Mazak Newsroom

June 2019

May 2019

Mazak releases dates for ‘Manufacturing Solutions’ Open House

Yamazaki Mazak has released dates for its specialist ‘Manufacturing Solutions NOW’ Open House in June at its European Technology Centre in Worcester. The Open House, which will run from the 11th to 13th June and will include 22 machines in total, will focus on entry-level machines, Siemens control and laser-cutting; and feature guest talks from representatives from McLaren Applied Technologies and Concorde.

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April 2019

5-axis machining – an overview

Mark Hall, part of Mazak’s European Product Group, answers some of the most commonly asked customer questions about 5-axis machining.

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Mazak inspires next generation of engineers with innovative CNC puzzle at key STEM exhibition

Yamazaki Mazak reaffirmed its commitment to the next generation of engineers with a third consecutive appearance at the Get Up To Speed with STEM (GUTS) event, held at the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham, on 27th March. GUTS, which is in its ninth year, aims to highlight the broad opportunities available to young people in the North of England who are keen on exploring a future career in the engineering and manufacturing sector.

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Mazak celebrates 10 years of success with European Technology Centre

Yamazaki Mazak will celebrate a decade of success for its European Technology Centre (ETC) in 2019. The state-of-the-art facility, which is located at its European Manufacturing Plant in Worcester, first opened its doors in 2009, and has seen in excess of 33,000 visitors walk through its doors in that time. The 2900m2 facility is home to a regularly-changing line-up of CNC machine tools and laser processing machines from Mazak’s extensive portfolio. It is often the first place in the UK customers can see the company’s new models once they have been launched.

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March 2019

Maintenance – the third factor in laser machine choice

Laser maintenance schedules are an important factor in the choice of a laser machine. Ian Goodwin, from Mazak’s laser service team, outlines the service and inspection process and contrasts the difference between maintaining a CO2 and a fibre laser machine.

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February 2019

Pryme Group House

Pryme Group is a relatively new name, but armed with an engineering track record going back 40 years, it is shaking up the UK’s market for contract manufacturing services. The North East of England has always been a hotbed of subcontract manufacturing. However, in recent years, a new name has been shaking the market up, namely Pryme Group, whose rise has been nothing short of meteoric.

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Types of sheet metal laser cutting

The market for sheet metal laser cutting machines has developed rapidly in recent years, with new types of machines being marketed by sheet metal laser cutting manufacturers, that are revolutionising the laser cutting process and the choices that users can make.

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Lathe Tools Explained | CNC Lathes | Mazak UK

What is a lathe? A lathe is a machine tool that rotates, or turns, the metal workpiece around an axis of rotation, with tools applied to cut the metal and form a final symmetrical part or component. Modern lathes are usually computer numerically controlled (CNC) in which the lathe’s operations are programmed by an operator.

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Yamazaki Mazak Corporation Announces Leadership Transition

Manufacturing technology leader Yamazaki Mazak Corporation has announced that President Tomohisa Yamazaki will become the company’s Chairman, while Vice President Takashi Yamazaki has been named the new President.

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Mazak releases dates for ‘Manufacturing Solutions’ Open House

Yamazaki Mazak has released dates for its specialist ‘Manufacturing Solutions NOW’ Open House in June at its European Technology Centre in Worcester. The Open House, which will run from the 11th to 13th June and will include 22 machines in total, will focus on entry-level machines, Siemens control and laser-cutting; and feature guest talks from representatives from McLaren Applied Technologies and Concorde.

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5-axis machining – an overview

Mark Hall, part of Mazak’s European Product Group, answers some of the most commonly asked customer questions about 5-axis machining.

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Mazak inspires next generation of engineers with innovative CNC puzzle at key STEM exhibition

Yamazaki Mazak reaffirmed its commitment to the next generation of engineers with a third consecutive appearance at the Get Up To Speed with STEM (GUTS) event, held at the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham, on 27th March. GUTS, which is in its ninth year, aims to highlight the broad opportunities available to young people in the North of England who are keen on exploring a future career in the engineering and manufacturing sector.

