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To Mori Seiki President Tom Dillon, IMTS serves as a launch site for greater productivity both at Mori Seiki USA, and for the manufacturing industry in general. Part of the reason for that is the shifting landscape in the global economy.

"Where, in the past, manufacturing in the United States might have been more focused on the automotive market, we are now seeing a resurgence in energy, aircraft, and agriculture segments," says Dillon. "These expanding markets require innovative technologies and the most advanced machinery to accommodate for the growing number of users."

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Because demand is constant, it places a greater need on machine tool builders to find betterways to improve productivity. In that sense, Dillon sees a mutually beneficial relationship.

"The combined productivity of builders and users...

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