Taking place at the company’s Technology Campus facility in Leamington, Mills used the Open House to showcase a number of new Doosan machines to UK and Irish manufacturers (many of which were making their UK debuts at the event), and to promote a range of recently-introduced technology and service innovations to visitors.

Comments Mills CNC managing director Kevin Gilbert: “Our ‘Strokes of Genius…LIVE’ Open House surpassed all expectations and visitor numbers were much higher than anticipated. As well as generating significant machine tool sales during the two day event the number of serious and genuine sales leads and enquiries taken at the Open House was also particularly encouraging – especially as a high percentage of these came from new customers (OEMS through to precision subcontractors) visiting the Campus for the very first time.”

Highlights of the Open House included a number of new Doosan machine tools making their debuts at the event with pride of place going to the new Doosan Puma 2600SY Mk II. Other technology highlights at the event included a number of machining demonstrations.

In total there were 16 machining demonstrations organised for the event.

Says Gilbert: “Our Doosan multi-tasking turning centres and multi-axis (5-axis) machining centres certainly proved popular with visitors, and reflects the growing demand amongst UK and Irish component manufacturers to invest in high-productivity machine tools.”

Mills also used the Open House to demonstrate the Siemens’ Sinumerik 828D TFT touchscreen control technology.

Adds Gilbert: “The high visitor numbers at the Open House is proof-positive that new, innovative and exciting technologies definitely capture the imagination of component manufacturers. Over the next few days we will be following-up the many leads taken during the event and, looking to the future, we will now be focusing our attention on next year’s MACH 2018 Show where we (once again) have one of the largest stands and where we will be exhibiting 16 Doosan machines to visitors.”