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Mazak celebrates 10 years of success with European Technology Centre

Yamazaki Mazak will celebrate a decade of success for its European Technology Centre (ETC) in 2019. The state-of-the-art facility, which is located at its European Manufacturing Plant in Worcester, first opened its doors in 2009, and has seen in excess of 33,000 visitors walk through its doors in that time. The 2900m2 facility is home to a regularly-changing line-up of CNC machine tools and laser processing machines from Mazak’s extensive portfolio. It is often the first place in the UK customers can see the company’s new models once they have been launched.

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Maintenance – the third factor in laser machine choice

Laser maintenance schedules are an important factor in the choice of a laser machine. Ian Goodwin, from Mazak’s laser service team, outlines the service and inspection process and contrasts the difference between maintaining a CO2 and a fibre laser machine.

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Pryme Group House

Pryme Group is a relatively new name, but armed with an engineering track record going back 40 years, it is shaking up the UK’s market for contract manufacturing services. The North East of England has always been a hotbed of subcontract manufacturing. However, in recent years, a new name has been shaking the market up, namely Pryme Group, whose rise has been nothing short of meteoric.

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Types of sheet metal laser cutting

The market for sheet metal laser cutting machines has developed rapidly in recent years, with new types of machines being marketed by sheet metal laser cutting manufacturers, that are revolutionising the laser cutting process and the choices that users can make.

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Lathe Tools Explained | CNC Lathes | Mazak UK

What is a lathe? A lathe is a machine tool that rotates, or turns, the metal workpiece around an axis of rotation, with tools applied to cut the metal and form a final symmetrical part or component. Modern lathes are usually computer numerically controlled (CNC) in which the lathe’s operations are programmed by an operator.

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Mazak brings latest generation 5-axis machining to Autosport & Southern Manufacturing

Yamazaki Mazak will be exhibiting its INTEGREX i-400S Multi-Tasking machining centre at the upcoming Autosport Engineering and Southern Manufacturing 2019 exhibitions. The i-400S features a large 1500mm machining bed with a completely new design offering higher performance machining and greater workpiece capacity than any other multi-tasking machines in its size range.

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Mazak Apprentices Enjoy Award-Winning Night

Yamazaki Mazak apprentices celebrated a series of wins at the 2018 Worcestershire Group Training Association (WGTA) Annual Awards evening. The event, which showcases those that have excelled over the last 12 months, was held on Wednesday 14th November at Sixways Stadium in Worcester. Three Mazak apprentices picked up individual awards at the ceremony.

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Heavyweight manufacturing

The global gym equipment market is expected to be worth $1bn by 2023. Once dominated by the USA, one British manufacturer has spent the last 20 years working from an industrial estate in rural Somerset and established itself as one of the world’s premier manufacturers of high-end gym and personal fitness equipment.

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Mazak recognised for Environmental Best Practice

Yamazaki Mazak UK is proud to announce it has won the SILVER Environment Award at The International Green Apple Awards, for its efforts to reduce single use plastic cups at its European Manufacturing Plant in Worcester. The national campaign by The Green Organisation recognises and rewards the greenest individuals, companies, councils and communities in the country, and winners were announced this month at a ceremony hosted by Liz Kendall MP at the Houses of Parliament.

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Mazak chosen for UK government flagship 5G factory initiative

Yamazaki Mazak has been chosen as one of a select few UK companies to act as a ‘testbed’ for the deployment of next-generation 5G technology, with a view to improving commercial digital infrastructures and ultimately boosting productivity across the UK industrial sector. 5G is set to become the industry standard for connectivity in the future. With potential speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second, it could allow for industrial automation systems to operate at as-yet-unseen speeds, as well as increase the speed of real-time analysis, meaning quicker reactions to any red flags and reduced downtime.

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Yamazaki Mazak brings 5-axis efficiency to Cromwell Live

Yamazaki Mazak is proud to be supporting Cromwell Live. As a key strategic partner to Cromwell, the event provides Mazak with an opportunity to showcase its state-of-the-art machining technology in the form of the VARIAXIS j-600/5X vertical machining centre.

