Haas HTEC program continues unabated
Belgium – Spring 2016 proved to be a busy time for the Haas Technical Education (HTEC) program in Europe, where a total of seven new HTEC facilities have opened since the beginning of the year, the US-based machine tool maker announced.
With a number of additional openings and events planned before 2017 arrives, there is no let-up in the number of educational establishments looking to use the technologies and services of Haas to build better links between technical education and industry, the company said.
Three HTECs have opened in Poland this year, at Legnica, Lublin and Bialystok, taking to 19 the total number of HTEC facilities in the country – the most of any nation in Europe. This remarkable feat has been presided over by Abplanalp, a Haas distributor with more than 15 years’ experience in selling and supporting the US company’s CNC products. Indeed, Abplanalp is planning to open 10 additional HTEC schools in Poland by 2020, and another three every year thereafter, taking care to ensure HTEC coverage across the country.
Other European HTEC facilities that opened in the first half of this year include those in Lithuania (Vilnius), Belarus (Mogilev) and Russia (Nizhny Novgorod), as well as one in Germany.
Around 40 delegates with a passion for CNC education came together at the Yrkesakademin i Österbotten in Vaasa, Finland for the country’s first HTEC conference.
The goal of the conference was to help teachers to network, share best practices in CNC education, and to promote collaboration.