O, Canada! Mazak opens a new technology center.

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Known as the "other thoroughbred from Kentucky," Mazak Corp. can now boast a new stable in Canada.

With Yamazaki Mazak Corp. President Tomohisa Yamazaki, Mazak President Brian Papke, and Cambridge, Ont., Mayor Doug Craig present, Mazak Corporation Canada recently celebrated the grand opening of its new $4 million Canada headquarters and Technology Centre.

Mazak Canada is the north-of-the-border operation of Florence, KY-based Mazak Corporation, the North American division ofYamazaki Mazak, Oguchi, Japan, the largest machine tool builder in the world.

The new Canada headquarters and center, which covers some impressive ground next to Ontario's Highway 401, will be home to Mazak Canada's 30-person sales and service-support operation: 12 in the office, 18 factory-trained service technicians in the field. It is also a vital connection to Mazak's exclusive distributors throughout Canada: A.W. Miller Technical Sales Inc. in Mississuaga, Ont.; A.W. Miller Equipement Technique in St. Laurent, Quebec; and Machine Toolworks in Edmonton, Alberta.

It is also home to Mazak's Canada Technology Centre, the eighth in North America and the 29th worldwide. Each center, the manufacturer says "is a commitment to stay close to the unique requirements and character of the world's most important local manufacturing markets, helping customers implement the latest machine-tool technologies and equipment for improved productivity. With knowledgeable personnel accessible to Canadian manufacturers, Mazak can provide unique manufacturing solutions, including turnkey systems and process-development expertise."

"This Technology Centre is proof of Mazak's commitment to helping our Canadian customers improve productivity and profitability with machine-tool technology solutions specifically developed for their particular needs," says Papke, who has long been considered a leader among North American manufacturing executives. (See "IMTS is really people," August 2006, available in the T&P on-line archives.)

The Canada Technology Centre can also host technical seminars on the latest manufacturing advances and demonstrate such solutions as multitasking technology, five-axis machining...

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