Top 10 Best Cylinder Manufacturers & Brands in 2024

Ever wondered how the world of automation thrives? This article explores top pneumatic companies driving innovation. From Japan to Germany, discover how these industry leaders shape our future. Expect insights into their history, products, and global impact. Ready to dive in?

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1. SMC

Country: Japan

Founded1959 

About the company:

SMC is a renowned global manufacturer of pneumatic components. Founded in 1959, the company is based in Tokyo, Japan. SMC started out as a company primarily producing “sintered metal industrial filter” filter elements through powder metallurgy.

After years of continuous efforts and innovation, SMC expanded its product offerings and gained the trust of customers due to its excellent quality. Today, the company is a leading player in the pneumatic industry.

The name “SMC” (Sintered Metal Company) has been used for many years and has become a widely recognized global brand. In 1994, SMC (China) Co., Ltd. was established in Beijing. After more than 20 years of growth, SMC has developed a nationwide marketing network and a well-regarded reputation for its products and services in the industry.

In 2021, SMC China underwent a group reorganization and officially established SMC Automation Co., Ltd. to improve domestic customer service and establish a new pattern of sustainable development.

SMC Automation Co., Ltd. is responsible for marketing activities in mainland China and has branches in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou to manage marketing agencies in their respective regions. The company aims to provide professional and timely services and technical support to customers across the country.

Currently, SMC has over 120 directly affiliated business outlets and more than 300 authorized agents nationwide. In recent years, the company has also established partnerships with several e-commerce platforms.

2. AirTAC

Country: China

Founded: 1988

Products: Cylinder, solenoid valve, pressure switch

About the company:

AirTAC International Group, a world-renowned professional supplier and manufacturer of pneumatic equipment, was founded in Taiwan in 1988 and is headquartered in Taipei. The company specializes in the production of pneumatic execution, control, and processing components, as well as various auxiliary components.

Its products are utilized in a diverse range of automation industries, including automotive, machinery manufacturing, metallurgy, electronic technology, environmental treatment, light industry and textile, ceramics, medical devices, and food packaging.

Research and development centre

The Research and Development (R&D) Center of Yadeke International Group is located in Ningbo, with a total building area of 10,527 square meters.

Sales Center

The domestic sales center of Yadeke International Group is located in Ningbo, Zhejiang, and has a floor area of 30,000 square meters.

The sales headquarters for Europe is ATC (Italia) S.R.L., located in Milan, Italy.

In Southeast Asia, the sales headquarters is AIRTAC INTERNATIONAL (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD., located in Singapore. Yadeke also has a sales center, AIRTAC INDUSTRIAL (MALAYSIA) SDN. BHD., located in Johor City, Malaysia.

In Japan, Yataka Co., Ltd. is located in East Osaka. Airtac Industrial Co., Ltd. is located in Beilan Province, Thailand.

Finally, AIRTAC USA CORPORATION is located in Houston, USA.

Production base

Currently, Yadeke International Group has three major production bases located in Ningbo, Zhejiang; Foshan, Guangdong; and Tainan, Taiwan.

The Ningbo Yadeke (No. 1 Factory) has a building area of 240,000 square meters and 23 standard workshops. The Ningbo Yadeke (No. 2 Factory) has a building area of 180,000 square meters and 16 standard workshops in use.

The Guangdong Yadeke production base has a building area of 45,000 square meters and 3 standard workshops. In Taiwan, the Yadeke production base has a building area of 180,000 square meters and 7 standard workshops.

Logistics Centre

Yadeke International Group has two logistics centers located in Kunshan, Jiangsu, and Huizhou, Guangdong.

The logistics center in Kunshan, Jiangsu covers an area of 20,000 square meters, while the Guangdong Yadeke logistics center is located in an intelligent building with an area of 40,000 square meters.

3. Festo

Country: Germany

Founded1925  

About the company:

Founded in 1925, Festo is a leading manufacturer in the field of automation technology and a global market leader in industrial technology training. The company is headquartered in Eislingen, Germany and operates in over 200 industries worldwide, providing cutting-edge pneumatic and electric drive technologies and comprehensive solutions for factory automation and process automation to over 300,000 customers.

