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Following a series of major investments at its Worcester-based European Manufacturing Plant, Yamazaki Mazak has begun production of a number of models from its QUICK TURN series of high-performance turning centres.

The models include the QUICK TURN 350, 350MY and 350MSY models, and will take the total number of UK-made machine tools to eight, alongside the CV50-500, QUICK TURN 250M, VCN-430A, VTC-760C and VTC-800/30SR.

Previously manufactured at Mazak’s manufacturing facility in Minokamo, Japan, the QUICK TURN 350 series offers high performance turning from a compact footprint for demanding applications. Models now manufactured at Mazak’s Worcester site include the standard QUICK TURN 350 machine tool, as well as those with milling and Y-axis functionality, (MY), and milling, second spindle and Y-axis capability (MSY).

Mazak’s increased production capacity follows in the wake of a series of strategic investments over the past 24 months at the manufacturer’s flagship European production facility. These include the installation of a state-of-the-art twin-pallet VERSATECH V-140N/280 and FJV-60/80 double-column vertical machining centre in early 2021, along with two INTEGREX i-Series Multi-Tasking cells supported by RoboJob automation systems.

Following the reopening of its European Technology Centre, Mazak has also expanded 22-strong Applications Engineering team, with the addition of two new engineers, and unveiled a new 360° virtual showroom to increase accessibility for customers across the country.

Jason Butler, Sales Director – UK & Eire Sales & Service Division at Yamazaki Mazak, comments: “While the past 18 months have certainly been among the most challenging in living memory for UK manufacturing, Mazak’s strategic investment plan has remained undeterred. We are now seeing the benefits of focused spend throughout our European Manufacturing Plant, which has allowed us to increase the volume of models manufactured here by over a third.

“The QUICK TURN 350 series is an incredibly diverse family of machine tools, and closely aligned to the machining needs of both British and European machine tool users. We hope that by manufacturing the series here in the UK, we can increase both production capacity and speed of supply.”

Mr Butler concludes: “As society continues on its journey to fully reopening, our European Technology Centre also remains open to both existing customers and prospective machine tool buyers alike. For those unable to travel in person, we have also invested in a virtual ‘digital twin’ of the ETC, which will feature an interactive overview of all machines currently installed. This investment will remain in place for the long-term to give all customers the opportunity to see the latest technology for themselves irrespective of their location.”

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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