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Yamazaki Mazak has partnered with local environmental organisation, the Worcester Environmental Group (WEG), to recycle its leftover wooden packaging into houses and feeders for local wildlife.

Mazak partners with local environmental group to recycle spare packaging into homes for local wildlife

Yamazaki Mazak has partnered with local environmental organisation, the Worcester Environmental Group (WEG), to recycle its leftover wooden packaging into houses and feeders for local wildlife.

The manufacturer began donating wooden pallets from its European Manufacturing Plant in Worcester to the WEG following the group’s inception in June 2020. The volunteer-run organisation has since recycled the wood into bird boxes, bat boxes, hedgehog houses and feeding stations that have been used throughout Worcestershire to promote biodiversity and support the development and sustenance of local wildlife.

In a fitting culmination of the process, Mazak has also taken delivery of ten bird boxes which will be located throughout the manufacturer’s outdoor recreational and relaxation areas, ahead of the spring bird breeding season.

Paul Snookes, Co-founder of the WEG, commented: “Our birds need all the help they can get at this time of the year. There are not enough natural sites left in Worcester for birds to raise their young, so the bird boxes we make will provide a safe place to nest during the spring and summer. They are also great places for birds to roost in the colder months.

“Mazak is very much part of the fabric of the local Worcester community, and we were delighted when the company agreed to donate its excess wood. We have all come to appreciate our surroundings even more so over the past 12 months, and the partnership will go a long way towards helping us on our journey of educating the local community about the importance of biodiversity.”

Ben Thomas, Health, Safety, Environmental & Energy Manager at Yamazaki Mazak UK, added: “Mazak has always sought to ensure the company keeps its impact on the environment as low as possible. While we are certified to the ISO 50001 standard for Energy Management, and have implemented a broad range of sustainability initiatives in recent years, we will never stand still. Indeed, the events of 2020 have brought greater focus to environmental issues, so it is more important than ever before that we identify additional ways to improve overall sustainability in our operations.”

“As such, when we first came across the Worcester Environmental Group, we were immediately drawn to their cause. It’s actually quite a complicated process to dispose of pallets, so to be able to find a local and sustainable home for them solves a number of problems. It is fitting that some of the pallets have now come full circle in the form of new bird boxes for our garden areas, and I look forward to hopefully enjoying my breaks to the sound of birdsong over the coming months.”

The WEG is currently selling a variety of bird boxes for a small donation. To find out more, please visit:

Yamazaki Mazak Ltd

Yamazaki Mazak is the world’s largest manufacturer of computer controlled (CNC) metal-cutting machines. With over 260 different models, the Mazak product range includes CNC lathes, machining centres, multi-tasking machines and flexible manufacturing systems as well as laser processing machines.

Machine tools are called “Mother Machine” because they relate to the manufacturing of almost every product around us and are very important in supporting the base of “world manufacturing.” Our mission as a machine tool maker is to enrich people’s lives and contribute to society by developing and providing high performance machine tools that can produce high accuracy work in a short time.

We were among the first to start foreign production as a Japanese machine tool maker. Following the establishment of Mazak Corporation in the USA, we expanded our production base worldwide to include the UK, Singapore and China, as well as further expanding our Japanese manufacturing operations. We are the only machine tool maker to have established a global production system. With these local plants, we have been able to provide high quality service and have built strong relationships based on mutual trust with customers from all over the world.

True to the Yamazaki principle of supporting the customer locally, Mazak’s European Manufacturing plant, in Worcester UK, opened in June 1987 and was immediately recognised as the most advanced machine tool manufacturing plant in Europe. The factory has expanded three times since then and now offers over 29,000m2

This is a complete machine tool manufacturing plant. Mazak machines the components that go to make its spindles, turrets, tool magazines and Mazak even manufactures its own sheet metal covers. As with all Mazak manufacturing plants, the most rigorous practices and Kaizen programmes ensure continuous improvement.

Serving all of Europe’s markets, more than 80% of the machine tools built in Worcester are exported from the UK into Europe. More than 17,000 Mazak machines have been manufactured here so far and this number continues to grow every day.

Mazak European Manufacturing Plant is recognised for its factory automation, technology and overall management practices. Selected as one of the “Top Ten Companies in the World” by the Swedish Royal Academy of Science and Technology underscores this worldwide reputation.

As with all Mazak factories, this facility comprises a variety of flexible manufacturing systems, consisting of machining centres, multi-tasking CNC lathes, and a sheet metal FMS – all designed for unmanned operation.

The plant benefits from highly skilled employees who are committed to continuous improvement through the 25 “Kaizen” teams in operation.

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