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Release date: 18 October 2013

“That was the best EMO show we have had. We achieved our main goal at the show, with a record for serious new enquiries by visitors from all over the world and we are extremely confident of converting a high proportion of these into significant new business” said 600 UK Sales Director Howard Bamforth. Machines on the 600 UK stand at EMO, included Colchester and Harrison’s world famous conventional centre lathes, Alpha combination CNC lathes, and the new Tornado CNC production lathe.  As in previous years, many orders were received directly at the stand including, at the show outset, the exhibited Alpha 1400XS manual / CNC lathe which was ordered by Norman Precision of Gloucester – adding another 600 UK machine tool to its existing trio of Harrison lathes. Making its debut at EMO 2013 was the all new Tornado T2M compact 3-axis turning centre, which has been designed to handle even smaller complex parts than previously, and is equipped with full C axis, spindle disc brake, and driven tooling to make radial and axial milling, drilling, boring, and tapping easier than ever. The T2M provides an even more robust manufacturing platform than its predecessor, ensuring greater accuracy and reliability than ever before. The new models incorporate the Fanuc OiTD control system, with Colchesters’ unique bespoke Manual Guide i features, and its 100% conversational programming system.  These features reduce the need for ISO programming knowledge, and ensure that this production lathe is one of the simplest CNC turning centres available in the market today. Additionally, the Tornado range now has a new Bar Production Package option for its CNC lathes. The Gripfast combination power chuck from Pratt Burnerd International (PBI) was also launched at EMO and proved to be a real winner with existing and prospective customers from many countries, with many placing orders at the show. This chuck comes into its own when used on production CNC turning centres for medium to small batch production, helping operators to increase productivity with minimal non-machining time. It is currently used, as standard, on Colchester Lathes’ new Tornado CNC production turning centres, ensuring high speed, high accuracy turning, with rapid component changeover. Additionally, Gamet Bearings attracted many new international enquiries for its high-precision tapered roller bearings from some major machine tool manufacturers, particularly from their larger bearing ranges. 600 UK’s Managing Director, Mike Berry, said “I have attended all EMO exhibitions since the early 1980s and this show was notable by the positive interest shown and number of actual order placements by both our distributors and end users in all 600 UK products.”   RELEASE ENDS    Photo: 600 UK Sales Director with Kevin Norman of Norman Precision, Gloucester with their new Harrison Alpha 1400 XS manual / CNC lathe at EMO Hannover.

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.  

For further information please contact:

Howard Bamforth, Sales Director – 600 UK Union Street, Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, WF16 0HL

Tel: +44 (0) 1924 415000

Fax: +44 (0) 1924 415011

E-mail: hbamforth@600uk.com

Web: http://www.600uk.com/

Prepared by: Philip Cullen, Group Marketing Manager Union Street, Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, WF16 0HL

Tel: +44 (0) 1924 415000

Fax: +44 (0) 1924 415011

E-mail: pcullen@600uk.com

Web: www.600uk.com