Festo’s business in China began in 1985 and the company officially entered China in 1993 by establishing Festo (China) Co., Ltd. in Jinqiao, Pudong, Shanghai. Over the past three decades, Festo has continuously expanded its investment in China, focusing on production, research and development, and sales.

The company provides the Chinese market with pneumatic and electric drive technologies and comprehensive solutions for factory automation and process automation, serving a variety of industries including automotive, electronics and light assembly, food and beverage packaging, water/sewage treatment, biotechnology/pharmacy, and more.

The Festo Teaching and Training Department also offers a comprehensive solution for industrial training to over 600 enterprises and institutions, universities, vocational colleges, and training bases in Greater China.

This includes laboratory construction, course system construction, and provides qualification certification and employment guidance for students. Additionally, as the official partner of the World Skills Competition, Festo provides professional technical training and support for the competition.

Currently, Festo has over 2,000 employees in Greater China.

4. Chelic

Country: China

Founded1986

Products:the company offers a range of products including air source processing components, control valves, various types of air cylinders, auxiliary components, vacuum components, air pressure modular components, and electric control components.

About the company:

Taiwan Chelic Co., Ltd. was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Xinbei City, Taiwan. The company currently operates two main production facilities, the Taiwan Xinbei Factory and the Shanghai Songjiang Factory.

The products produced by Taiwan Chelic are used in a variety of automation applications including production equipment, testing equipment, packaging equipment, processing machines, maintenance equipment, and plant automation. With the brand “CHELIC”, the company has a reputation in the automation industry.

Taiwan Chelic has a global distribution network and is a supplier of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and original design manufacturer (ODM) to well-known automation manufacturers both domestically and internationally.

5. CKD

Country: Japan

Founded1943 

Products: The company produces a range of automation machinery including equipment for lamp manufacturing, CCFL, LED manufacturing, drug blister packaging equipment, secondary battery winding machines, and three-dimensional solder printing substrate testers. Additionally, it offers pneumatic control systems, including FRL air source processing parts, pneumatic change-over valves, cylinders, and other accessories. The company also provides fluid control systems, such as multi-media solenoid valves, gas control valves, motor valves, special valves for analytical instruments, special valves for cutting fluid control, special valves for high vacuum, special valves for gas and natural gas LPG, high-purity chemical liquid valves, and process gas valves. Lastly, it offers a labor-saving system, including DD-MOTOR and clearance turntables.

About the company:

CKD is a pneumatic company invested in by Japan CKD Co., Ltd. It mainly manufactures air source treatment equipment, cylinders, solenoid valves, and other automated products.

Xikai Li (China) Co., Ltd. is a wholly-owned subsidiary established by Japan CKD Co., Ltd. in China and is part of a global group.

The company is located in the Wuxi New Area and has a rich history of development as a leading Japanese enterprise in the region. In 1987, “Wuxi Pneumatic Technology Research Institute” was established, followed by the joint venture “Wuxi Pneumatic Industry Co., Ltd.” in 1992. In 2001, the sales company “Xikaili (Shanghai) Machinery Co., Ltd.” was established, and in 2003 a manufacturing factory was established, which is now Xikaili (China) Co., Ltd.

As a wholly-owned subsidiary of CKD Co., Ltd., CKD China primarily produces automated machinery, labor-saving equipment, and pneumatic control components. The company has been dedicated to producing high-quality and efficient products since its inception and serves as a large-scale production base for the group overseas.

In 2013, the company built a new factory, incorporating concepts of warmth, environmental protection, and people-orientation. The factory serves as the second development base for CKD, producing products of the same quality as in Japan and tailored to the Chinese market. It is a comprehensive facility that integrates production, sales, components, and automation equipment.

6. KOGANEI

Country: Japan

Founded1934 

Products: KOGANEI high-performance pneumatic component cylinder, swing cylinder, pneumatic claw, solenoid valve, manual valve, check valve, vacuum valve generator, suction cup, various cylinders, magnetic dryer, pressure regulating valve, pressure valve, KOGANEI static remover, static tester

About the company:

KOGANEI, established in 1934, is primarily focused on the manufacturing and sales of pneumatic components and related products, as well as the production of oxygen resin components and centralized oil feeding lubrication devices.

