CMZ acquires a 22,000 square metre plot for its new assembly plant

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Basque lathe manufacturer CMZ has formalised the purchase of a 22,000 square metre plot in the Aboro district to build a new assembly plant. This area will be the setting for the manufacture of the new lathe model the company plans to bring to the market and its technical office is already working flat out on the design.

This new investment joins those made by the manufacturer in the last few years with the intention of increasing capacity to 1,000 machines a year. The medium-term objective is to consolidate production of 800 lathes a year.

New assembly plant in Berriz

The new industrial space will be built on the plot occupied in the past by the Mendiguren and Zarraua stamping and pressing plant; The factory aims to become CMZ’s new hub and, in line with the usual practice in this type of projects, it will be equipped with the latest technological developments and features.

This investment has taken place to meet the manufacturing requirements for the new lathe model that CMZ intends to bring to the market and to fulfil the goals set out in the company’s strategic plan.

Next goal: 1,000 lathes a year

The investments and actions undertaken recently are aimed at satisfying market demand and consolidating a significant increase in production capacity. This latest incorporation will mean CMZ has eight plants for lathe production. The process has been designed so that over 80% of the components for the machines are made in its own manufacturing ecosystem.

This decision facilitates an iron grip on the process, eliminates import and export costs and enables the use of top quality components without impacting on the final cost of the machine.

The plant in Berriz will join the Zaldibar assembly plant and Seuner, in Mallabia. Meydi, focused on electrical assembly, has finished a thorough renovation of its facilities.

The leap in production will be possible also thanks to increased activity at the group’s machining plants, like Mecaninor (Elorrio), the new Precitor and Neoprec. The recently undertaken transfer and extension of Precitor and creation of Neoprec meet that same need to strengthen its "machining muscle".

Cafisur, the group’s industrial boilermaking company, underwent a similar process in 2019 with a move to the TecnoBahía Industrial Estate where it occupies a total surface area of 16,000 square metres.

International expansion

As CMZ confirmed at the end of the last financial year, this year the company is concentrating its efforts on international expansion. Firstly, it is seeking to consolidate its presence in Turkey and the United States with the support of the commercial network thanks to the increase in the number of machines manufactured for both countries.

And secondly, with CMZ France, the oldest subsidiary, about to celebrate its 20th anniversary, the group is focusing on increasing its production capabilities. The new assembly plant at Berriz will mean a significant increase in terms of production and a great leap forward in resources in a company that continues to champion continuous, sustained growth.