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600 UKs MACH Success

Release date: 15 May 2014


600 UK’s MACH Success


600 UK took a record number of enquiries at this year’s MACH 2014, doubling those registered from the previous show two years ago.  Significantly up was the number of orders for new machines and components received on the stand.


These achievements were reinforced by the successful launch of the new Tornado EL CNC production turning centre range, which is specifically designed for operators to go back to basics and cut metal with little fuss.  The Tornado has always enjoyed a strong reputation for high quality, competitively priced production CNC turning machines and the EL model continues this tradition.


Additionally, the Pratt Burnerd Gripfast Combination Power Chuck was also exhibited for the first time at MACH 2014.  The Gripfast Combination Power Chuck is a unique innovation, providing CNC lathe customers with a chuck, a collet chuck and a mandrel chuck, all combined in the one unit, which can be switched between operating modes within a matter of seconds.


Aside from the main stand, 600UK ‘s additional stand in the education and training zone, partnered with RK International, was equally a great success. Displaying the world renown Colchester Student manual lathe, 600 UK took enquiries from leading UTC’s, Universities and industry.


Howard Bamforth, 600 UK Sales Director commented “There was a huge buzz about this year’s MACH.  Even beforehand, we felt that there was great anticipation leading up to the show and the number of new visitors to our stand didn’t disappoint and our sales team is now busy following up the many hot leads we received directly from the show.”


“We were especially pleased with the reaction to the range of new Colchester Tornado EL CNC Turning Centres and Pratt Burnerd Gripfast Combination Power chucks, totally designed and manufactured in the UK, at our facility in Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire.”




Note to Editors


The 600 Group PLC (“the Group”) is a diversified engineering group with three principal areas of activity:


Machine Tools – the business has a strong reputation in the market for metal turning machines. Products range from small conventional machines for education markets, CNC workshop machines and CNC production machines.  The manufacturing footprint is supported by selected outsourcing partners and machines are marketed through the Group’s wholly owned international sales organisation.


Precision Engineered Components – machine spares are distributed to customers globally to help maintain the installed base of group machines which number in excess of 100,000.  Additionally work holding products and taper roller bearings are sold via specialist distributors to OEMs including other machine builders.


Laser Marking – laser marking is a technologically superior alternative to inkjet marking.  It requires no consumables and can operate on a continuous high speed basis when integrated into customers’ production lines.  The business has its own technology and proprietary software.  Customer applications are diverse and range from telecommunications to pharmaceuticals.  The requirement for increased product and component traceability is one of the market drivers.