The new 5,000 square foot state-of-art Ceratizit UK & Ireland Technical Centre was opened last month and ideally located on Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Park to provide support to manufacturing companies with their machining processes.

The centre offers the range of Ceratizit cutting tool and workholding products from the four brands of Ceratizit, Komet, WNT and Klenk for use on a wide range of machine tools.

The new facility is an extension of a similar, smaller centre that Ceratizit operates with five or six machines, which it has outgrown as does not have the capacity to introduce a 5-axis machine and other machining technology.

Developed in partnership with XYZ Machine Tools the centre is equipped with nine machine tools replicating what its customers in their own machine shops operate, ranging from simultaneous 5-axis machining capability with the UMC-5X machining centre from XYZ, a Yamazaki Mazak Integrex I250H multi-tasking machine and, sliding head technology with the SR-20JII B from Star Micronics GB, along with other XYZ vertical machining and turning centres, mills and lathes.

The aim of the sparkling new facility is to support customers with both training and process development and to develop machining strategies for customers from a wide range of industries, such as aerospace, medical, automotive and oil & gas, freeing up their inhouse capacity to maximise productivity.

Ceratizit UK & Ireland managing director Tony Pennington explains it significantly enhances the cutting tool specialist’s capabilities and offering to new and existing customers, while fitting into the firm’s ‘think global, act local’ ethos in support of the North European market.

“We will be cutting metal in here every day. Sometimes people do these things and it is almost like a car showroom and they do not actually use them. Every time you come in here you will see metal being cut either by us or XYZ,” he says.

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