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Mazak takes five lasers and two automation solutions to EuroBLECH

Yamazaki Mazak is taking five state-of-the-art laser cutting machines and two automation solutions to EuroBLECH 2018. The standout machine is a new model of the OPTIPLEX 3015 6kW DDL (Direct Diode Laser), a high-speed and high-accuracy machine that offers laser users a step-change in cutting performance.

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McLaren expands in-house machining resource with trio of new Mazaks

Yamazaki Mazak has supplied a further three machines to the McLaren Formula 1 team, as part of its ongoing role as the team’s Official Supplier of CNC machine tools.

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Mazak takes five lasers and two automation solutions to EuroBLECH

Yamazaki Mazak is taking five state-of-the-art laser cutting machines and two automation solutions to EuroBLECH 2018.

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Mazak gears up for charity bonanza to raise funds for Cancer Research UK

Mazak gears up for charity bonanza to raise funds for Cancer Research UK Yamazaki Mazak is gearing up for a serious summer of charity as it aims to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. The machine tool manufacturer, which is located in Badgeworth Drive and employees over 900 people in the Worcester area, will be running a number of initiatives throughout the summer as it aims to raise a four-figure sum to support those who have been affected by cancer. Taking place on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd August, Mazak will be holding its biggest ever charity cake sale, with two of the company’s corporate catering partners donating over 600 cakes to the cause.

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Mazak promotes ‘small but powerful’ PRIMOS to UK machine users

Yamazaki Mazak is ramping up the promotion of its PRIMOS range of machines for UK machine users.

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Yamazaki Mazak names ScotMaz as sole agent for laser in Scotland

Machine tool agents ScotMaz will be taking over the sole representation of Yamazaki Mazak laser machines in Scotland.

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Yamazaki Mazak set to open new Machine Tool Museum in 2019

Yamazaki Mazak is set to open its own historic Machine Tool Museum on the 100th anniversary of its founding.

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Speaker highlight from AutomatiON 2018 event

See one of our guest speakers John Hyde talking to MTDCNC, at our AutomatiON event held in June:

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Advanced machining with Advanced Engineering

Advanced Engineering (UK) Ltd, is a niche rapid prototype company, based in Birmingham. For over 40 years, the company has provided quality and cost-effective subcontract engineering services, with a specific track record in automotive and motorsport.

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Achieve unrivalled cutting accuracy with 4kW Mazak 3D laser

Yamazaki Mazak’s 4kW laser processing machine tool is capable of cutting large structural materials, such as pipe or tube, up to a maximum length of 8,000mm. With options available up to more than 15,000mm, the 3D FABRI GEAR III is ideal for cutting long and heavy tube used in the construction industry, such as building structures, heating and ventilation systems, along with machinery applications including cranes and agricultural machinery.

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Unrivalled productivity with Mazak horizontal machining solution

Yamazaki Mazak’s latest horizontal machining solution, the HCN-5000, is equipped with a high capacity MPP500 automation system, specifically designed to facilitate unmanned lights out running and unrivalled productivity and workability.

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Mazak’s new Inabe plant goes into operation

Yamazaki Mazak has announced the completion of the first construction phase and the start of assembly operations at its new Inabe Plant, in Inabe city, in the Mie prefecture.

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5-axis machining centre for the aerospace market

Yamazaki Mazak’s high-power full 5-axis horizontal machining centre with a unique tilting rotary table is specifically designed to meet the high-speed aluminium cutting challenges synonymous with the aerospace industry.

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Mazak Direct Diode Laser machine to revolutionise sheet metal-cutting

Direct Diode Laser (DDL) from Yamazaki Mazak is a world-first technology that can revolutionise flat sheet metal-cutting applications.

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Mazak focuses on subcontractors with diverse machine display at MACH 2018

General subcontractors will find be interested to see a range of new machines and automation equipment on the Mazak stand at MACH 2018, all capable of improving machine shop productivity and efficiency.

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Mazak supports resurgent offshore industry with range of high-capacity Multi-Tasking solutions at MACH

Following the promising signs of resurgence within the UK’s oil and gas industry, Mazak will be bringing a number of productivity-enhancing solutions to MACH for subcontractors in the energy sector.

