Sandvik Coromant to Build Tech Center in Mebane, North Carolina
The location is central to the company’s aerospace and automotive customers as well as three large research universities.
Sean Holt, head of Sandvik Coromant’s Americas sales area, announced that a new Sandvik Coromant Center will open in Mebane, North Carolina. Currently, the company has a Production Unit in Mebane that manufactures special and standard products. The project will expand the existing production site space to fully utilize the capabilities of the current building.
Mebane lies within 200 miles of all the company’s major aerospace and automotive customers. The location is also near the so-called “The Research Triangle”; neighboring Raleigh-Durham has three major research universities: North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Construction is expected to be complete near the end of 2020.
According to Mr. Holt, “It is crucial to have a Sandvik Coromant Center located in the heart of our customer landscape, especially as we focus more on providing premium experiences to our most valuable customers. In addition, I see great potential for synergies resulting from the proximity to our Production Unit. We will be able to provide our customers and partners a fully integrated customer experience and enable closer alignment between supply and Sandvik Coromant Center functions.”
The new Sandvik Coromant Center is expected to be a hub for training, R&D testing, customer projects and digital live machining. With a large auditorium, integrated showroom and modern machine tools, the center’s digital live machining system will be able to broadcast training and machining demonstrations, enabling collaboration with others from around the globe in real time, the company says.
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