Following the recent announcement that it had entered into a strategic partnership for sales of its machining centres and flexible manufacturing systems in the UK and Ireland, Italy-based MCM (Machining Center Manufacturing) reports positive results already at the Farnborough International Airshow.
“Farnborough is a very important exhibition for MCM as about 60 per cent of our machines and systems are sold into the aerospace sector,” says Stefano Tirelli, Sales Area Manager, MCM. “The partnership with RK International Machine Tools allowed us to get our message across to visitors and exhibitors at the Airshow and I am confident that our two businesses will grow together as a result.” RK International Machine Tools’ staff were present throughout the show to support MCM and this relationship generated a high level of interest in the machines and systems available, which extend from single machines with automation, through to complex multiple machine flexible manufacturing systems. “One of MCM’s major strength points is the fact that we design and manufacture everything in-house, including the system management software (jFMX), this gives us an ideal platform to provide the customisation that our customers require resulting in the optimal solution for every production need.”
MCM machines are installed in a wide variety of customers from sub-contractors through to Tier One and OEM customers, with success around the world. The UK, and its important aerospace sector, is one territory that continues to provide exceptional opportunities that this partnership will develop. The partnership with RK International Machine Tools addresses through its extensive knowledge and experience of the UK & Ireland manufacturing sector. It will also give customers a more direct contact for any enquiries, customer service and support. “Our machines and FMS systems can be very complicated, so it was vital for us to develop business within the UK to have a local presence and one that understands our technology,” says Stefano Tirelli. “As we saw at the Farnborough International Airshow, this partnership will result in closer ties with the UK & Ireland and from the excellent enquiries that we generated together, I am confident that we will be delivering our first machines to the UK in the very near future.”
MCM is based in Piacenza in the north of Italy and manufactures a range of four- and five-axis horizontal machining centres, all of which can be integrated with stand-alone automation or into flexible manufacturing systems. The machines range in size from 800 mm cube machining capacity of the Clock series to over 6000 mm cube for the largest Jet Five machines, with manufacturing undertaken by its 300 plus employees at its three Piacenza factories. “We were approached by MCM at MACH and we were immediately impressed by the levels of technology and automation that they can bring to the aerospace sector in particular,” says Simon Rood, Director and General Manager, RK International Machine Tools. “The success of our joint networking efforts at Farnborough give me the confidence that we have chosen a machine tool manufacturer of the highest quality to partner with.”