Sodick Europe opens new HQ in UK
Aerial view of new building
In July, Sodick Europe welcomed 170 guests to the grand opening of its new architect-designed headquarters in Warwick. Kenichi Furukawa, president of Sodick Co Ltd, son of Sodick’s founder Toshihiko Furukawa, helped CEO Peter Capp and other VIP guests break the traditional sake barrels to bring good fortune to the enterprise.
At 4,200 m2, the building has been designed with expansion in mind and, on a 1.2 hectare site, there is plenty of additional space for further growth at a later date. One of the key advantages of the new building is its large, temperature-controlled showroom, with generous space for demonstrations, as well as extensive training facilities, for customers and dealers – an area of increasing importance as products become ever more advanced.
In addition to Sodick’s latest range of EDM technology, the new building is also showcasing the company’s recently announced plastic injection moulding machines and its innovative new milling machine, both of which have specialist additional staff on site. There is also a dedicated production area for the OPM250L additive manufacturing/milling machining centre.
Sodick Europe has a turnover of £60 million, with 17 distributors serving more than 35 countries, reaching as far as Turkey and Russia. By making this major investment in Warwick, Sodick has demonstrated its belief in the UK as a key location in Europe and that, with or without Brexit, the UK, and particularly the Midlands, remains at the heart of advanced manufacturing.
Sake barrel breaking tradition
In a ceremony called kagami biraki, wooden casks of sake are opened with mallets during Shinto festivals, weddings, store openings, sports and election victories, and other celebrations. This sake, called iwai-zake (“celebration sake”), is served freely to all to spread good fortune. Source: Wikipedia