Yamazaki Mazak has been chosen as one of a select group of only 39 companies to represent British manufacturing at the forthcoming Make it in Great Britain exhibition which will run for the duration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Mazak, the only machine tool manufacturer to be represented, will be exhibiting a QUICK TURN lathe, which will demonstrate the role of the machine tool, the ‘Mother Machine’, in modern manufacturing and the breadth of machining applications that can be completed. The interactive exhibit will also include example products that have been manufactured using machine tools made at its European manufacturing plant in Worcester and will demonstrate the Mazak philosophy of Done In One machining which enables UK manufacturers to become more efficient, productive and competitive.
The Make it in Great Britain exhibition will be held at the Science Museum in London between 24th July and 9th September. The exhibition is being organised by the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) to showcase the best of British manufacturing to a worldwide audience during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The aims of the exhibition are to challenge the traditional image of the British manufacturing industry; to encourage young people to consider a career in engineering and manufacturing and to raise awareness of the vital role that manufacturing plays in the UK economy.
Yamazaki Mazak has been chosen to exhibit at the Make it in Great Britain exhibition alongside many of the great names of British manufacturing, including Airbus, BAE Systems, Jaguar Land Rover, McLaren, GKN, Sunseeker and Rolls-Royce.
Since Mazak’s European manufacturing plant was opened in Worcester in 1987, over 20,000 advanced CNC machines have been built there, over 80% of which were exported to some 30 countries in Europe. More than 1,000 QUICK TURN lathes have been sold in the UK and over 12,000 exported to Continental Europe from the Worcester plant since 1987
Marcus Burton, Group Managing Director Europe for Yamazaki Mazak commented: “The machine tool is the ‘Mother Machine’ from which all other machines and end products such as cars and aircraft engines are produced. What’s more, machine tools are used to manufacture a range of products used in everyday life from jewellery through to hip and knee replacement joints.”
He continued: “We are very proud to have been chosen to exhibit at the Make it in Great Britain exhibition alongside the cream of British manufacturing. We hope the exhibition will change some of the misconceptions about British manufacturing and encourage young people to consider a career in this most dynamic of sectors.”
Business Minister, Mark Prisk, commented: “Manufacturing accounts for 8 per cent of total UK employment and well over half of export goods, yet current perceptions of the industry are out of date and do not reflect that reality. We have selected a really exciting mix of exhibits, and I hope that as many people as possible visit the exhibition and see all of the great examples of British design and manufacturing – it will be spectacular.”