Mazak Corporation recently named Wheeling, Ill.- based SMW Autoblok, a leading provider of chucks, live tools and steady rests, to its exclusive Value Inspired Partner (VIP) technology program, which exists to bring total manufacturing solutions to Mazak customers.
As a certified Value Inspired Partner, SMW Autoblok will collaborate with Mazak on R&D and integration efforts to create more innovative products and turnkey processes for the U.S. manufacturing market. The two companies will also work together to create training programs and seminars on a broad range of manufacturing topics for presentation at Mazak technology events across the country. This includes SMW Autoblok participating in DISCOVER 2013, a technology and education event taking place October 8 - 16 at Mazak Corporation headquarters in Florence, Ky.
"SMW Autoblok is a perfect fit for our VIP program. Like Mazak, SMW Autoblok is more than just a mere product supplier, it works closely with customers to understand their unique processes to be able to provide them with the best possible solutions for achieving increased productivity and profitability," said Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation. "Process optimization through complete manufacturing solutions is essential in today's competitive global marketplace, which makes collaborative efforts such as the VIP program so critical to the success of U.S. manufacturers."
"We are excited to be named one of Mazak's newest VIP partners," said Gary Downs, president of SMW Autoblok. "It is an honor to be part of an exclusive program that places high value on product quality, fair pricing, technical support and customer service. After all, these are the four cornerstones of our business, and they have been key to our company's global growth and leadership status in the manufacture of workholding, clamping and tooling solutions."
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