Mississauga’s Lynch Fluid Controls Inc. has for a quarter-century, been a North American leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of hydraulic motion control manifolds, and integrated hydraulic systems.
President Ernie Lynch, Lynch Group of Companies and Chief Information Officer, son, Gavin, in the plant at their offices in Mississauga.
From its cutting-edge, 40,000-square-foot facility at 1799 Argentia Rd., Lynch supplies motion control to industries such as: automotive, aerospace, material handling, mining, logging, industrial, mobile equipment, plastics, medical, and even entertainment – from hit productions Miss Saigon, the Phantom of the Opera, Cirque de Soleil, to movies like Terminator 2 and Universal Studios’ productions. This kaleidoscope of business interest comes to a head in April when Lynch celebrates 25 years serving its growing list of customers.
“We sell into 48 countries, and have a goal of one hundred by 2020,” says president and CEO Ernie Lynch.
At present, exports account for approximately 30 percent of the firm’s total sales, and Lynch is eager to up that to 80 percent by 2020.
ISO 9001 and AS9100B certified, the Lynch Group of companies is divided into Lynch Fluid Controls Inc. (manufacturing and distributing for mobile and industrial markets), and Lynch Dynamics Inc. (design and manufacturing for the aerospace and medical industries).
Lynch’s exclusive distribution arrangement with the Florida-based Sun Hydraulics – a leading designer and maker of high performance screw-in hydraulic cartridge valves, and manifolds – has been the backbone of its manufacturing division. They’ve been able to take valve integration to a new level and are now suppliers to many well-recognized fluid power establishments and OEM’s.
“We’re the master integrator/distributor for Sun Hydraulics Corp,” explains Lynch.
“That’s a huge help, having that relationship with a publicly traded company on NASDAQ. We’re also a certified manufacturing partner with Sun Hydraulics.”
Ernie Lynch with a product Lynch Fluid Controls Inc.
Lynch provides complete and fully functional manifolds ready for the customer’s application – both from its standard product line, or customized to specifications. Lynch’s support of the customer includes conceptualization, engineering, component selection, 3D modeling/design, machining, assembly, documentation and validation. They have a marketing department and reseller location system in-house.
“We’re pretty self-sufficient,” says Ernie. Operating on a Just-In-Time basis, their cutting-edge, fully flexible manufacturing plant/warehouse runs “24 x 7, lights out.” The companies are heavily automated, and they’re in the process of integrating two new robotic cells, which manufacture a part every two minutes.
Lynch is so bullish on his companies’ prospects; $4 million was invested in infrastructure in 2011.
Explained Ernie, “We want to be able to compete with offshore production on a global basis, and the only way to do that is through automation, in order to be competitive, and advance the capability and ensure our place in the market.”
The Centennial College graduate (he received a 2011 Alumnus of Distinction), Ernie was working for other hydraulics firms when he observed that there were a few countries supplying the world, but none based in Canada.