Lantek strengthens its global presence with more than 22,000 customers
Lantek, a pioneering multinational in the digital transformation of the sheet metal and fabrication sector, continues its unstoppable growth in market presence and number of customers. The multinational company of Basque origin founded in 1986 has just exceeded the figure of 22,000 companies using its licenses and/or services, spread over more than 100 different countries on five continents. Year on year, the company continues to increase both its number of customers and its turnover at a rate that demonstrates its strength in the different markets which it serves.
Lantek’s constant commitment to innovation plays an essential role in these results. This policy has allowed it to evolve, since its launch more than 30 years ago, into a company specializing in the development, sale and integration of control and management software solutions for industrial plants (CADCAM, MES, ERP) as well as, a pioneer in advanced manufacturing applications in sheet metal, tube and profile cutting. Its innovations have enabled it to become a multinational technological leader in its sector through the addition of new industry specific manufacturing solutions to its traditional portfolio.
Lantek’s solutions respond to specific problems which are set to be resolved by digitalising the sheet metal industry, allowing manufacturers to undertake the transition to Industry 4.0 and become more competitive and efficient in a global market.
Of the existing 22,359 customers who rely on Lantek solutions, the majority come from the laser cutting machine sector, followed by the oxycut-plasma, punching and waterjet cutting machine sectors. In terms of their profile, the clear trend is increasingly demanding and connected customers. These are companies with several plants in different countries in which the supply chain life cycle is integrated with both customers and suppliers. Infrastructure developments which are a response to the progress of the industry and its organizational complexity.
“The significant increase in the number of customers is clearly reflected in the company’s results. In the last financial year, Lantek recorded a growth of 10 percent in turnover, cementing a solid financial position that gives us the resources us to take on the growth necessary to face the new challenges of Industry 4.0”, states Lantek sales director Juan José Colás.
Lantek is leading the way in the digital transformation of companies in the sheet metal and metal industry. With its patented smart manufacturing software, it enables factories to be connected, turning them into Smart Factories. It rounds off its range of services with CAD, CAM, MES, and ERP solutions for companies that manufacture metal parts from sheet metal, tubes and profiles using any cutting technology (laser, plasma, oxycut, waterjet, shearing, and punching).
Founded in 1986 in the Basque Country (Spain), one of the main European hubs of machine tool development, Lantek enables the integration of sheet metal and metal processing technologies using the most advanced manufacturing management software. The company is currently the outstanding leader in its sector thanks to its capacity for innovation and commitment to internationalisation. With more than 22,359 customers in over 100 countries and 20 offices in 14 countries, it has an extensive network of distributors with an international presence. In 2018, its international business contributed to 86 percent of its revenue.
Automotive technology focused Open House event at MCMT
The automotive segment is one of the key areas of business for CERATIZIT UK & Ireland, so its involvement as a technical partner of the In-Comm Training & Manufacturing Group will see it, through its WNT competence brand, supporting the ITMG’s forthcoming Automotive Technologies Open House on the 13th December at the Marches Centre of Manufacturing and Technology in Bridgenorth.
The event will be open to anyone with an interest in the automotive manufacturing sector and provides an ideal opportunity to discuss the latest developments in fields such as cutting tools, metal cutting machine tools, EDM and metrology. Visitors will be able to discuss specific requirements with technical experts from all of the Group’s Technical partners, who in addition to CERATIZIT UK & Ireland include Blum; Engineering Technologies Group; Hexagon; Mitsubishi EDM; Hyfore; and Guhring.
Adrian Fitts, CERATIZIT UK & Ireland’s business development manager, says: “The Open House will be a fantastic opportunity to highlight the developments in our cutting tool technologies relating to the automotive sector, where productivity improvements remain vital to the ongoing success of the UK supply chain to this growing market segment. WNT is just one of four competence brands within the CERATIZIT Group that complement each other, with customers able to source solutions from any one of Cutting Solutions by CERATIZIT, Komet, Klenk and WNT from a single point of contact.
