Mazak announces record year for machine sales in 2018

February 7th, 2019 1:42 pm | by admin

Yamazaki Mazak celebrated a record year for machine sales in 2018, due to strong performance across a number of key market sectors

 

Yamazaki Mazak celebrated a record year for machine sales in 2018, due to strong performance across a number of key market sectors.

Despite uncertainty in the marketplace in the lead-up to Brexit, the machine tool manufacturer witnessed impressive sales, particularly throughout the automotive, oil and gas, and medical markets.

Alan Mucklow, managing director UK & Ireland Sales Division for Yamazaki Mazak, comments: “Mazak is delighted to announce that 2018 proved to be the company’s best ever year for UK machine sales.

“The resurgence of the oil and gas market was much welcomed and we saw great success with the sales of machines from the larger section of our portfolio, such as our INTEGREX e-H range of multi-tasking machine tools as well as our highly versatile MEGATURN vertical turning centres.”

“A particularly pleasing aspect of our 2018 sales performance was the volume of commodity machines, including the UK-made entry-level QT COMPACT turning centre range and the high-performance QUICK TURN series.

“The company has invested heavily in improving our European Manufacturing Centre in Worcester in recent years and it is especially rewarding to see that investment translate into shorter lead times and strong sales for UK-built machines.

“2018 also proved to be another fantastic year for UK sales of machines from our laser processing portfolio, following the recent additions to our Direct Diode Laser range, as well as the newly-unveiled 8.0 kW and 10.0 kW additions to our highly popular OPTIPLEX FIBER series.”

He concludes: “2019 has already started off strongly, having generated an impressive volume of enquiries from our presence at Autosport Engineering in January. This year was the first time we exhibited across the weekend, rather than just the ‘trade’ days, and it paid real dividends being the only machine tool manufacturer with a visible presence.”

Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd
Tel: 01905 755755
Email: sales@mazak.co.uk 
www.mazak.eu

MAN creates 125 jobs after record-breaking year

February 20th, 2018 10:13 am | by Rob

A unique industrial collective is casting aside the shadows of Brexit by recording its best ever year, with a £10m increase in sales paving the way for 125 new jobs.

The Manufacturing Assembly Network (MAN), which comprises eight subcontract manufacturers and an engineering design agency, has taken full advantage of the positive exchange rate for Sterling and a desire to tap into British innovation to win contracts across the automotive, aerospace, electronics, renewables and medical sectors.

All nine firms have experienced growth over the last twelve months and have benefited from sharing best practice, purchasing power and working together to target new clusters.

The expansion now means that MAN employs a 1,000-strong combined workforce across 15 factories and boasts an order book that is fast approaching £90m, with 40 percent of that turnover sent overseas.

“I am a firm believer in the power of collaboration and that is exactly what has helped us to grow the collective and our individual businesses over the last year,” explains Rowan Crozier, CEO of Brandauer and the new chairman of the Manufacturing Assembly Network.

“We were all together when the results of the European Referendum vote were announced and were shocked. That feeling lasted for about ten minutes and then, like typical manufacturers, we decided to roll-up our sleeves and see how we could make the most out of the situation. The fall in the price of Sterling has certainly been a big help.

“This is only one element though. The UK is a great place to manufacture and we are becoming increasingly competitive with our international rivals thanks to a renewed focus on training, investment in automation and a willingness to innovate. Those are the true ingredients behind our success.”

The Manufacturing Assembly Network is made up of Alucast, Barkley Plastics, Brandauer, Grove Design, KimberMills International, Mec Com, Muller Holdings, PP Control & Automation and SMT Developments. Together they offer every engineering discipline imaginable, including automation and control systems, casting, design, forging, plastic injection moulding, PCB development and precision stamped parts.

It is also currently working with Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) to improve processes and commercialise new technologies.

Rowan Crozier continues: “This is a very exciting time to be taking the reins at MAN and there are some immediate opportunities I want to focus on, primarily widening the network’s reach to win more business and strengthening our existing relationships with academia.

“There are also plenty of new sectors we have yet to really touch and we’ll be looking to take our message out on the road to firms involved in the aerospace, military and defence sectors.”

For the first time in its history, the group will have a deputy chairman with Adam Cunningham of Muller Holdings unanimously voted in.

“All of the members are striving to be best in their chosen field and when you bring all this together in one collective force it is a strong message to take to potential customers.

“Last year, £5m was invested across nine companies and encompassed factory extensions, new CNC machines, robotic welding cells and the recruitment of apprentices. I can see this figure being even higher in 2018,” concludes Rowan Crozier.

MAN
www.man-group.co.uk