New Knuth showroomClick image to enlargeKnuth Machine Tools USA has opened its new showroom and demonstration facility that will showcase the three major cutting technologies it offers: laser, plasma and waterjet.

The facility is currently set up with laser and plasma machines, and has plans to install a five axis water jet machine later in the year.

“Our goal in opening this showroom is to offer our customers the right technology, solution, and machine for their cutting needs,” says Daniel Maerklin, Knuth USA president. A customer can come to Knuth with a part that needs to be cut and an application engineer will provide cycle times and cutting results for the part on the different technologies - whether that is a laser, plasma, or waterjet. “Armed with all of this information our customers can then make the best decision for their individual needs. We are the only company in the country that will be able to demonstrate all three technologies."

Customers outside the Chicago area are also invited to take advantage of this new showroom.

The specific machines featured in the new showroom are German-made Laser-Jet 2512, a 2 kw fiber laser with a 1.2 x 2.4 m (4 x 8 ft) cutting table; a Plasma-Jet 1530 with a HPR 130XD plasma source, and the Hydro-Jet Eco 1313.

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SMTCL invests in North American manufacturing

SMTCL is the latest machine tool builder to announce it's investing in manufacturing in North America.

Most recently, DMG MORI opened its manufacturing facility in Davis, CA. And Haas, which has always manufactured its machines in California at a 1 million sq ft facility, recently announced its intention to expand its facility to accommodate growing machine tool demand. Mazak Corp., which has been manufacturing in North America for 40 years, has expanded its manufacturing operations 15 times, most recently in 2012 with a 200,000 sq ft addition, increasing its total floor space to 800,000 sq ft.

SMTCL's COO Jerry McCarty says SMTCL, considered among the world's largest machine tool builders, will be manufacturing in the US by the end of 2015.

A manufacturing factory in North America will complement SMTCL's current manufacturing facilities in Europe (Germany) and Asia (China). "The United States was chosen because that is where our customers are and we know that we can find workers and vendors that have the dedication to quality that we need", McCarty stated in a press conference at IMTS earlier this week. "We will employ Americans and this facility will be managed by Americans. I can also tell you that although we will continue to use the world's best components in our machines, we will also use a number of local US vendors to provide contract machining, fabricating, and electronics."

The site of the new manufacturing facility has not been determined, but McCarty says SMTCL-Americas will begin manufacturing VMCs and expand with other products as the market dictates. 

SMTCL plans on purchasing or building a 100,000 square foot facility and employing between 100 to 120 employees. "We will need manufacturing engineers, machine assembly technicians, and service technicians, as well as purchasing, accounting, and general management professionals," said McCarty.

McCarty added that he hopes to be manufacturing in the US by the end of 2015. "These machines will be shipped to our customers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico and we look forward to helping our customers compete in the world economy."

SMTCL produces 80,000 machine tools each year and has revenues of $2.9 billion. The company has more than 300 products in its machine tool line-up.

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