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Mazak to showcase Hybrid manufacturing solution for the repair of high-value parts at MACH 2018

Yamazaki Mazak will be bringing its latest development in Hybrid manufacturing technology for subcontractors, the VARIAXIS j-600/5X AM, to MACH 2018.

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MACH highlights

See video highlights from our stand courtesy of MTDCNC, at this year's MACH by clicking on the links below:

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Mazak brings versatility to the fore with compact vertical machining centre

Offering unrivalled flexibility for general subcontracting and high-end OEM applications alike, Mazak’s VTC-530C represents a compact vertical machining solution which can adapt to variety of metal-cutting demands.

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Mazak expands 5-axis multi-tasking range to include Siemens

Yamazaki Mazak has expanded its control offering for its popular 5-axis machining centers, the VARIAXIS i-500 and the VARIAXIS i-600, to accommodate customers that have standardised on Siemens controls.

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Mazak launches entry level automation cell for turning applications

Yamazaki Mazak has unveiled a new ‘plug and play’ turning centre and robotic machine tending solution for the subcontract market, the QUICK TURN 250MY and TA-12.

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Mazak showcases range of high volume automotive solutions at MACH

Yamazaki Mazak is showcasing a range of machines ideally suited to high volume automotive manufacturing applications at MACH 2018. All of the machines are highly flexible and capable of machining a range of automotive components whilst offering outstanding productivity and quality.

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Mazak to display trio of turnkey automation solutions at MACH

Yamazaki Mazak will be bringing three productivity-enhancing machine tending solutions to MACH 2018, to demonstrate how manufacturers across the UK can drive tangible productivity benefits from turnkey automation solutions.

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Mazak highlights aerospace capabilities at MACH 2018

The UK’s aerospace sector and its supply chain will benefit from a range of new machining solutions being exhibited on the Mazak stand at MACH 2018. Mazak will be displaying a collection of machines, specifically developed for the aerospace sector and all capable of reaching new heights of production capability.

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Two new Siemens machines

Yamazaki Mazak has revealed its latest alternative CNC option for those manufacturers who have standardised on Siemens control.

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HRH Prince of Wales honours Mazak with Industrial Cadets Top Employer award

Yamazaki Mazak has been awarded Employer of the Year at the 2018 Industrial Cadets Awards, beating the likes of Airbus, the RAF, Airbus and Tata Consultancy Services to the accolade.

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Mazak Hybrid Multi-Tasking machines

Capable of both additive and subtractive manufacturing operations, the new VARIAXIS j-600/5X AM is the latest addition to the Yamazaki Mazak’s suite of Hybrid Multi-Tasking machines.

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Enhanced productivity with Mazak’s vertical machining centres

Yamazaki Mazak launches two new veritical machining centres for the European market, specifically targeted at the subcontracting manufacturer.

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Key CECIMO role for Marcus Burton

Marcus Burton becomes chairman of the Market Intelligence Committee of CECIMO.

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Mazak Partnership Passed from one Generation to the Other

At just 13 years old, Sam Groves who is Adrian's eldest son, is the fourth generation to be involved with the family business. He is already immersed in metal-cutting.

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Mazak apprentice targets 2018 drag racing success

Yamazaki Mazak apprentice, Jas Cordelle, is targeting drag bike racing success in the 2018 season starting in March.

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Mazak puts productivity to the fore with sector-led MACH stand

Yamazaki Mazak is set to showcase 13 productivity-enhancing solutions from its world-class portfolio of machine tool and laser-cutting machines, as part of a MACH stand dedicated to maximising efficiency for machine users across all areas of the UK’s manufacturing landscape.

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Mazak for Siemens users

Yamazaki Mazak has revealed its latest alternative CNC option for those manufacturers who have standardised on Siemens control. Mazak’s latest machine to feature a Siemens CNC is its VTC-760C vertical travelling column machining centre, which is controlled by the new Siemens 828D control.

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Southern Manufacturing

Yamazaki Mazak is set to showcase the latest addition to its 5-axis range of hybrid machining centres at Southern Manufacturing 2018 (FIVE Farnborough, 6-8 February). The VARIAXIS j-600/5X AM, which made its European debut at EMO, employs a Wire-Arc AM (Additive Manufacturing) head on a 5-axis vertical machining centre to enable high-speed additive and subtractive manufacturing on one combined platform.

