PM News: Maxim International Changes Name

Maxim International, a Gosiger company, has reintroduced itself as Gosiger Import.

Maxim International Changes Name

Maxim International, a Gosiger company, has reintroduced itself as Gosiger Import. The name change evolved in order to more properly align the industrial machine importing division of Gosiger Inc. By being more closely associated, customers and partners alike can expect the backing of the Gosiger family of companies and the individual capabilities of each entity.

The name change does not affect the current line of machines imported and distributed, which includes the Euroturn multi-spindle automatic lathes, BTB CNC transfer machines and Nomura CNC Swiss-type lathes. For more information visit Gosiger Import's PM Online Showroom.

Agie Charmilles will combine its Agie, Charmilles and Mikron brands with a new brand identity, known as GF AgieCharmilles. This unification will allow the company to offer EDM, high-speed and high-performance machining, all in one brand.

From now on, all EDM and high-speed and high-performance machining centers offered by Agie Charmilles will bear the GF AgieCharmilles brand name. For more information visit Agie Charmilles PM Online Showroom.

Fanuc Robotics America, Inc. recently celebrated its 25th anniversary during an employee event at the company’s 375,000 square-foot headquarters and Customer Technology Center in Rochester Hills, Michigan.

“The foundation of our success stems from having a team of knowledgeable and experienced experts in the field of robotic automation, combined with the world’s most intelligent and reliable robots, software and controls,” says Rick Schneider, president and CEO. “We’re especially grateful to Dr. Eng. Seiuemon Inaba, honorary chairman of Fanuc Ltd., for his vision and leadership for a quarter century.” For more information visit Fanuc's PM Online Showroom.

Hardinge of Canada announced the grand opening of its new Canadian Technical Center in Mississauga, Ontario, on September 12. The 15,000-square-foot technical center will support the full complement of Hardinge lathes, turning centers and workholding industrial products as well as equipment under the names Kellenberger, Hauser, Tschudin and Tripet. The facility will stock a full complement of machines, repair parts, collets, tooling and industrial products. “It’s our goal to be closer to this vital North American market to better partner with our neighbors to the north,” says Doug Tifft, president of Hardinge of Canada. “This building and the team behind it represent Hardinge’s long-term commitment to manufacturers in Canada.” For more information visit Hardinge's PM Online Showroom.

As its 20th anniversary approaches, KRC, formerly known as Kentucky Rebuild Corp., is now KRC Machine Tool Services. What drove the name change was the fact that the marketplace has undergone a change in needs. Jeffrey K. Wilmink, vice president—sales and marketing, says, “We see an increasing need for post-machine-sale service and maintenance, including complete machine tool services (insurance, appraisals, maintenance, alignments, machine moves and more). Contact the company at (888) 4-KRC-MTS.

Planit, a vendor of industrial CAM, has announced that several key appointments were made at the director level. Raf Lobato was appointed as global development director in the metalworking space. Peter Roost was appointed as global marketing director. Chris Aston has been appointed as Global Operations Director. Contact Planit by visiting www.planit.com.

On October 9, CMM manufacturer Wenzel GmbH of Germany, dedicates its new 24,000-square-foot North American manufacturing facility in Wixom, Michigan. The two-story building houses the company’s administrative and engineering offices, the production operation for the X-Orbit and LH Series of bridge-style CMMs and a customer training and demonstration facility. A second facility that houses the CMM remanufacturing operations of Xspect Solutions is also close by. For more information visit Wenzel's PM Online Showroom.

AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology announces a new theme and logo for IMTS 2008. The theme, “Connecting Global Technology,” is meaningful as IMTS brings together the worldwide manufacturing community to showcase the latest technologies in metalworking. The new logo features a subtle image of a globe with a spark on the horizon. For more information visit AMT's PM Online Showroom.