At KOGANEI, customer satisfaction is at the forefront of all operations and is achieved through providing safe, reliable, and beloved products and services. To continuously improve quality and effectively manage quality, KOGANEI has obtained ISO 9001:2000 certification.

With branches and business offices in 26 countries and regions worldwide, KOGANEI has a global presence.

Shanghai KOGANEI International Trade Co., Ltd. is a subsidiary of Japan KOGANEI Co., Ltd. that was registered in the Shanghai Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone in 2004. Its main business is the sales of Japanese KOGANEI imported products and locally sourced products from Shanghai Jiading in China.

After a decade of growth in China, the company has established 6 branches in Shanghai, Beijing, Wuxi, Suzhou, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou, as well as 9 additional locations.

7. Norgren

Country:

Founded: 

Products: Cylinder, air handling element, connector, Pressure switch, valve

About the company:

Norgren is a leading manufacturer in the field of motion and fluid control technology. It offers outstanding solutions to various industries that seek to improve speed and engineering stability, thereby increasing the productivity and efficiency of their equipment.

At Norgren, our goal is to understand the challenges faced by our customers. By combining our products, talented workforce, and expertise, we are able to provide exceptional services and solutions. In this way, Norgren helps its customers enhance the performance of their products.

Norgren achieves its competitive advantage through a range of high-quality products, close collaboration with customers, and a strong problem-solving ability. The company guarantees local delivery through its global technical support network, ensuring that customers receive the support they need, no matter where they are located.

Norgren’s global team consists of key account managers and over 400 experienced engineers, many of whom are experts in their respective industries. The company invests in talent development, providing opportunities for training and exposure to the world’s best products and technologies. This experience has equipped Norgren with the skills, confidence, and expertise to better meet customer needs and provide perfect solutions.

Norgren has a state-of-the-art global manufacturing capability and technology center, dedicated to developing and rigorously testing new, high-quality products that meet the demands of precision industries and applications. The company helps customers around the world improve production linearity, reduce downtime, and decrease energy consumption.

Norgren’s product lines include IMI Norgren, IMl Buschjost, IMI FAS, IMI Herion, and IMI Maxseal. These products have been thoroughly tested and proven in practical applications, earning a reputation as trusted brands in the field of fluid and motion control. Norgren continues to innovate and develop new products, ensuring the growth of these product lines.

By offering stable, safe, and efficient solutions, Norgren helps customers tackle complex engineering challenges. The company invests in robust project management systems and localized lean production, delivering exceptional manufacturing, sales, and services to 50 countries worldwide.

With an integrated supply chain and fast sales services, Norgren has the systems, processes, and support in place to provide high-quality products and after-sales services promptly and efficiently, anywhere in the world.

As a member of IMIPLC International Engineering Group, Norgren has sales and service networks in 50 countries and production bases in the United States, Germany, China, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Mexico, and Brazil.

Norgren supports its customers through a network of global technology centers and advanced CFD design and R&D testing facilities. The company also employs a team of professional field engineers, industry experts, and key account managers who are dedicated to providing quality services to customers.

8. Parker

Country: USA

Founded: 1918 

About the company:

Founded in 1918, Parker Hannifin is a diversified global manufacturer of transmission and control technologies and systems, offering design solutions for various automotive, industrial, and aviation markets. The company prioritizes customer needs and leverages its unique engineering expertise and wide range of core technologies to tackle challenging engineering problems. By forming partnerships with its customers, Parker Hannifin helps them significantly improve their productivity and profitability.

As a global motion control manufacturer, Parker Hannifin offers products and user services. The company operates over 1400 production lines of components and systems, which are used in more than 1000 industrial and aviation applications in the field of motion control. Parker Hannifin provides customers with hydraulic, pneumatic, and electromechanical motion control solutions and has a sales network of over 7500 distributors serving 400,000 customers worldwide.

Parker Hannifin has been present in China for over 20 years and established an office in the country in 1990. The company operates several factories in China, including Shanghai Dannison Hydraulic Parts Co., Ltd. (Parker Hannifin), Parker Hannifin Fluid Connector (Qingdao) Co., Ltd., Parker Sperm Pressure (Tianjin) Co., Ltd., Shanghai Gumei Sealing Products Factory, Wuxi Lekeli Factory, and others.

