Fair Friend Group adds to European machine tool brand collection with Italy's Meccanodora, Morara and Tacchella

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Taiwan-headquartered Fair Friend Group (FFG) is acquiring Italian grinding manufacturers Meccanodora, Morara and Tacchella from IMT Spa, through its affiliate company Grinding Technology Srl, adding a further three European machine tool brands to the 14 it already boasts. (FFG’s UK representative is Dynamic Machine Tools, Cleveland.)

The three grinding technology companies offer a broad range of grinding machinery and have been serving international industrial markets for almost 100 years. Their portfolios take in single machines and system solutions, with various technologies from cylindrical and non-cylindrical grinding to multi-tasking equipment for complete machining including turning and milling.

Applications include automotive powertrain, railway axles, energy and aerospace turbines for OEMs and their suppliers around the world, as well as flexible general engineering machinery.

Dr Gerald Weber, CEO of FFG Europe & Americas, says: “Meccanodora, Morara and Tacchella have earned a remarkable reputation in the international manufacturing markets. Our customers will profit from even further enhanced turnkey capabilities.”

COO Luigi Maniglio adds: “We are going to develop the potential of our new brands by integrating them into our group, fostering innovation and making use of our global sales and service structures.”

With this acquisition, FFG is adding grinding technology to its metalcutting portfolio, amplifying its machining solutions for rotary parts. The previous portfolio already included turning, cold forming and gear making technologies for shafts and flanges. By enhancing its process coverage to include finishing operations, FFG says it will be able to pass on to its customers added value through full service capabilities.

FFG European machine tool brands already took in: VDF Boehringer; Hessapp; Honsberg; Hueller Hille; IMAS; JOBS; MAG; Modul; Pfiffner; Rambaudi; Sachman; Sigma; SMS; and Witzig & Frank.FFG expects to produce 45,000 CNC machine tools in 2018 and become the leading group in global machine tool industry.