His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, visited Yamazaki Mazak’s European headquarters, Worcester, on Thursday 6th June 2013. The visit was His Royal Highness’ first to the company’s Worcester facility with the main purpose being to learn more about Mazak’s approach to manufacturing and the company’s commitment to developing young engineers.
The Prince of Wales was greeted by Group Managing Director Europe, Marcus Burton, and Deputy Group Managing Director, Hiroyuki Yamazaki. The Prince’s tour included Mazak’s European Technology Centre, where the Prince was able to speak to applications engineers and witness first-hand some of Mazak’s leading edge technology.
During the factory tour His Royal Highness was also able to speak with a number of employees from Mazak’s apprenticeship scheme, including Rachel Lewis who was nominated for the Engineering Employers Federation West Midlands Apprentice of the Year during her apprenticeship.
Marcus Burton, Group Managing Director Europe at Yamazaki Mazak, commented on the visit: “Welcoming His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, to our European Headquarters in Worcester was a great honour. The Prince’s long-standing interest and championing of young people very much corresponds with our own philosophy of developing the engineers of the future by offering an exciting and fulfilling career in manufacturing. “
Yamazaki Mazak is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of computer numerically controlled (CNC) metal-cutting and laser processing machine tools. The company, which is privately owned by the Yamazaki family, employs more than 6,500 people worldwide.