution of the company’s machines in the European market. In 2000, Haas established Haas Automation Europe in Brussels, Belgium, to distribute Haas-branded products directly in Europe, and began phasing out the relationship with Mikron.

Haas Automation products are distributed worldwide through a network of Haas Factory Outlets (HFOs), independently owned local businesses that provide sales, service, and applications support for Haas machine tools.

The Haas Factory outlet[4] concept of dedicated Haas distributors was introduced in 1999, with the first HFO established in Torrance, California, as a proof-of-concept. The HFO concept was then applied to the company’s existing distributor network, then expanded worldwide.[8] and Canada, and then expanded worldwide.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Haas's 2006 production makes it world leader.". Tooling & production (Nelson Publishing). 1 March 2007. 
  2. ^ "2007 was good to Haas.". Modern Applications News (Nelson Publishing). 1 April 2008. 
  3. ^ Michael P Collins (1 February 2008). "Behind the Haas phenomenon: the philosophy of California company has redefined what's successful in a new manufacturing century". Tooling & Production (Nelson Publishing). 
  4. ^ a b "Inside the future of a machine tool builder.". Tooling & Production (Nelson Publishing). 1 April 2000. 
  5. ^ Stanley J Modic (1 December 1991). "Gene Haas keeps entrepreneurial spirit alive". Tooling & Production (Nelson Publishing). 
  6. ^ "Ground broken in Oxnard for $20 million Haas headquarters; private-public teamwork cited.". Business Wire. 20 March 1996. 
  8. ^ "Haas Expands `Factory Outlet' Concept.". Metalworking Insider's Report (Gardner Publications, Inc.). 7 October 1999. 
  9. ^ "Haas sets sights on Europe.". Nelson Publishing. Retrieved 8 May 2013.