Turning centres Yamazaki Mazak expands production of UK-made machines

Editor: MA Alexander Stark

UK — At its Worcester-based plant, Yamazaki Mazak has started manufacturing three additional models of its Quick Turn series. The company’s increased production capacity follows in the wake of a series of strategic investments over the past 24 months at the manufacturer’s flagship European production facility.

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The Quickt Turn 350 MSY is one of several new machine tools that will now be manufactured by Yamazaki Mazak in Worcester.
The Quickt Turn 350 MSY is one of several new machine tools that will now be manufactured by Yamazaki Mazak in Worcester.
(Source: Yamazaki Mazak)

Following a series of major investments at its Worcester-based European Manufacturing Plant, Yamazaki Mazak has begun production of a number of models from its Quick Turn series of high-performance turning centres. The models include the Quick Turn 350, 350MY and 350MSY models, and will take the total number of UK-made machine tools to eight, alongside the CV50-500, Quick Turn 250M, VCN-430A, VTC-760C and VTC-800/30SR.

Previously manufactured at Mazak’s manufacturing facility in Minokamo, Japan, the Quick Turn 350 series offers high performance turning from a compact footprint for demanding applications. Models now manufactured at Mazak’s Worcester site include the standard Quick Turn 350 machine tool, as well as those with milling and Y-axis functionality, (MY), and milling, second spindle and Y-axis capability (MSY).

The company's investment in the UK-site include the installation of a state-of-the-art twin-pallet Versatech V-140N/280 and FJV-60/80 double-column vertical machining centre in early 2021, along with two Integrex i-Series Multi-Tasking cells supported by Robo Job automation systems.

Following the reopening of its European Technology Centre, Mazak has also expanded 22-strong Applications Engineering team, with the addition of two new engineers, and unveiled a new 360 ° virtual showroom to increase accessibility for customers across the country.

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