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Sheet Metal 4.0 event to take place at Mazak

A number of leading suppliers from across the UK sheet metal industry are set to host an event dedicated to new technology and specifically the implementation of Industry 4.0, at Yamazaki Mazak’s European Technology Centre, Worcester.

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Mazak to bring taste of EMO to UK customers with dedicated Open House

Yamazaki Mazak has announced the date for its EMO Encore Open House which offers UK machine users the opportunity to see first-hand the latest technology debuted in Hannover.

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Mazak supplies six machines to Renault Sport Formula One Team

For the 2017 season, Yamazaki Mazak has supplied six state-of-the-art machines tools to Renault Sport Formula One Team.

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Yamazaki Mazak shows its support for Collaborate to Innovate Awards

Yamazaki Mazak is proud to be involved once again with this year’s Collaborate to Innovate Awards and Conference, which sets out to showcase the best examples of engineering collaboration in the industry.

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Mazak strengthens operations team with new Production Director

Yamazaki Mazak has promoted Stuart Astley to Production Director, where he has assumed responsibility for the running of the company’s European Manufacturing Plant in Worcester.

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Mazak Expands Service Team to Broaden After-Sales Support

Customers can now take further comfort from Yamazaki Mazak’s increased investment in its ultimate after-sales support, with the announcement of eight new service engineers.

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UB Racing clinches second at Formula Student in eighth year with Mazak

The University of Birmingham student racing team has come second in the 2017 Formula Student UK competition – the best performance in the team’s 20-year history – beating a host of UK and international rivals from the 75-strong field. 2017 also saw the continuation of UB Racing’s partnership with Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd, which has supplied a number of machined parts to be used on the team’s competitive racing vehicle for the eighth-successive year.

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Mazak announces new dual role for its South West Laser Sales Manager

Yamazaki Mazak’s Area Laser Sales Manager for the South West area, Aaron Manchester, has now assumed responsibility for machine tool sales in the Berkshire and Avon region, as part of a newly-created dual role to support both laser and machine tool customers in the South West.

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Mazak brings latest 5-axis technology to Northern Manufacturing 2017

Yamazaki Mazak will be displaying its state-of-the-art VARIAXIS j-500/5X 5-axis machining centre at this year’s Northern Manufacturing & Electronics exhibition.

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Swarf and Chips - Mazak show

Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd took over the MTD CNC Swarf and Chips show. Throughout the show we discuss Mazak's latest additive manufacturing technology, the VORTEX machine range, their Tooltech system, the SMOOTH control and multi axis machining in general. Other highlights include a look at the latest Laser machine innovations with Ian White and talking about Projects and Applications with Lawrence McCann. We conclude this week's show publicising Mazak's latest promotional campaign.

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Mazak to unveil full Industry 4.0 solution at EMO 2017

Industry 4.0 will be placed at the centre of Yamazaki Mazak’s EMO 2017 stand with the unveiling of the company’s iSmart factory concept along with 25 new machines, including 15 making their world debuts. The iSmart factory concept utilises Mazak’s Industry 4.0 infrastructure which enables machine users to make the vital step-up from automated cell manufacturing to a completely connected Industry 4.0 factory of the future.

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Mazak Shortlisted for Industrial Cadets Employer of the Year

Yamazaki Mazak’s commitment to work experience students has been recognised at the recent Inaugural Industrial Cadets Awards ceremony. Taking place on March 2nd at the IET in London, Yamazaki Mazak was shortlisted for ‘Employer of the Year’ – whittled down to the top four companies, from a list of 24. Other shortlisted companies included Nissan, Airbus and Akzo Nobel.

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Mazak to help next generation ‘Get up to Speed’ with CNC programming challenge

Yamazaki Mazak is proud to take part in the 2017 Get Up to Speed (GUTS) Engineering and Manufacturing event at the Magna Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham, on 26th April. The event, which is in its seventh year, is aimed at profiling the broad opportunities available to young people in the North of England who are keen on exploring a future career in the engineering and manufacturing sectors.