‘’Having these like-minded suppliers as technology partners is a perfect strategy by ITMG to develop skills and productivity in the UK through the adoption of world-class equipment and engineering technology.
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ITC appoints new engineer to support Northern customer base
Industrial Tooling Corporation (ITC) has witnessed exceptional growth levels over the last five years with year-on-year sales increases exceeding 15 percent. In line with the company’s ambitious strategy for expansion, ITC is conscious of maintaining its impressive commitment to service and customer support. This is why it has appointed Gary Murrey as the latest addition to its growing team.
The remarkable company growth in the North of England has now seen the Tamworth cutting tool experts employ Gary Murrey as an application engineer to support the sales efforts of both Northern area technical sales engineers, Jason Clark and Gary Heaney. Gary Heaney and Jason Clark have both been with ITC for many years and their exceptional sales performance, combined with the addition of new UK manufactured cutting tool ranges from ITC, extended Widia product lines and the continual addition of BIG KAISER technology has seen sales in the region rocket.
To support the sales team, and the ever-growing customer base with technical expertise and support, Gary Murrey has joined ITC. Ideally located in the Wigan area, Gary Murrey has almost 30 years manufacturing experience that has included an apprenticeship as a machinist at shipbuilder Vosper Thornycroft and lengthy periods as a 5-axis machinist and programmer with GE Aviation. His experience also includes being a production and applications engineer with the 600 Group, a senior manufacturing engineer at VTL and almost five years as a technical sales engineer for cutting tool manufacturers and distributors in the North West. This culmination of experience has provided Gary Murrey with extensive insight into the challenges of the aerospace, ship building and automotive sectors, while his more recent career path has seen him apply his knowledge to provide technical solutions to the respective industry sectors.
Peter Graves, ITC’s managing director, says: “ITC has grown beyond recognition in the last five years with sales of our UK manufactured cutting tool solutions growing exponentially. Added to this, we are working ever closer with partners Widia and BIG KAISER to introduce more innovations and to supply a ‘complete cutting tool solution’. Our ability to deliver ever more extensive high-value technical solutions has facilitated increased sales and to support this, we have a necessity to support customers with the appropriate level of support.
“ITC has always prided itself on the turnaround times of UK manufactured standard and special tools and this is underpinned by unparalleled levels of service. Having an engineer of Gary’s calibre and background will certainly enhance customer support levels and also provide end-users in the area with a platform for improved machining and cutting tool performance. Gary will work in close collaboration with the technical sales engineers to establish relationships and create a foundation for the next step in ITC’s growth strategy.”
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ESAB completes acquisition of Sandvik welding business
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has announced that it has completed the acquisition of the Sandvik welding operations including production units in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and Sandviken, Sweden, the technical sales and product management organisation, as well as multi-year strategic collaboration on R&D for future product developments.
“Adding the Sandvik welding operations and its associates provides ESAB the opportunity to better serve customers with a broader and enhanced portfolio of stainless steel and nickel filler metals,” says Shyam Kambeyanda, president of ESAB.
ESAB will be working over the next several months to integrate the Sandvik welding consumables business and operations to provide a smooth transition for customers worldwide.
Sandvik is a world-class developer and manufacturer of stainless steels and special alloys for demanding environments and has been one of the leading global suppliers of welding consumables for more than 80 years.
ESAB is a world leader in welding filler metals, with a portfolio including stainless steel, nickel and high-alloy filler metals, strip cladding electrodes and fluxes sold under such respected brands as Shield-Bright, Core-Bright, Arcaloy, OK Autrod, OK, OK Band and Stoody. With the addition of the Sandvik welding products portfolio, ESAB offers an unmatched ability to meet customer needs.
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, established in 1904, is a recognised leader in the welding and cutting industry. From time-honoured processes in welding and cutting to revolutionary technologies in mechanised cutting and automation, ESAB’s welding filler metals, equipment, and accessories bring solutions to customers around the globe.
For more information about ESAB and its leading brands, visit www.esab.com