An action-packed Makino Technology Week (July 3-7) attracted more than 200 visitors from all over Europe to the Makino Technology Centre in Kirchheim near Stuttgart. The Week began with the Makino Press Conference 2012 for international media representatives, continued with the two-day International Aerospace Forum and finished with Makino Open House 2012, a two-day event open to the general public.
The quality and variety of the Technology Week programme induced many of the those attending to stay for more than one of the events. This was certainly true of the international journalists who came to Kirchheim for the Makino Press Conference 2012 on July 3. Dr. P. Anders Ingemarsson, President and CEO Makino Europe, reported on the fiscal year ending March 31st 2012 and outlined the company's market perspectives while Vice President Uwe Speetzen presented Makino's new product portfolio. Those journalists who stayed on for a few more days made good use of the many opportunities to talk to Makino customers and business partners.
The International Aerospace Forum (July 4-5) met with a very positive response. Over 80 invited guests from Europe's aerospace industry came to hear and see for themselves why Makino machines – the 6-axis T2, 5-axis MAG1 and 5-axis a61nx-5E horizontal machining centres and the 5-axis D500 vertical machining centre – are considered to be the best in the world for specific aerospace applications. Besides case studies from industry experts – Rolf Wei from RUAG on the MAG1, Marek Bujny from ULTRATECH on the D500 and Toni Spezzapria from FLY on the T2 – the two-day Forum featured live demonstrations and practical presentations. The feedback received from participants indicated that their expectations had been fulfilled or even exceeded.
Makino Open House 2012 (July 5-6) rounded off Technology Week 2012. This event, which was mainly aimed at a German-speaking audience, gave visitors the chance to see a wide variety of Makino machines in action at the Makino Show Room in Kirchheim: horizontal and vertical machining centres, wire and sinker EDMs. The programme included several talks given by industry experts, including Klaus Lemke from Triwefo GmbH and Hanspeter Müller from Wick AG, who both provided insider insights into the tool- and mould-making business. Specialists from Makino Europe were on hand to demonstrate applications and answer visitors' questions.
Encouraged by the very positive response to this year's Technology Week from customers, business partners and the press, Makino Europe is already planning a repeat event next year. If you would like to find out more about Technology Week 2013 and other forthcoming Makino events, please click here.