Parker Hannifin possesses extensive engineering expertise in a range of transmission and control technology areas, including aerospace, environmental control, electric machinery, filtration, fluid and gas processing, hydraulics, pneumatics, process control, and sealing and shielding.

Parker Hannifin China, established in the 1980s, is one of the first three foreign joint ventures established in China after the country opened up to foreign direct investment. With over 2,000 product lines in over 50 markets, the company provides nine technical solutions and services, including aerospace, environmental control, electromechanical, filtering, fluid and gas treatment, hydraulic, pneumatic, process control, and sealing.

Its product applications and solutions serve various industries, such as diesel engines, wind power generation, shipbuilding, marine exploration, steel, engineering machinery, high-speed railway, and factory automation. The company is headquartered in Shanghai.

9. Rexroth

Country: Germany

Founded1978

About the company:

As a world-renowned supplier of transmission and control technology, Bosch Rexroth is dedicated to providing efficient, powerful, and safe intelligent motion solutions for various machinery and system equipment. With extensive project experience in the fields of walking machinery applications, machinery engineering, and factory automation, the company uses its intelligent components, customized solutions, and services to create a perfect environment for the implementation of Industry 4.0.

In addition, Bosch Rexroth offers a variety of interfaces, including hydraulic, electronic transmission and control, gear, linear transmission, assembly technology, software, and the Internet of Things, to meet the diverse needs of its customers.

Since entering the Chinese market in 1978, the company has established production facilities in Beijing, Wujin, and Xi’an.

10. JEIPC

Country: China

Founded1999 

About the company:

Ningbo JEIPC is a well-known manufacturer of pneumatic components in China. The company was the first in the industry to receive ISO9001 quality system and CE certifications. It is also a director unit of the Pneumatic Branch of the China Hydraulic and Pneumatic Seal Industry Association and the president unit of the 4th Fenghua Pneumatic Industry Association.

Founded in 1999, Ningbo JEIPC has a modern garden factory covering 50,000 square meters, integrating research and development, production, procurement, materials, marketing, and office work. The factory employs over 360 people, with one-fourth of them being professional and technical management personnel.

The company has established the “Ningbo Jiaerling Pneumatic Mechanical Engineering Technology Center” and the “Zhejiang Provincial High-tech Enterprise Research and Development Center.” These centers are equipped with large-scale professional testing equipment, including three coordinate measuring instruments, three-dimensional projectors, high-precision flow testing platforms, and pneumatic component comprehensive testing platforms, providing the company with independent research and development and design capabilities.

Ningbo JEIPC uses top-notch CNC machine tools from both domestic and foreign sources, including full CNC machining centers and high-speed automatic lathes, as well as automatic assembly lines for pilot heads and solenoid valves. The company imports key seals, magnetic materials, and lubricating grease with original packaging from Japan or Germany.

With its perfect EP management system and advanced equipment, Ningbo JEIPC is able to produce 700,000 sets of pneumatic components and complete sets of equipment annually, guaranteeing high-quality products.

The company has played a leading role in the preparation and revision of 22 national and industrial standards, such as the “basic dimensions, installation dimensions, and accessory dimensions of cylinders with detachable pneumatic belts in diameters ranging from 32mm to 320mm.” It currently holds 48 invention patents, utility model patents, and appearance patents related to pneumatic technology.

JEIPC has provided solenoid valves for prominent projects such as the main stadium of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the “Water Cube Natatorium” water supply and drainage system, and the environmental protection recycling system for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

The company has a long-standing strategic partnership with Airtec, a renowned German manufacturer of pneumatic components, for joint product research and development, sales, processing technology, and employee training. JEIPC aims to be a “leading pneumatic force in China.”

Its products are not only popular in China but also exported to over 50 countries and regions, including Europe, the United States, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. JEIPC is known for being one of the earliest and largest exporters of pneumatic components and has earned a good reputation and high standing in the pneumatic industry.

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As the founder of MachineMFG, I have dedicated over a decade of my career to the metalworking industry. My extensive experience has allowed me to become an expert in the fields of sheet metal fabrication, machining, mechanical engineering, and machine tools for metals. I am constantly thinking, reading, and writing about these subjects, constantly striving to stay at the forefront of my field. Let my knowledge and expertise be an asset to your business.

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