The Cartek Group is an automotive service equipment manufacturer and reseller made up of 10 international companies owned by a private venture capital group. We utilize our engineering company, Kodiak Engineering, to design cutting edge automotive wheel alignment machines using the expertise of renowned Swiss and US engineers. All alignment equipment is made in the USA employing our state of the art HAAS-Precision machining center and production facility in Kalamazoo Michigan. All materials machined for our alignment equipment are sourced in the USA through exclusive partnerships with major aluminum extruders and steel distributors.
The Cartek Group as it is known today has a rock solid foundation built upon the legacy of the Bear Wheel Alignment Company. We acquired the rights and assets of Bear in 1999 and have continued to make advancements in wheel alignment technology ever since. In 2009 we outgrew the Bear name and began developing and selling equipment under the brand name Cartek.
Below is a timeline of our heritage:
Wheel alignment was born. We created the first mechanical aligner in the world - the "Toe-In Bar Gauge as well as the First Camber - Caster Alignment Gauge.
By the mid-1930s Bear had established a North American branch network of factory shools. Numerous private schools also taught principles of wheel alignment and steering geometry.
Wheel balancing machine
We introduced the Toe System Projector. Shown above is driver Duke Nalon and his “Marks Special” positioned on Bear’s No. 90 wheel, steering, axle and frame alignment service rack.
We Introduced the first Electromechanical aligner (Telaligner)
The telatronic electrical Centerline Aligner is introduced.
We developed and introduced the First Computer Based Aligner - Dimension 4.
We developed and patented the CCD Technology in Wheel alignment.
Introduced a totally new Generation of Wireless Wheel Alignment systems based on Smart Machine Logic Technology : SML
Introduced the i-Mote wrist top alignment assistant.
Introduced the SBA Single Bay Alignment machine – the predecessor to the SML aligner.
Creation of our State-of-the-Art Haas Precision CNC and vertical manufacturing center.
We brought our innovative, unique design, Spider Clamps to the market.
We enhanced our SBA aligner with Heavy Duty Truck and Bus aligning capabilities.
Cartek is awarded the Patent for the MBA Multi-Bay Alignment system.
Introduced our high-end Cartek Robotics Wheel alignment system
Cartek is awarded the prestigious Innovation Award in the tire and wheel category for Cartek Robotics from Professional Tool and Equipment News magazine .