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The Orders Are Rolling In at MACH....
The Orders Are Rolling In at MACH....
The Orders Are Rolling In at MACH....

The Orders Are Rolling In at MACH....

Added to MTDCNC by MTDCNC on 14 April 2016

We've passed the half way point and the orders and enquiry levels are rolling in at a rapid pace at MACH 2016. Today we learnt that Hurco had taken orders in excess of £1.5m in the first two days with  Wednesday seeing the high value sale of a VMX 30U high speed 5-axis machine with a 24 pallet Erowa automation system.

Another company that had a remarkable day was XYZ. Managing Director Nigel Atherton has told MTD that the Tiverton company sold 5 machines on the busiest day of the show yet. From the perspective of the sliding head turning market, Star sold a SL32J to BW Precision and Tornos sold a Swiss Nano machine to a subcontractor targeting the truly 'micro' industry sector whilst MTD Network customer Sub CNC pencilled a deal for a Citizen L32 with B-axis.

With more end users looking for 'solution based' machine tools, ETG's Group Managing Director Mr Martin Doyle told MTD during our Vodcast morning that the company was 'always trying to be a bit different'.  With 11 machines on the stand, ETG has taken a multitude of orders with the sale of a Nakamura NTRX 300 and a Nakamura AS200 mill/turn centre with a Halter automation system being the orders of the day. During the Vodcast, ETG's Steve Brown talked us through the new Halter automation system on the Nakamura whilst Graham Thomas talked us through the impresive Chiron FZ12-FX high speed machining centre with robot loading.

 Of course the big pull for MACH visitors is the ETG 'giveaway' of a Hardinge 3-axis machining centre. So, get yourself over to the ETG stand before the end of the week to be in with a chance to win what is undoubtedly the biggest prize of the week. Even Sir Chris Hoy left the ETG stand with a gift, a Yoda figure machined from a solid billet.

The MTD crew were also on the Starrag stand filming an interview with Group CEO Walter Borsch. Walter told MTD about the new 'Focus' Line of 4-axis machining centres that will be globally launched next month to cater for a wider target audience whilst Starrag UK's Lee Scott told MTD all about the HEC500-DU5 machine on the stand at the show.

For customers looking for specialist solutions, RK International was drawing huge enquiry levels for their Perfect X36 high precision PLC grinding centre. Not far away at the rear of Hall 5, Sodi-Tech was witnessing a high volume of enquiries from the mould and die market for its new OPM250L 3D additive manufacturing machine with 3-axis machining capability that is enhanced by a 45,000rpm spindle.  

 Tooled for Success

Away from the sales of machine tools, the plethora of cutting tool innovations have gone down an absolute storm. ITC has been offering a promotional deal on BIG KAISER 'Starter Kits' that include a chuck and a collet, which has sold particularly well with one OEM automotive customer buying ten 'kits' from the stand on Wednesday. ITC's Technical Sales Engineer, Mr Paul Ensor  told MTD that the precision and quality of the BIG KAISER tool-holders are improving tool life and performance for customers and that is the draw for visitors at MACH.

 The impact of offers of new on the very latest technology is clearly a crowd pleaser at MACH and OPEN MIND Technology is another company profiting from this strategy. Renowned for its high-end 5-axis CAM packages, OPEN MIND is offering a licence for its hyperMILL software for 2D and 3-axis machining with 3 days training, a 3-axis post-processor and 12 months of software support and updates at a bargain price. It's been such a great offer that OPEN MIND has already hit double digit sales figures.  Taking the offering a step further, OPEN MIND is also giving one lucky winner of its competition a free seat of software, post-processor and full training... and this isn't even touching on the high-end MAXX machining package that is also being promoted with great interest levels.

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