Mazak Announces VIP Technology Partnership Program

Florence, Kentucky, August 17, 2010 – Mazak has announced the launch of Value Inspired Partners (VIP), a new technology partnership program, which is designed to further support customers and provide them with total manufacturing solutions. Stemming from a constant commitment to American manufacturers, this new program represents an increased level of partnership with companies that manufacture equipment, software and accessories. To be VIP certified, companies must provide products and services that transcend traditional supplier relationships and regularly meet a set of qualification criteria.

Criteria for VIP certification include the minimum of the following:

  • Be a recognized leader with unique, innovative and high quality products
  • Provide extensive pre- and post-sales support
  • Add value to customer processes and provide system solutions
  • Maintain a culture of ethical business standards and practices

“Over the last decade, the rate of technological innovation has increased substantially across all types of manufacturing equipment and software,” says Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation. “To provide the best possible solutions to end users, manufacturers in any specific product category cannot operate in a vacuum. By establishing productive partnerships with producers of complementary technologies, we offer customers a more diverse array of technical expertise and achieve development of truly optimized solutions.”

Sandvik Coromant has been certified as the first member of the Mazak VIP program, and the selection process is ongoing for several other potential members.

“We are pleased to be the first member of the VIP initiative,” said John Israelsson, president of Sandvik Coromant USA. “We will work with this new program to bring our customers a complete machining solution to the shop floor.”

Companies that qualify for the VIP program will work closely with Mazak, both in product development and in creating value-added training events and seminars for American manufacturers. VIP Members will also benefit from cooperative marketing efforts when appropriate.

For more information on the new Mazak VIP program, please visit MazakUSA.com/VIP.

About Mazak Corporation
Mazak Corporation is a leader in the design and manufacture of productivity-improving machine tool solutions. Committed to being a partner to customers with innovative technology, its world-class facility in Florence, Kentucky recently initiated a $9 million manufacturing expansion. The facility’s “Production on Demand” manufacturing concept uses the latest in machine tool technologies as part of its lean strategy. Continuous training and development of the workforce has created a “lean” culture, which has created opportunities for continuing growth in America. Mazak maintains eight Technology Centers across North America to provide local hands-on applications, service and sales support to its customers. For more information on Mazak’s products and solutions, visit www.mazakusa.com.

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