Yamazaki Mazak U.K. Ltd. and its customer Components Worldwide both came away from MACH 2008 with success in the Metalworking Production (MWP) Awards competition. Mazak won the award for Best Metal Cutting Machine Tool (Prismatic) for its Nexus 8800-II horizontal centre, while Components Worldwide took the title of Best Subcontractor–Supply Chain Partnerships.
Described by the judges as “a compact machine with big potential; powerful, fast, and accurate; very well thought out—a machine tool of its time,” the Nexus 8800-II combines innovative technology, such as the roller gear cam mechanism on the c-axis, with well-proven mechanical technology found across the Mazak range.
“The MWP Awards provide a valuable insight into the latest developments in manufacturing technology,” says Tony Saunders, Yamazaki Mazak U.K.’s sales director. “For that reason alone, Mazak takes its participation in them very seriously. We are proud to have been singled out as the winner in an area that, for us, is one of great significance: prismatic machining.”
For Components Worldwide, the new trading name of Mini Gears, the award of Best Subcontractor–Supply Chain Partnerships is just compensation for the effort the Stockport-based precision subcontractor has made under its chairman Paul Darwent. The judges saw the business as “transformed from a specialist gear manufacturer only into a company now offering a full range of machining capability and components sourced worldwide—maintaining high quality but at low prices.”
“I see this award as deserved recognition for a lot of hard work on the part of the forward-looking team here,” comments Paul Darwent. “By focusing on the bigger picture objectively, we have found a successful way to steer our business through the challenges posed by global competition, and we have a very bright future ahead of us.”
Besides the change in marketing strategy suggested by its new business name, Components Worldwide has moved away from its traditional small-gear manufacturing business, which represents just 2% of turnover now. Is drive to diversify has involved investment in new machine tools, including three Mazak Integrex multiaxis, multifunction machines. These machines bring extra versatility to the company’s manufacturing capacity.