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Mazak appoints Richard Smith as new European Group Managing Director

Yamazaki Mazak has appointed Richard Smith as its new European Group Managing Director. He takes over from Marcus Burton who will remain with the company in a new Non-Executive role. Mr Smith, who will take up his new role in April, will have responsibility for all of Mazak’s operations in Europe, including the manufacturing operations in the UK.

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Mazak launches new materials handling solution for UK laser market

Yamazaki Mazak has enhanced its laser automation offering for the UK market following the introduction of a new materials handling solution. First unveiled at EuroBLECH 2016, Mazak’s new QUICK CELL laser automation technology is ideal for volume production operations and is available in three different specifications, a 6-pallet, 10-pallet and 14-pallet variants.

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Mazak announces record laser sales year in 2016

Yamazaki Mazak has announced a record year in 2016 for sales of laser machines in the UK. The company says that the record year has been driven by a combination of new products and the recent formation of a dedicated UK laser sales team. The growth has been achieved across a variety of sectors, with particularly strong performance in construction and general subcontracting.

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McLaren-Honda extends exclusive machine tool partnership with Mazak

McLaren-Honda has further extended its contract with Yamazaki Mazak, ensuring the manufacturer continues in its role as the sole Official Supplier of CNC machine tools to the McLaren-Honda Formula One team. Mazak has supplied the team for 18 years, and currently has a total of 33 machines installed at the McLaren Technology Centre in Surrey, including multi-tasking and multi-axis machines from the INTEGREX and VARIAXIS series.

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Mazak makes major investment in UK manufacturing

Yamazaki Mazak has signalled a renewed commitment to growing its UK manufacturing presence with a major investment at its European manufacturing plant in Worcester. As part of a programme to increase manufacturing capacity at the Worcester plant, the company has invested in two new VERSATECH machining centres, which are manufactured in Mazak’s Japanese manufacturing facilities. The VERSATECH machines will be used to precision machine the cast-iron beds used on all the machine tools manufactured at the Worcester plant.

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Industrial Cadets

During October 2016, we were delighted to welcome our first all-female Industrial Cadets group courtesy of RGS Worcester. Inspired by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, the Industrial Cadets scheme enables young people to gain an insight into how businesses operate and how it draws direct links with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects in particular.

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Southern Manufacturing

Yamazaki Mazak will be showcasing its latest generation 5-axis multi-tasking machine, the VARIAXIS j-500/5X, at Southern Manufacturing 2017. The state-of-the-art machining centre combines a compact footprint with the ability to offer simultaneous 5-axis machining across multiple surfaces, making it ideal for the variety of volume, small batch or prototype work commonly undertaken in the subcontracting sector.

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The laser revolution

Yamazaki Mazak had a strong showing at this year's EuroBLECH new laser cutting and automation systems making their world debuts, including a new Direct Diode Laser (DDL) cutting system.

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Mazak powers to Autosport with new VARIAXIS 5-axis machine

Yamazaki Mazak is powering to Autosport Engineering 2017 with one of its latest generation of 5-axis multi-tasking machines. The company will be exhibiting a state-of-the-art VARIAXIS j-500/5X 5-axis machining centre which combines a compact footprint with the ability to offer simultaneous 5-axis machining across multiple surfaces, making it ideal for automotive applications involving volume, small batch or prototype work.

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Mazak plans laser revolution at EuroBLECH 2016

Yamazaki Mazak is planning a revolution at EuroBLECH 2016 with new laser machines and automation systems making their world debuts. Taking pride of place is the new SUPER TURBO-X 3015 Fiber series, the latest generation of the highly popular SUPER TURBO-X series of CO2 laser machines, that have sold more than 4,000 units across Europe since 1990.

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Mazak takes 12 machines to AMB 2016

Yamazaki Mazak is taking 12 machines to AMB 2016 in Stuttgart, exhibiting the full breadth of its machine range and latest generation SMOOTH Technology, incorporating the world’s fastest CNC. The Mazak stand will be themed ‘It’s all about you’ in recognition of the company’s continued focus on developing machines which solve specific machining challenges faced by its customers. The Mazak stand will showcase horizontal and vertical machining centres, 5-axis machines, turning centres, a new machine from its entry-level range and, for the first time at a German show, all three variants of the company’s new SMOOTH Technology, namely SmoothX, SmoothG and SmoothC controls.

