Having completed the latest round of expansion at its Worcester, UK, manufacturing plant, the Japanese machine tool builder Yamazaki Mazak is embarking on a review of the next phase of development at the facility, which is its European headquarters.
The combination of market enthusiasm for new products introduced at this fall’s EMO Hannover exhibition and ongoing demand for existing Mazak products has resulted in the Worcester factory exceeding the planned manufacturing capacity for the site. October alone saw the production and dispatch of 166 machine tools from Worcester.
“When we completed the most recent expansion of manufacturing at Worcester, the planned capacity was 150 machines per month,” says Richard Austin, Yamazaki Mazak’s general manager for direct production. “We have been able to meet the increased demand because of an increase in orders for our Nexus 2-axis lathes. These require less time to manufacture, and this has the effect of increasing capacity. We have also installed additional production systems to further streamline the manufacturing process.”
Given the current interest in existing machines and, especially, the inquiries at EMO and the recent EMO Encore events about new models, some of which will be manufactured at Worcester, Mazak fully expects this level of business to continue. “We are already discussing the next phase of expansion for the manufacturing capacity here at Worcester,” reports Austin.
He concludes: “These are exciting times for Mazak, Worcester, and UK manufacturing, as our ongoing success is extended to our supplier base here in the UK.”