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Editor: Barbara Schulz

... Hermle's first-ever entry-level machining centre, the C 400, introduced in 2012, and now complemented by the C 250, introduced in May 2016. The machine will also be on show at AMB in Stuttgart in September. We spoke to Franz-Xaver Bernhard, member of the board at Hermle.

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Franz-Xaver Bernhard, Mitglied des Vorstands bei Hermle, Gosheim, auf der Pressekonferenz im April 2016.
Franz-Xaver Bernhard, Mitglied des Vorstands bei Hermle, Gosheim, auf der Pressekonferenz im April 2016.
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Mr Bernhard, how is Hermle faring with its offerings in the entry-level range of machining centres; how many C 400 models have you sold?

I admit there was a lot of scepticism around when we introduced the C 400. However, since the machine has fundamental attributes similar to those of our high-end models, such as a modified gantry design, mineral cast bed, and trunnion-mounted rotary table for the fourth and fifth axes, all offering rigidity, low vibration and high machining accuracy, it was actually very successful, with around 600 models globally in use today.

So the C 250 is to follow up on that success?

Definitely. We listen to our customers and deliver the quality expected from Hermle machines - all of which are made in Gosheim, Germany. We aim to deliver as many as 80 of the C 250 this year and 20 machines have already been sold.

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