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Yamazaki Mazak is building a European Technology Centre on the site of its European headquarters in Worcester.

The centre will welcome its first guests at an Opening Week event between 25 November and 1 December, 2009.

The showroom is designed to display the complete range of Mazak machine tools, from the smallest two-axis lathe to the largest most advanced Integrex e-Machines, as well as Mazak laser cutting machines.

Visitors to the ETC Opening Week event will see machine tools including the Quick Turn Smart Series for two- and three-axis turning; the Megaturn Nexus 900, a large-capacity, rigid, high-performance vertical turning centre; and the Slant Turn Nexus 550M.

Also on display will be the Integrex e-Ramtec for the machining of large parts, including deep inner diameter turning and milling using the ram spindle.

Visitors will also experience how multi-tasking machines offer increased productivity due to Mazak’s Done-in-One machining philosophy; how automation systems and factory management solutions will increase productivity; the Mazatrol Smart control and the Mazatrol Matrix.

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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