Citizen Machinery UK is to open a new regional office, applications engineering and machine showroom in the West Midlands to further enhance its customer service offerings and “to provide users with a significant machine preparation service to support the growing number of high-value automated turnkey solutions” being handled by the company.
The circa £2 million investment on a 1.1-acre site at the Hurst Business Park in Brierley Hill, near Birmingham, will include a 600 m2 showroom. Construction is scheduled to start in early 2018 and the new facility is expected to be officially opened late next year.
“Importantly,” says Deputy Managing Director Darren Wilkins, “this new facility in the heart of the country will complement our existing Citizen Machinery UK headquarters and showroom for Cincom (Citizen) and Miyano machines in Bushey, Watford, “and will play an important role in serving the modern-day demands of our growing customer base.” Continue reading “ADDITIONAL UK FACILITY IN BIRMINGHAM BOOSTS CITIZEN’S TURNKEY SOLUTIONS SERVICE”
Within a couple of hours of Citizen Machinery UK opening its doors for the Technology Days Open House, three directors of precision sub-contractor Adams Engineering (Ilkeston) ordered a Citizen Cincom L32 –VIII sliding head turn-mill centre to increase its installed base of Citizen Machinery UK supplied machines to five.
Said Managing Director Robert Roberts: “We have to increase capacity because one of our leading customers with a turnover in excess of £140 million has acquired another business. As we have a long term reliable supplier history, we are online to significantly increase part production.”
The first day of the Open House was branded an outstanding success by Deputy Managing Director Darren Wilkins as his team chalked up orders from the 75 customers attending worth well over £700,000. This also included machine orders from visiting customers from Scotland and Ireland. Indeed, over the three days with more than 300 people attending, 18 orders were placed worth in excess of £3.4 million with a major focus by customers buying seven machines featuring Citizen’s patented Low Frequency Vibration technology (LFV). Continue reading “ADAMS PLACES FIRST MORNING OPEN HOUSE ORDER THAT LEADS TO 3.4 MILLION CITIZEN BONANZA FROM 300 VISITORS”
Cars manufactured in Britain are becoming more British, according to a new Automotive Council study released today.
The report, Growing the Automotive Supply Chain – Local Vehicle Content Analysis, shows that 44% of all components used by UK carmakers now come from domestic suppliers, compared with 41% in 2015 when the study was last carried out.
In 2011, local vehicle content stood at 36%, which itself was an improvement following years of decline in UK automotive manufacturing.
Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “The domestic supply chain is the backbone of UK Automotive and its health is crucial to the success of the whole sector.
“While it is good news that British cars are becoming more British and re-shoring efforts are enjoying success, the process takes considerable time.
“To grow our supply chain further, the long-term competitiveness of the UK must be maintained.
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Citizen Machinery UK has created the next generation of its senior management team drawn from a trio of internal promotions that have contributed more than 60 years of experience in building the continued success of the Citizen and Miyano brands.
With Geoff Bryant relinquishing his role as managing director to Edward James, who joined Citizen in 2012, Darren Wilkins now becomes Deputy Managing Director with sole responsibility for sales and marketing and Jon Hart is now Finance and Administration Director. Mr Bryant will continue as business advisor to the new team.
Said Mr James: “This is an exciting time to establish the future progression of the business based on the cultivation of the new management team by Mr Bryant with full support from Japan.”
Said Mr Wilkins: “Over the past few years we have been progressively developing our team of key people so as to enable a smooth buy cymbalta online no prescription succession with a shared responsibility covering finance, sales, technical support and involvement in product development.”
Mr Bryant who has recently been appointed President of the Manufacturing Technologies Association for the next two years, remains a director of Citizen UK’s sister company, Hestika France until March 2018 when Mr Wilkins will also take on this responsibility. Mr Wilkins is also a director of Citizen Macchine Italia, the Group’s Italian operation and will be expanding the European sales operation.
Citizen Machinery UK employs 48 people and has recently expanded its sales team to support the growth in the range of machines available and technology involved as well as the expanding customer base. The sales team is able to enhance its customer contact having a more compact area to cover. In addition, Adrian Pearce has been promoted to Financial Manager under Jon Hart.
Thank you for everyone who attended Jimtof, it was great to meet with you and share the experience. Jimtof proved to be very positive with the total attendance being higher than 2014 and 2012 totalling an incredible 147,602 people. The Citizen stand was completely full from the first morning onwards with many visitors keen to see the new technology in action.
The Citizen Jimtof theme was focused on new technology with 15 Cincom/ Miyano prototype and production models to include integrated LFV, laser, cheapest price cymbalta 60 mg skyving and multi-cell technology to support the demand for more efficient machining processes and production of components from near shaped material. Jimtof has really helped the launch of the LFV technology and the market reaction grows from strength to strength with orders being placed Worldwide. LFV has been an immediate success with 40% of current L20 orders including LFV technology. The L series of machines has proved to be most popular with many large orders being placed during the Jimtof period.
Citizen Machinery has replaced its showroom lighting with the latest Waldmann Lighting Acaneo Highbay Luminaire LED system that not only provides glare-free lighting across the whole working area but also has enabled the previous nine 400 watt units to be replaced with energy saving 160 watt LEDs. In addition, the new system will reduce maintenance costs with an LED life of 60,000 hours as against the previous mercury based system which involved annual replacement.
