Major coup for 600 Group


Machine tool giant gives its crown jewels a Polish

The latest acquisition by the UK-based machine tool giant, 600 Group, has sent a ripple of excitement through engineering workshops around the world.

The group has purchased a major manufacturing facility at Tarnow in Poland, which was formerly a part of the country’s largest state-owned defence business.

Late last year the managing director of 600 Machine Tools in Sydney, Cliff Purser, was among a party of the Group’s sales staff invited to tour the Polish plant.

The plant, from the top floor to the factory floor is accustomed to working to the exacting MilSpec required by the workshops of Europe’s defence and aerospace industries.

“The addition of this plant and its highlyskilled workforce will reverberate throughout the worldwide Group,” Mr Purser said.

“A blending of the British design legacy, which goes back to 1887, and the traditional skills of these Polish machine-builders, will result in top-quality machine tools with shorter delivery times.”

By this acquisition, the Group strengthened its already strong position in Europe – for many years it has been the Continent’s biggest manufacturer of turning machines. It is now well-positioned to provide machines and support services to customers throughout mainland Europe, raising its profile in all the member countries of the European Economic Community (EEC) – an area with a population in excess of 500 million.

The directors have pledged that further investments will be made in additional production capacity, including high-precision machines for manufacturing conventional Harrison Alpha lathes, a range of slant-bed models from the celebrated Colchester company that have been delivering reliability, flexibility, and precision in engineering workshops around the world for decades.

The lathes built in Poland are to incorporate the latest design innovations. For example, the Tarnow factory has exceptional facilities for hardening lathe beds. This will result in the bed of the Colchester/Harrison lathes being significantly harder than most other turning machines currently available in the global marketplace.

The facility already enjoys a high level of vertical integration, and its skilled workforce of 200 tradesmen is accustomed to working to unusually high specs. The plant is noted for the excellence of the machine tools it produces.

Even some of the precision-obsessed German suppliers buy machines from this factory and re-brand them.

Mr Purser said: “The 600 Group has always believed in telling its customers exactly what they are buying. Machines to British specifications have been built in Europe. And customers around the world have always been invited to evaluate the accuracy, reliability and quality of 600 Group Machines.

“The company is focused on delivering what  each customer needs, at a sensible price and within a realistic time-frame, Mr Purser added.

“Whatever performance level is required, the Group can supply the right machine from its worldwide resources.

“These are exciting times for companies around Australasia and SE Asia and, as the financial crisis continues to be steadily overcome, workshop managers will again be seeking the holy grail – additional capacity and greater productivity at a reasonable price. That is why I am urging workshop managers to enquire about the Colchester/Harrison range.”

In the South Pacific region, 600 Machine Tools provides sales, service, and support in all
of Australia’s major cities.

As well as machines manufactured by 600-owned companies, it offers such globally respected brands as YCM turning centres, TOS Varnsdorf mills and borers, Joemars EDMs, Equiptop grinders, and MTE machining centres.

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