A&Z Engineering, which makes racing car gears, has won a legal battle against Yamazaki Machinery UK after one of its machines failed to do the job it was sold for.
After a seven-year battle, Yamazaki has agreed to pay £230,000 for breach of warranty and misrepresentation. It has been ordered to pay costs, which A&Z’s solicitor, Rowberry Morris, expects will bring the final bill to £400,000.
Vladimir Miljus, owner of the Caversham firm, bought a VQC 15/40 vertical machining centre with a twin pallet changer from Yamazaki Machinery in October 1989 at a cost of £82,000.
A&Z found the machine did not increase production to the speeds required.
Miljus sought legal assistance in 1992 and the matter went to court in 1994.
In May last year, Yamazaki was found to be liable and had to pay legal costs. Damages were agreed out of court last month, two days before a judge was due to decide.
`I went through absolute hell for almost seven years,’ said Miljus. `It is a major relief to have won my fight and to experience justice on the side of the little guy.’
Yamazaki said: `More than 700 machines have been sold, very many of which produce products similar to those made by A&Z.’