Luminaries Prince of Wales visits Yamazaki Mazak in UK
Workers at the site discussed manufacturing with the British royal.
His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, has toured Yamazaki Mazak’s European headquarters in Worcester, UK, according to the company.
The early June visit was the prince’s first to the facility, and the main purpose was said to be to learn more about Mazak’s approach to manufacturing and the company’s commitment to developing young engineers.
The prince was greeted by Group Managing Director Europe Marcus Burton and Deputy Group Managing Director Hiroyuki Yamazaki. Burton said, “Welcoming His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, to our European Headquarters in Worcester was a great honour. The prince also thanked Mr Yamazaki for his family’s continued investment in British manufacturing and jobs.”
The prince began his tour in the Solutions Gallery, which demonstrates the different products that can be made with Mazak machine tools, including marine propellers and parts for Formula 1 cars.
The tour continued to Mazak’s European Technology Centre, where the Prince spoke with applications engineers and witnessed some of the company’s technology, including a Variaxis I-700 5-axis multi-tasking machine, which was manufacturing an artificial knee joint.
The visit culminated with a tour of Mazak’s European manufacturing plant, which produces more than 1,000 machine tools every year, 85% of which are exported to continental Europe.
During the factory tour, the prince was also able to speak with a number of employees from Mazak’s apprenticeship programme, including Rachel Lewis, who was nominated for the Engineering Employers Federation West Midlands Apprentice of the Year during her apprenticeship.
Burton said, “The prince’s long-standing interest and championing of young people very much corresponds with our own philosophy of developing the engineers of the future by offering an exciting and fulfilling career in manufacturing.”