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Tony Creamer, General Sales Manager – Northern Region at Yamazaki Mazak.

Yamazaki Mazak has unveiled a new structure to its Northern sales division as it continues its investment in helping customers recover and adapt to new market conditions.

The new structure will stretch from the Scottish border down to and including Warwickshire, as well as the entirety of Wales. It will be overseen by General Sales Manager – Northern Region, Tony Creamer, and individual territories will be managed by five highly experienced Area Sales Managers.

With well over a century’s worth of combined expertise and knowledge of the UK machine tool industry, the team will comprise of:

  • Mark Ireland – Cumbria, Durham & Northumberland
  • Joe Trozzo – Yorkshire
  • Karl Hargreaves – Cheshire, Lancashire & Merseyside
  • Stephen Bower – Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire & East Staffordshire
  • Neil Coggins – Shropshire, Warwickshire, West Staffordshire & Wales

Customers in the region will continue to be supported by Mazak’s extensive network of 30+ Field Service Engineers, and 22-strong Applications Engineering Department which benefits from a combined 200 years of experience.

The new structure is the latest in a series of investments by Mazak in its UK operations, following an extensive internal training and upskilling programme, as well as a number of new installations at its European Technology Centre (ETC) in Worcester. The ETC, which reopened in July, remains a COVID-secure facility, and is open to all visitors provided appointments are made in advance.

Tony Creamer, General Sales Manager – Northern Region, commented: “Having worked for Yamazaki Mazak for nearly 17 years, many of which were spent supporting customers across the North of England, I’m delighted to assume responsibility for the region. It’s an area where British manufacturing has long thrived, and while the industry as a whole is currently navigating its way through a challenging year, the resilience and determination I have witnessed from our customers is incredibly encouraging.”

Alan Mucklow, Managing Director UK & Ireland Sales & Service Division, added: “The day-to-day impact of COVID-19 is still with us, but we have sensed in recent weeks a new, positive mood amongst manufacturers; a willingness to really start planning for the future.

“With this in mind, we have devised a new structure which will enable us to best serve our customers in the North of England and Wales. Our five-strong team of Area Sales Managers boast a wealth of sector-specific engineering expertise aligned to the industries that have powered the North for many years, and we believe they are well placed to help our customers continue on their road to recovery.”

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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