Having experienced a steady increase in demand during the past nine months, machine tool builder Mazak projects the monthly output of its Florence, Kentucky plant to reach 130 machine tools per month by the close of Q2 2011. Output is expected to grow further after that. In terms of dollar value, this will represent the largest output ever produced at the plant. Much of the demand is for larger and more complex multitasking machine models, the company says. “With the present value of the dollar, we will be exporting more machines in future months from our Florence plant, in addition to building for domestic manufacturers,” says Brian Papke, president of Mazak.
During the economic downturn, the company invested $13 million in expanding the facility’s capabilities through additional floor space and technology upgrades. The company says it plans similar investments this year. These include the installation of another Versatech V-140N five-axis, double-column machining center for large part production as well as a Mazak Optonics cell with three laser fabrication centers to improve productivity for sheet metal parts.