Business secretary Dr Vince Cable has said Yamazaki Mazak, a Worcester manufacturing firm, a “national success story”.
As part of a tour of businesses in the county this week he met senior members of the firm and had a tour of the factory and technology centre to see first-hand how CNC machines are made., Worcester News reports.
Founded in Japan in 1919, Mazak is the world’s largest manufacturer of CNC machines and employs around 500 people in Worcester, which is the European HQ and manufacturing centre.
One of its most well-known customers is the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team. It uses 21 Mazak CNC machines at its Surrey technology centre where the cars driven by Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton are made.
“There are a lot of people who believe Britain isn’t making anything anymore, but this is the kind of enterprise that proves them wrong,” said Dr Cable.
“There’s a lot of production and a lot of R and D being carried on in this country.
“Manufacturing is a national success story which is vital to our economic growth.”
Businesses like this show that the UK can lead the way in the development of cutting-edge technologies, he added.
Furthermore, enterprise such as this give hope when the economy is going through difficult times, Dr Cable continued.
Mazak makes a variety of CNC machine tools for use in many industries around the world, from aerospace to jewellery manufacturing.
At the start of this month the company merged its machine tools and laser cutting divisions into a single sales structure in a bid to encourage technological interchange and greater synergy for customers.
Yamazaki Mazak’s group managing director, Europe Marcus Burton said: “The new structure will allow much greater co-operation between the two divisions and two technologies, which can work alongside each other to provide a comprehensive metal cutting solution for customers across Europe.”