Punch Tools began in 1980 under the watchful eye of its founder Stan Noort. Stan always believed in listening to customers and over time this proved a successful strategy.
Starting out as a distributor of tool and die makers and industrial supplies, Punch Tools expertise grew to provide value added solutions – mainly complete punching assemblies including strip layout, punch and die manufacture and punch presses.
In 1992 Stan took on his partner Robert Farr. Robert’s vast industry experience and natural sales ability helped propel Punch Tools to the forefront of the metal stamping industry in Western Canada. Robert and Stan worked closely together over the next ten years delivering solutions that required Punch Tools to add tool & die manufacturing, metal stamping and parts assembly departments.
Then in 2002 Stan retired and passed the torch to Jim McKinlay. Jim helped take Punch Tools beyond the traditional geographical borders to new customers that can benefit from the years of practical experience Punch Tools staff accumulated. Now Robert, Jim and our talented team continue to provide solutions for our customers who need innovative ideas to bring their creations to life. From prototyping through to production runs our staff will work with you to deliver the best product.
Punch Tools began automating under the new ownership. We moved to design in 3D using SOLIDWORKS®. These designs helped to generate code for our new CNC department which has grown to 7 CNC mills, 3 CNC Lathes, 3 CNC press brakes, 4 wire EDMs, an EDM drill, and an EDM die sinker. This ongoing investment in modern equipment has helped us to stay competitive on the world stage.
In May 2021 after 29 years at Punch Tools Robert retired and sold his shares to Jim so he could continue with the excellent staff cultivated over the years.
Please take some time to look around our website for a solution or two. Drop us a line and let us know if you’ve found what you needed or if there is something eluding you. Punch Tools is located in beautiful Vancouver, BC Canada - rated as the number 1 city in the world by Economist Magazine.