In the two months prior to the MACH exhibition [February and March] XYZ Machine Tools recorded its two best-ever months for machine orders. This may have indicated that customers were pre-empting MACH and getting their orders in early, but this wasn’t the case with the exhibition delivering exceptional sales and enquiries. All of which continues the positive trend for the Devon-based machine tool company.
Machine orders for February and March came to over £7.5 million with £4.5 million being taken in February alone. This figure was helped by an open house at XYZ Machine Tools’ Devon headquarters and a further three orders for its UMC-5X gantry-style, simultaneous five-axis machining centre, the high specification and capability of which is proving extremely popular.
“With these high levels of sales activity preceding MACH there was some slight concern that the exhibition would be quiet, how wrong can you be? From day one our stand was extremely busy and over the week we took orders for 24 machines valued at over £1 million,” says Nigel Atherton, Managing Director, XYZ Machine Tools. “In addition to these firm orders, we also logged 640 enquiries, which will lead to more orders in the coming days, weeks and months. A fantastic result for us and all credit to the entire team at XYZ for making MACH the success it was.”
MACH 2018 saw a number of debuts from XYZ which helped to raise interest, among these were ROBO-TEND, a robot-based automation cell with vision system suitable for use on machining and turning centres that is both modular and mobile, allowing true robot automation to be within the reach of traditional sub-contract engineering businesses; The revolutionary HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printer was also shown by XYZ for the first time, this system can improve 3D printing speeds ten-fold and move the technology into the production environment; the previously mentioned UMC-5X also made its MACH debut along with a number of other machining centres from XYZ’s Linear Rail and Heavy-Duty ranges.