Said Managing Director Geoff Bryant: “Waldmann is based about a mile from our offices in Bushey and is already a supplier to Citizen for its machine lighting. The company had taken a stand at MACH 2016 at the NEC in April when I recognised the name as I walked past. This coincided with our plans to upgrade our air conditioning and lighting at our headquarters and led to quotations and order placement very soon cheap cymbalta prescription after the show.”
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A new level of cutting technology was launched by Citizen at its recent open house that is reported to increase the performance, levels of surface finish and significantly improve chip control.
The new machining development was demonstrated on the latest Citizen Cincom L20-VIII CNC sliding head turn/mill centre, is fully programmable and can be applied to processes including turning, facing, drilling and even thread cutting operations.
The patented process of Low Frequency Vibration cutting (LFV) took some three years to develop and was amongst the latest concepts unveiled and demonstrated to the 3,000 visitors from around the world at last year’s CFA85 Innovative Manufacturing Event staged at Citizen’s Japanese headquarters. This technology has also been recently demonstrated this autumn by Citizen at AMB in Stuttgart and BiMu in Milan where high levels of interest in the potential for its application were shown by visitors.
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Citizen Machinery’s launch of its Low Frequency Vibration (LFV) cutting technology plus integrated laser cutting on two of its Citizen CNC sliding head turn-mill centres drew almost 300 potential customers and visitors to its three-day Open House where 18 machines from the Citizen and Miyano fixed head ranges were being demonstrated.
As a result of the event, over £2 million of machine tool future investment orders were placed by visitors to the Bushey headquarters with some travelling from as far away as Scotland and Ireland and internationally from Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Portugal.
Said Sales Director Darren Wilkins: “We have often demonstrated how new machine tool technology reduces non-cutting time. However, this was the first time we have radically broken new ground in changing the machining process and the cutting of material. It has certainly created interest with us taking orders for machines with integrated LFV technology due for delivery in January and considerable longer term pre-order intent.”
Visitors were also able to view live demonstrations on some of their own components being manufactured on the latest Cincom L20-VIII using ‘programmable’ LFV technology to control chip removal on materials that are normally challenging to manage even with high buy generic cymbalta canada pressure coolant. Said Mr Wilkins: “Most visitors were able to appreciate the opportunity to remove or reduce the need for high pressure coolant as well as the potential advantage to increase productivity and reduce the cost of expensive consumable tooling.”
Added Mr Wilkins: “Many sliding head users immediately recognised the advantage of LFV in greatly improving the removal of swarf from the machining area and its help to reduce downtime as a result of damaged or worn tooling. As the vast majority of our customers run Citizen machines unattended they therefore welcomed the opportunity to extend their production capability and were enthusiastic over the ability to switch, as required, to suit the application between the ‘programmable’ chip control development and a conventional non-LFV machine.”
Luke Dealhoy of Gedore Torque drew the top prize of an Orange mountain bike fitted with high specification Hope equipment produced on both Citizen and Miyano machines installed in its factory in Bartnoldswick, Lancs. To qualify for the draw Mr Dealhoy remembered to bring along his token from his visit in April to the Citizen stand during MACH 2016 at the NEC. Meanwhile, Simon Lilley of S. Lilley & Son is now the proud owner of a new Citizen Eco Drive watch from the visitors card draw at the event.
A totally new level of cutting technology is due to be launched by Citizen at its Open House between 11 and 13 October that is able to increase the performance, levels of surface finish and significantly improve chip control. This breakthrough in machining development will be demonstrated on the latest Citizen Cincom L20-VIII CNC sliding head turn-mill centre, is fully programmable and can be applied to processes including turning, facing, drilling and even thread cutting operations.
The patented process of Low Frequency Vibration cutting (LFV) took some three years to develop and was amongst the latest concepts unveiled and demonstrated to the 3,000 visitors from around the world at last year’s CFA85 Innovative Manufacturing Event staged at Citizen’s Japanese headquarters. This technology has also been recently demonstrated this autumn by Citizen at the European exhibitions of AMB in Stuttgart and BiMU in Milan where high levels of interest in the potential for its application were shown by visitors.
Cutting trials both in Japan and Europe have already demonstrated significant improvements to cutting efficiency, not only on exotic materials but also, on ‘difficult to chip’ ferrous and non-ferrous materials. In certain cases the need for integrated high pressure coolant systems and fume extraction has been reduced or even replaced, thus creating additional savings from reduced power consumption and improved set up times.
When LFV has been applied, it has led to forecasts that the productivity can be revolutionised when machining malleable materials, for instance, and especially plastics and copper which pose machinists with a constant challenge to maintain effective chip control.
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Thank you everyone who attended our open house event!
The event was very successful indeed with over 400 people attending the 3 day period. A number of companies took advantage of the show promotional prices and we received machine orders in excess of £2M. We have had many positive comments from our open house partners and guests who recognised the value in attending our event. Visitors were able to view the latest machine technology being demonstrated on 18 of our machine models plus meet many specialist suppliers who were at hand to offer advice on the latest tooling, machine accessories, component measuring, materials supply, machine monitoring, high pressure coolant and chip management systems.
Continue reading “A review of the Citizen Open House 2016”