Teruyuki Yamazaki, son of Yamazaki Mazak Corp. founder, was considered an industry leader and visionary. Mr. Yamazaki passed away September 15 at the age of 82.
Editorial Director, Modern Machine Shop
Mazak Corporation has announced the passing of Mr. Teruyuki (Terry) Yamazaki, chairman and CEO of Yamazaki Mazak Corporation. Mr. Yamazaki was the son of Sadakichi Yamazaki, founder of Yamazaki Machinery, later Yamazaki Mazak Corporation, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of machine tools. Teruyuki Yamazaki was 82 years old.
According to a Mazak Corp. news release, Mr. Yamazaki began his 65-year career in the manufacturing industry when he joined his father’s business in May of 1946. Mr. Yamazaki was appointed president of Yamazaki Machinery in 1962, the beginning of a decade that would lay the foundation for the company’s long-term global growth and expansion, the announcement says. The next year, the first Mazak-branded machine tools were manufactured. Yamazaki Machinery was renamed Yamazaki Mazak Corporation in 1968.
The release notes Mr. Yamazaki’s other accomplishments, which included establishing a new world headquarters and five manufacturing plants in Japan, along with manufacturing plants in the United States, United Kingdom, China and Singapore and 35 Technology Centers worldwide.
“Those of us who had the honor and privilege of working with Terry mourn the loss of a leader who inspired in our company each day a passion for excellence and a commitment to service. Today, I mourn the loss of a treasured mentor and friend,” says Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation, in the release. “Terry cultivated a culture of integrity, innovation and respect for new ideas at our company, one that we will continue in his memory.”
In 2001, Mr. Yamazaki’s passed the role of president on to his son, Tomohisa Yamazaki. Mr. Yamazaki then assumed the role of chairman of the company. He continued to contribute to company strategy and guidance until his death on September 15, 2011.