JOH DMG MORI EllisonClick image to enlargeThe machine tool distributors' Joint Open House (JOH) in Southwestern Ontario celebrated its 10th anniversary, and hundreds of manufacturers from Ontario and Quebec attended the three-day event.

Suppliers at Ferro Technique's facility during the JOH from left: Maxime Viau, Renishaw Canada; Martin Craven, Kennametal; Ross Carpino, Sandvik Coromant; Chris Psutka and Aki Okada, both of Nikuni AmericaClick image to enlargeThe JOH has grown considerably since it first launched in 2005. Today, the participating companies include Elliott-Matsuura Canada, SST-Canada, DMG MORI Ellison Technologies, EMEC Machine Tools, Ferro Technique, and TRUMPF Canada. Together, they showcased close to 80 machines, including a variety of CNC chip and fabricating equipment. In addition to the machine tool suppliers, the JOH also included tabletop exhibits from suppliers of tooling and fixturing, CAD/CAM software and metalworking fluids.Simon Marziale and Bruno Roi of Manufacture Scorpion, check out an EDM machine at Elliott-Matsuura's facility during the JOHClick image to enlarge

Simon Marziale and Bruno Roi of Scorpion Automation, Granby, QC, say they're searching for a new machine for their shop, which manufactures pneumatic automation and vacuum products.Marinus Weeda, Greg Walton and Bill Cardwell of Curtiss Wright at EMEC Machine Tool's facility during the JOHClick image to enlarge

"We're looking to buy a machine and we're considering a Matsuura or a similar type of machine," says Marziale, who spoke to Shop Metalworking Technology during his stop at Elliott-Matsuura's facility in Oakville, ON.Greg James of SST left with Adam Sajgo of Atlantic Machining Inc.Click image to enlarge

Adam Sajgo of Atlantic Machining Inc. in Stoney Creek, ON, was busy checking out machines at SST-Canada's facility. He too says he's interested in purchasing machinery, citing it as the main reason for attending the JOH.TRUMF Canada's facilityClick image to enlarge

For TRUMPF Canada, it was the first JOH in which the company has participated. Stefan Fickenscher, managing director of TRUMPF Canada, says TRUMPF decided to participate in the JOH because it's a good way to connect with new customers.

A new Nakamura-Tome multi-tasking machine on display at Elliott-Matsuura's facilityClick image to enlarge

Customers at EMEC's facilityClick image to enlarge

"We know most of the sheet metal customers, but a lot of times chip making businesses are also interested in sheet metal and do fabricating in their shops. It's great for us that we have people coming in from the chip making world, but also for other participants, people coming in here that are sheet metal people are also often interested in chip making so I think it's a win/win situation for all the participating companies."

The Joint Open House took place April 21-23 at participating companies located in Oakville, ON and Mississuaga, ON.

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