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Hurco's successful 2015 ends with a busy Open House
Hurco's successful 2015 ends with a busy Open House
Hurco's successful 2015 ends with a busy Open House
Hurco's successful 2015 ends with a busy Open House

Hurco's successful 2015 ends with a busy Open House

Added to MTDCNC by Hurco Europe Ltd on 16 December 2015

Orders for 10 vertical machining centres and CNC lathes to the value of £635,000 were taken by Hurco Europe, High Wycombe, at its three-day open house in December 2015, during which it welcomed 91 engineers from 67 manufacturing companies. Around 40 per cent of the visitors and a similar proportion of sales came from firms that were new to Hurco.

Diverse industries were represented by the people attending, indicating the universal appeal of the manufacturer’s products within the OEM and subcontracting sectors. Automotive and aerospace are areas of continuing sales growth, while the mould and die industry is also buying an increasing number of machines due to more and more work being re-shored.

Managing Director David Waghorn advised that Hurco Europe’s turnover in the financial year to 31st October 2015 was the third best ever for the company, despite a consensus within the UK machine tool industry that 2015 was a quieter year for sales than in the recent past.

He added, 'Nearly one-third of our unit sales last year were relatively low cost CNC turning centres, but these were offset by healthy deliveries of our larger DCX twin-column, bridge-type machining centres and also of higher value 5-axis vertical machining centres.'

Another reason behind the good financial result was the sale of four German-built Roeders 3/5-axis machining centres to British and Irish manufacturers under a sole agency agreement that dates back more than a decade. Hallmarks of the machines are linear motors in X, Y and Z, direct drives for the rotary axes, high spindle speeds and exceptional levels of profiling accuracy and surface finish. Additionally, jig grinding at 90,000 rpm is now an option on virtually all models in the Roeders machining centre range.

Mr Waghorn continued, 'To ensure we keep pace with the ever increasing need for after-sales support to match the growing installed base of Hurco machines in the UK and Ireland, we recruited three more service engineers during 2015. In addition, we appointed a new third-party service organisation in Ireland, DWS Facility Services. We hope that they will provide a similar level of support to that currently supplied to our Scottish customers by Caldervale Machine Tool Engineers.'

No new machines were exhibited at the open house, but visitors to MACH 2016 can expect to see something new on the Hurco stand, number 5330. It was noticeable that nearly all of the machining centres at High Wycombe were fitted with Hurco’s latest Max 5 control system, which will make its national debut at the Birmingham show next April.

Key features include a keypad that is adjustable by up to 90 degrees, a newly designed remote jog unit and a 19-inch LCD screen with touch-screen navigation and a second, hinged screen to the right which can be either factory fitted or retrofitted. The control swings flush with the front of the guarding, allowing greater space in the walkway, when needed.

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