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Mazak Corporation Cite Investments Supporting Strong Global Demand Print E-mail
Written by Jeeva   
Wednesday, 19 March 2008
Thanks to record customer acceptance and implementation of advanced machine tool technologies from Yamazaki Mazak Corporation, led by Multi-Tasking, 5-axis and process-integration strategies, the company is continuing global expansion at a steady pace.  Worldwide sales reached $2.165 billion for the 2007 fiscal year, a 19% increase from 2006.  Mazak’s philosophy has always been to manufacture machine tools in the major markets of the world and develop a closer relationship with local customers. Continuous investments in both people and manufacturing technology support that commitment.

Moreover, Mazak promises to deliver localized education, application, and service support through a growing network of Technology Centers. Now numbering (29) throughout the world’s strategic manufacturing markets, Mazak Technology Center expansion has been most notable here in North America. Within two years, Mazak’s National Technology Center on its Florence, KY headquarters campus has doubled in size and scope, with the founding of the Center for Multi-Tasking and Manufacturing Excellence and National Learning Center. New, full-function Technology Centers were opened in Hartford, Connecticut, to support the Northeastern United States and Cambridge, Ontario, to support all the Canadian provinces, bringing the total of Mazak’s North American Technology Centers to eight.

In Kentucky, Mazak’s U.S. manufacturing under the direction of Ben Schawe, Vice President of Manufacturing, is constantly changing. “Right now, we’re looking to increase production,” Schawe says. “We already have Production-On-Demand, our pull-through manufacturing system. We’re evolving now to High Production-On-Demand. Our goal is to maintain the same excellent quality, the same efficiency, yet increase the number of machines we’re producing in Kentucky for U.S. customers and for export.”

A major portion of the manufacturing investment in Kentucky for 2007 and 2008 is the phased installation of Mazak Versatech V-100 and V-140 five-axis, double-column machining centers with two-pallet changers. New Versatech technology features a nutating head combining B- and C-axis rotary motions capable of 50-horsepower cuts on virtually any angle, delivering a 50% productivity improvement.  Mazak will utilize the large (433” X 181” X 76”, 95,000 lbs) capacity for machining bases, columns, and other large machine members.

“One of the things we pride ourselves on is using the latest in Mazak manufacturing technology to make the latest advanced Mazak machine tools,” Schawe continues. “We’re doing that right now and always plan to do more.”

Elsewhere in the world, Mazak has opened a second factory in Minokamo, Japan, devoted to production of the highly successful Nexus II series CNC Turning, Vertical, and Horizontal Machining Centers. This new plant will free up capacity at Mazak’s Oguchi, Seiko, and Minokamo Plant 1 facilities, reducing lead times for Multi-Axis and Multi-Tasking machines, key technologies for customer competitiveness.

Additional investments in expansion are being made outside of Japan. The factory in China has doubled in factory floor space and our factories in the UK and Singapore are undergoing capacity improvements as well. In all, Yamazaki Mazak’s global manufacturing operations stand at more than four million square feet among eight factories in five countries.

Impacted by an ever-increasing base of installed machines as well as regular new product introductions, Mazak’s North American Parts Center in Florence, KY received new investments as well. At its heart is a state-of-the-art AS/RS capable of handling up to 50,000 repair part numbers. Our parts call center has been strengthened with an integrated order entry system and additional parts specialists. And our module exchange program has expanded to not only include remanufactured spindles, but ATC’s, tool turrets, and more. As a result, we can continue to ship 97% of parts orders within 24 hours for every Mazak machine ever installed in North America.

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