Company Profile

Formtool Precision Engineering is based in Howick, Auckland, New Zealand. First established in 1972, the company has been owned by directors Rodney and Iris Ewing since 2003.
The company has built its reputation on supplying custom ground, precision tooling to the steel processing and other manufacturing industries. We employ highly experienced staff, many with a lifetime of experience in precision tool grinding. The workshop is equipped with high precision grinders and measuring equipment to ensure correct profiles and cutting angles are produced. By using only the highest quality tool stock combined with our experience in the specialised field of tool grinding, our cutting tools frequently outperform and outlast our competitors’ tools. One off, short run and prototype tooling is a speciality.
Our workshop is also equipped with a precision CNC lathe and CNC machining centre for manufacturing tool holders, arbors, machine components and general production machining.
Close involvement with the supply of tooling to our local reinforcing bar manufacturers has seen us develop re-bar notching tools that are now sold worldwide. Our fast turnaround and international courier service means that tooling can be delivered to your door within very competitive timeframes.
For all your specialised tooling and precision engineering requirements, contact Formtool Precision Engineering today.


Staff Profiles

Rodney Ewing - Managing Director

Rodney was born in New Zealand and trained as a saw doctor in the woodworking industry, learning the art of sharpening both high speed steel and tungsten carbide saw blades and cutting tools.
He left New Zealand to gain more experience and met his future wife Iris while in London, England.
Returning to New Zealand he worked as tool grinder before taking a position at Accord Industries where he was responsible for maintaining and developing cutting tools for their ferrous and non-ferrous CNC machinery. Rodney than took on a workshop managers position in the tool sharpening industry.
Rodney purchased Formtool Engineering in 2004 and has built up the company by using his tooling experience and focussing on providing custom made high quality tooling and engineering services to niche industries.

Iris Ewing - Financial Director

Iris was born in Germany and had a background in both sales and business administration before emigrating to New Zealand. Positions with Bosch, Hafele and Sky City gave her experience in procurement, data analysis, and business management. Iris not only manages the financial and administration roles at Formtool but also provides business consultancy services, specialising in data analysis, IT implementation, documentation, training and support, to find out more about Portland Business Services click here. Iris is currently completing an advanced qualification in business management.