Japanese machine tool manufacturer Makino Milling Machine Co., Ltd. reports on a financial year of stable global turnover. Major growth in the export business compensated for a weakened demand in the domestic market. Despite vast political uncertainties around the world, record-high turnover levels were achieved in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Orders from Europe were up by more than 70% with major contributions from the aerospace and industrial components sectors. In the year of its 80th anniversary, Makino will launch numerous new technologies at the EMO in Hannover where a wide spectrum of 5-axis, automation and Industry 4.0 solutions will be exhibited.
At the yearly press conference in Kirchheim unter Teck, Makino announced the launch of the latest addition to its family of 5-axis machining centres, the a500Z. Based on proven technologies of Makino’s a1 series, the new 5-axis horizontal machining centre is tailor-made for complex-parts production.
The new Makino L2 5-axis vertical machining centre delivers high accuracy and rigidity from a ultra-compact footprint. Two models dedicated for indexing applications and impeller machining, respectively, will be launched at EMO in Hannover this year. Both have been custom-designed for high-volume, small-part manufacturing processes, ready for automation.