Industry Marks Passing of Teruyuki Yamazaki
Modern Machine Shop
Mr. Teruyuki (Terry) Yamazaki, chairman and CEO of Yamazaki Mazak Corporation, died Thursday, September 15 at the age of 82. He was the son of Mr. Sadakichi Yamazaki, founder of Yamazaki Machinery, which became Yamazaki Mazak Corporation, one of the world’s largest machine tool manufacturers.
Teruyuki Yamazaki began his 65-year manufacturing industry career when he joined his father’s business in May of 1946. Together, they acquired high-quality used machine tools and restored them to their original state. He 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 next year, the first Mazak-branded machine tools were manufactured. Yamazaki Machinery was renamed Yamazaki Mazak Corporation in 1968.
During the next 40 years, Mr. Yamazaki established a world headquarters and five manufacturing plants in Japan; manufacturing plants in the United States, United Kingdom, China and Singapore; and 35 technology centers worldwide. In 2001, Mr. Yamazaki passed the role of president to his son, Mr. Tomohisa Yamazaki, and assumed the role of chairman. He continued to provide strategic guidance until his passing.
“Mazak and the entire machine tool industry mourn the loss of a visionary who forever changed the role of manufacturing,” says Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation (Florence, Kentucky).