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True Precision

A continued investment in both people and machines is making Truturn Precision Engineering into the subcontractor to watch in the South West. “We’ve grown from very humble beginnings,” says Bob Wilkins, General Manager at Truturn Precision Engineering, “and we’ve a strong strategy going forward.” Mr Wilkins is confident about the Truturn business, in part because he has overseen significant investment in recent years that has laid the groundwork for future growth.

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Smooth growth

From the humble beginnings of a small machine shop set up by one man in his spare evenings, Altec Engineering has steadily grown alongside its customer base to become a one-stop-shop for precision engineering. Founded in 1978 by Ron Waite MBE, a technician at Durham University, Altec Engineering started off with just a lathe, pedestal drill and milling machine in a small abattoir in Coxhoe, just south of Durham. Fast forward nearly 40 years, and after an MBO and significant capital injection, as well as a £6m investment from the Business Growth Fund, Altec Engineering now turns over £15.5m and employs nearly 200 people, making it a true manufacturing force to be reckoned with.

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AMB preview

Yamazaki Mazak is taking 12 machines to AMB 2016 in Stuttgart, exhibiting the full breath of its machine range and new SMOOTH Technology, the world’s fastest CNC. The Mazak stand, which is themed ‘It’s all about you’ in recognition of the company’s continued focus on developing machines which solve specific machining challenges faced by its customers. The Mazak stand will showcase horizontal and vertical machining centres, 5-axis machines, turning centres, a new machine from its entry-level range and, for the first time at a German show, all three variants of the company’s new SMOOTH Technology, namely SmoothX, SmoothG and SmoothC control.

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Express invests in the future with new Mazak machine

Express Oil and Gas has made a bold statement of confidence in the future with further investment at its Gateshead facility. The Team Valley-based company has acquired an additional Mazak INTEGREX i-400 multi-tasking machine tool which will form part of a new manufacturing cell producing valve components for the oil and gas sector. The new machine will combine the operations of two existing machines into a single process, offering an immediate and significant production improvement.

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Mazak extends entry-level range with two new machines

Yamazaki Mazak has extended its range of entry-level machines with two new turning centres designed for machine users demanding high quality at an affordable price. The new QUICK TURN COMPACT (QTC) and QUICK TURN PRIMOS (QTP) are both aimed at the general subcontracting market, specifically those subcontractors involved in small to medium size manufacturing operations. There are optional variants for each machine type, which should ensure that the correct choice of machine specification is much quicker for customers, with resulting shorter lead times.

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TUBE 2016

Yamazaki Mazak is gearing up for Tube Düsseldorf with two state-of-the-art laser cutting machines ideally suited to tube and pipe cutting applications. The Mazak stand, situated in Hall 6 stand number E20, will showcase the company’s largest laser 3D cutting machine, the 3D FABRI GEAR 220 II, alongside the SPACE GEAR 510 MK II, an all-in-one 2D/3D laser processing machine.

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MACH 2016

Yamazaki Mazak is planning its greatest ever MACH show with its biggest ever stand hosting a total of 13 machines at the 2016 exhibition. From entry-level machines, through to 5-axis, horizontal machining centres and lasers, the Mazak stand will showcase the finest machines across the entire Mazak range, many of them equipped with state-of-the-art SMOOTH Technology, the world’s fastest CNC.

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2015 record order intake for Mazak UK

Yamazaki Mazak is reporting a record order intake in 2015, driven by strong growth across all machine types

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Mazak brings multi-tasking and SMOOTH Technology to Autosport

Yamazaki Mazak will be giving debuts to its latest INTEGREX multi-tasking machine and its revolutionary SMOOTH Technology at Autosport Engineering 2016. Mazak will be exhibiting a new INTEGREX i-200ST, which offers a higher performance and greater workpiece capacity than any other multi-tasking machine in its class. The i-200ST is equipped with 5,000 rpm main and secondary spindles and a 12,000 rpm milling spindle, making it ideal for DONE-IN-ONE machining.

