Okuma Corporation Opens New High-Efficiency Factory

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New CNC machine tool manufacturing facility maximizes efficiency of high-variety, short-run production, enabling shorter delivery times and reduced costs.

Okuma Corporation President & CEO, Yoshimaro (Dean) Hanaki, officially dedicates the new Okuma manufacturing plant in Oguchi, Japan

The new factory transforms operations into an agile manufacturing environment, where an increased range of CNC machine products, in short run production, will be produced efficiently.

Okuma Corporation has held a formal dedication ceremony celebrating the opening of the first building of its new manufacturing facilities in Oguchi, Japan. The new factory transforms operations into an agile manufacturing environment, where an increased range of CNC machine products, in short run production, will be produced efficiently. This enables shorter delivery times, reduced costs, and enhanced market competitiveness. Okuma America Corporation, the U.S.-based sales and service affiliate of Okuma Corporation, will bring these competitive CNC machine offerings to customers throughout the Americas.

Phase 1 of the project began in August, 2012 when the original Oguchi facility was demolished. The new facility is 23,600 square meters (254,000 square feet) and will cost approximately 8 billion yen. Production efficiency in the new facility will be two times that of the second half of the fiscal year 2011. The efficiency improvements are a result of investment in a new manufacturing management system and a greater emphasis on automation, robotics and unmanned operations.

Products produced at this facility will include medium- and large-sized multi-tasking machines and CNC lathes. As in all Okuma facilities, Okuma-built double column machining centers are being utilized to cut parts for these machines.

Production has already begun in the first building and will be a highlight of Okuma’s Machine Fair being held in November, 2013. The total investment in new manufacturing facilities will include three phases, at a cost of 20 billion yen.

In addition to the investment in buildings, equipment and business systems, the new facilities are being built for environmental efficiency and will include features such as solar panels and natural lighting, to reduce the environmental burden.

Okuma America Corporation President & COO, Jim King, states, “This new factory sets a new standard for manufacturing efficiency worldwide, and solidifies Okuma’s position as a leader in the CNC machine tool industry. The investment in equipment and business solutions enable us to be more nimble in manufacturing planning and will make us more agile and responsive to customer needs. Overall, the plant efficiencies increase Okuma’s competitiveness, providing opportunities for customers to adopt the latest in CNC machining technology.”

About Okuma America Corporation:
Okuma America Corporation is the U.S.-based sales and service affiliate of Okuma Corporation, a world leader in CNC (computer numeric control) machine tools, founded in 1898 in Nagoya, Japan. The company is the industry’s only single-source provider, with the CNC machine, drive, motors, encoders, spindle and CNC control all manufactured by Okuma. Okuma’s innovative and reliable technology, paired with comprehensive, localized service protection, allows users to run continuously with confidence – maximizing profitability. Along with its industry-leading distribution network (largest in the Americas), and Partners in THINC®, Okuma facilitates quality, productivity and efficiency, empowering the customer and enabling competitive advantage in today’s demanding manufacturing environment. For more information, visit http://www.okuma.com or follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OkumaAmericaCorporation or Twitter @OkumaAmerica.

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