This year marks the 50th anniversary of Mazak North American manufacturing operations in Florence, Kentucky. Through its industry leadership in manufacturing innovation and technology, engineering and customer support, the company has securely positioned itself as a champion of the North American manufacturing industry.

Since the facility’s opening in 1974, Mazak has continued to honour and build on the vision of its founder, the late Teruyuki (Terry) Yamazaki, former chairman of Yamazaki Mazak Corporation. That vision hinged on the fact that machine tool companies must be close to the markets they serve to gain a complete understanding of the manufacturing culture and to support the industry in the best possible way.

“Mazak Kentucky was the first global facility outside of the company’s headquarters in Japan,” pointed out Dan Janka, president of Mazak Corporation. “At Mazak Kentucky, we constantly invest in the research, development, and equipment to continuously evolve our manufacturing operations and the products we produce. As a result, we have maintained a leadership position and have brought a world of technological firsts to the industry, from our Multi-Tasking DONE IN ONE machine concept to advanced digital solutions, innovative automation systems and more.”

As a company dedicated to continuous improvement and to always exceeding customer expectations, Mazak has experienced 20 expansions at its Florence, Ky., manufacturing campus and currently produces more than 70 different machining solutions at the facility. With almost one million-sq.-ft., the facility designs and builds machine tools and manufacturing technology that ensure its customers reduce costs and maximize their productivity.

By continuously investing in its own manufacturing technology, Mazak maintains its standing as a world-class provider of turning centres, horizontal machining centres, vertical machining centres and multi-tasking machines, including five-axis models, hybrid additive systems and swiss-style turning machines. Its Kentucky plant is also designated as a Mazak iSMART Factory that uses advanced manufacturing cells and systems together with full digital integration to achieve free-flow data sharing in terms of process control and operation monitoring.

Beyond the technology it provides, Mazak maintains a network of regional technology centres and technical centres as part of its strategic business model. The centres are located across North America to provide component machining demonstrations, experienced applications engineers and comprehensive training in close proximity to customers. This network also plays a key role in channeling customer input to Mazak manufacturing for the development of new machine tool technology.

Mazak technology, along with extensive service and support, has helped manufacturers overcome their toughest challenges for the past 50 years and will continue to do so well into the future.

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