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Mazak brings latest INTEGREX to Southern Manufacturing

Yamazaki Mazak will be showcasing its new INTEGREX i-200ST, complete with new CNC, at Southern Manufacturing 2016 (9-11 February). Mazak is a regular attendee at the Farnborough-based exhibition, and has a track-record of exhibiting cutting-edge machine tool technology, ideally suited to the show’s core visitors in the subcontract manufacturing sector.

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Mazak brings a flavour of Italy to the UK with EMO Encore Open House

Yamazaki Mazak is bringing a flavour of Italy back to the UK with its traditional EMO Encore Open House. Scheduled from the 8-11th December 2015, at Mazak’s European Technology Centre in Worcester, EMO Encore is billed as the ideal opportunity for machine users, who were unable to travel to Milan, to experience the highlights of the show without leaving the UK.

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World debuts for two new Mazak lasers at Blechexpo 2015

Yamazaki Mazak is giving world debuts to two new fibre laser cutting machines at Blechexpo 2015 in Stuttgart. The Mazak stand, which will be themed “It’s all about you’ to demonstrate the company’s continued commitment to its philosophy of focusing on its customers and their specific applications, will be situated in Hall 1 of the Stuttgart event.

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EMO preview

Yamazaki Mazak is placing its new SMOOTH Technology CNC ‘family’ at the heart of an unprecedented new product launch schedule at EMO 2015.

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Mazak brings latest machine tool technology to Manufacturing & Engineering North East

Yamazaki Mazak will be exhibiting its new INTEGREX i-100 BARTAC ST multi-tasking machine, with the new SMOOTHX CNC, at Manufacturing and Engineering North East 2015. The i-100ST is the latest addition to the INTEGREX range and features a large machining area with compact ergonomic design and highly accurate performance. It is capable of machining both round and prismatic workpieces from raw material with just one set up, one machine and one operator – DONE-IN-ONE.

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Belgium honors Mazak President for contribution to business and development

Yamazaki Mazak President, Tomohisa Yamazaki, has been awarded the Commandeur de l’Ordre de LéopoldⅡin recognition of Mazak’s contribution to Belgium’s business development.

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Mazak opens new European Parts Centre and plans further investment

Yamazaki Mazak has officially opened its newly expanded European Parts Centre in Leuven, Belgium and has announced further investments to strengthen its manufacturing and customer support across the region.

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Mazak crowned top apprentice employer

Yamazaki Mazak UK has been crowned ‘Apprenticeship Employer of the Year’ for large businesses, at the recent Worcestershire Celebration Awards.

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Mazak apprentice doubles up at European karate championship

A young apprentice from Worcester-based manufacturer of CNC metal cutting machine tools, Yamazaki Mazak, has won two medals at the 41st European Wadokai Karate Championships.

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Mazak November Open House offers glimpse of ‘tomorrow’s’ technology

The countdown has started towards one of the highlights of the machining calendar, the annual Yamazaki Mazak November Open House.

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Mazak November Open House offers glimpse of ‘tomorrow’s’ technology

Mazak November Open House offers glimpse of ‘tomorrow’s’ technology

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Vodafone McLaren Mercedes extends Mazak partnership

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes has further extended its contract with Yamazaki Mazak. The agreement ensures that Mazak continues in its role as the sole Official Supplier of CNC machine tools to the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula One team.

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Mazak joins Nuclear AMRC as Tier One Member

Yamazaki Mazak has joined the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC) as a Tier One member and is providing an ORBITEC 20 machine tool for the Centre’s state-of-the-art research centre. The membership, which includes representation on the Board, will enable Mazak to make a major contribution to the Nuclear AMRC’s machining research and development capabilities, in particular the development of new machining practices and processes for the production of large and complex components, typically used in the power generation and oil and gas sectors. The Nuclear AMRC is led by the University of Sheffield with support from the University of Manchester, and has partnerships with a number of leading suppliers to the power generation sector including Rolls-Royce, Areva, Westinghouse, Sheffield Forgemasters and Tata Steel.

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