Best-ever MACH for ITC

The 2018 edition of MACH proved to be the most successful event that ITC has participated in so far.

While many commentators will pin the show’s success on a buoyant market and a new floor layout; for ITC, the crowds were drawn in by its eye-catching stand design, Suter MMX500 racing bike and the sheer diversity of its product range.
ITC’s marketing and internal sales manager Georgia Stewart-Jones says: “We received significant leads from every corner of the UK, varying from automotive, oil and gas and aerospace OEMs, to small subcontract job shops. In the week after the show, we sold a range of solid-carbide taps, drills, VariMill end mills and much more to a number of aerospace subcontractors. Additionally, we have just received a large order for Big Kaiser BBT30 collet chucks from a Fanuc user that needed high-precision BBT collet chucks to complement their recent RoboDrill purchase.”
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Ecological sawing

Kasto introduced what it describes as a high-performance, economically priced bandsaw to leverage the benefits of either tungsten-carbide tipped (TCT) or bi-metal blades.

At MACH, visitors were able to see that the KastoWin Pro AC 5.6 offers short cutting times, long blade life and intuitive operation. Compared with standard KastoWin machines, the bandsaw can increase production efficiency by between 50 and 100%, more in some instances, depending on the type of blade and material being cut. The maximum size of stock that can be cut is 560 mm and
the smallest dimension is 25 x 25 mm.
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Setting new records

Workholding specialist Hainbuch reports a strong first quarter performance that is set to continue after an outstanding MACH 2018.

Recording its best first four-month period ever, the show yielded a lead generation rate more than double that achieved during the previous event. Managing director Nick Peter says: “The Hainbuch team has already qualified the leads and we have to either visit or quote upwards of 100 businesses.
Of these, at least 60% are new names to Hainbuch. We have a quote to order ratio of 70-80%, so we‘ll be expecting to generate a lot of new business.”
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Bruderer seals Clamason deal

A Black Country manufacturer signalled its intentions for future growth by placing a major order at MACH.

Clamason Industries, which produces precision metal components and assemblies, announced a £1m total project investment with Bruderer UK to secure its largest ever press that will be used to target up to £6m of new orders.
The specialist supplier to the automotive, medical and building products sectors will install the 300-ton Zani Motion Master press in June, and is hoping that the speed and additional bed size will unlock larger pressing and stamping opportunities. This major investment comes after a successful two-year period for the Kingswinford-based firm, with an MBO in 2016 proving the catalyst for 10% year-on-year growth, 20 new jobs and a predicted £30m turnover across its operations in the UK and Slovakia during 2018.
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Prioritising productivity

Yamazaki Mazak showcased 13 productivity-enhancing solutions from its portfolio of machine tools and laser profiling centres.

The company also used MACH to highlight its suite of Industry 4.0 solutions. For instance, Mazak’s iSmart Factory works in partnership with Mazak’s Smooth CNC Technology to improve OEE and facilitate data-driven manufacturing via connection of the factory and office networks. Machines on display included the UK-built VTC-800/30SR vertical travelling column machining centre, and the HCR-5000S five-axis horizontal machining centre.
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