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NEIL VINE BRINGS TOOLING EXPERTISE TO CITIZEN MACHINERY’S NORTH EAST SALES

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

With a previous history in the tooling sector having the role as key account manager, Neil Vine 42 has been appointed by Citizen Machinery UK (CMUK) to cover the central Midlands area east of Sheffield up to Lincoln and to Hitchin in the south representing both the Citizen Cincom sliding head and Miyano fixed head turn-mill centres.

Said Deputy Managing Director Darren Wilkins: “Neil brings a strong commercial management and customer development history to CMUK. He has a long history in the tooling sector so will be a valuable asset working closely with customers and our applications team in maintaining our ‘cost-per-part’ purchase justification operations.”

In previous roles, Mr Vine has been involved in managing and creating a strategy for regional tooling sales while working on key accounts involving UK project based tooling operations with responsibility for over £1 million turnover from just three customers.

He said: “With my commercial background and process knowledge I was deeply involved in educating buyers and negotiating price structures especially involving exotic material machining in the aerospace, power generation and mining sectors.” (more…)


CITIZEN BREAKS SALES RECORDS AT MACH WITH 46 ORDERS WORTH £6.3 MILLION

Friday, April 27th, 2018

Citizen Machinery UK (CMUK) left MACH 2018 exhibition on a high with 46 machine orders worth over £6.3 million directly linked to the show of which 18 were confirmed and concluded during the week and a further 28 pending final specification agreement, application discussions or financial approval.

Said Managing Director Edward James: “This was an important endorsement to the activities of the new management team and especially rewarding to the effort put in by everyone in the company to achieve record exhibition sales at a UK event.”

He then recollected how this rolls on from the new team’s success in 2017. He said: “We achieved a record year in sales, the first quarter of 2018 set a further standard and the Japanese recognition of the business strategy has been rubber stamped with the setting up of our £2 million new CMUK facility with 600 m2 showroom in the West Midlands. This is in addition to our headquarters in Bushey, Watford.”

Important in the new order placements were totally new customers to the Citizen Cincom sliding head and Miyano fixed head technology. Said Deputy Managing Director Darren Wilkins: “Of orders placed so far from the show or are under final discussions, 14 involved totally new customers. I also want to endorse the reaction to our patented Low Frequency Vibration (LFV) technology demonstrated on Cincom L20 and L12 machines plus the first introduction to the Miyano range through the BNA-42GTYLFV. In total, 18 orders were taken at the show for LFV machines worth some £1.9 million.” (more…)


CITIZEN MACHINERY UK APPOINTS SAM NOTTAGE-McNEICE AS EUROPEAN SALES MANAGER

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

Citizen Machinery UK has appointed Sam Nottage-McNeice as European Sales Manager responsible for co-ordinating distributor operations that come under the Citizen Machinery UK (CMUK) network to include France, Portugal, Spain, Scandinavia the Middle East and Africa.

Said Deputy Managing Director Darren Wilkins: “We are progressively looking for younger people for our team in the UK and Sam is a prime example of a young, enthusiastic and ideally qualified engineer, able to work with the principles and CEOs of distributors that come under our responsibility, as well as having to report to Japan.”

Following an engineering background as an avionics technician in the REME, he spent six years in machine tool sales before joining CMUK. The machine tool exports from CMUK has seen significant growth during 2017 with more than 300 machines being installed and as with the UK market, each dealership had a record year of trading. This increased activity contributed to an important increase in market share. Meanwhile, forecasts are proving very strong that this trend will continue through 2018.

As in the UK, sales of Low Frequency Vibration (LFV) technology machines has given a massive international boost to Citizen’s Cincom sliding head machine sales as it is being progressively introduced across the range including the company’s Miyano fixed head turn-mill centres. (more…)


GEOFF BRYANT RETIRES FROM CITIZEN MACHINERY AFTER CREATING BUSINESS PLATFORM FOR RECORD SALES (NEW)

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

A pre-Christmas gathering at Citizen Machinery UK of 79 employees, spouses and partners, plus a group of long-serving retired employees and specialist suppliers celebrated Geoff Bryant’s 43 years of service, of which 25 were given to the company as managing director.

Significant in the last 12 months in his departure planning role, which involved liaison and progressive hand-over to the new management team of Edward James as MD, Darren Wilkins Deputy MD and Jon Hart as Finance Director, was a record breaking year of trading for the Bushey based business supporting the ranges of Citizen Cincom CNC sliding head and Miyano fixed head turn-mill centres.

Said Mr James: “I must compliment Geoff who has set such a high standard and raised the profile of the business over so many years. He has created an enviable platform that enables us to further develop the company and its people, in particular involving keen younger employees. This will enable us to provide customers with the level of support that such a high technology based product deserves.” (more…)


CITIZEN LAUNCHES CINCOM D25 SLIDING HEADSTOCK TURN-MILL CENTRE WITH TRIPLE X-, Y- AND Z-AXES PLUS B-AXIS AT MACH 2018

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Stand No: H20-570

MACH 2018 NEC Birmingham 9-13 April 2018

The next generation of Citizen’s advanced CNC system featuring touch screen and qwerty keyboard is to be launched at MACH 2018 as a key feature on the new Cincom D25-VIII and -VII sliding headstock turn-mill centre. Operational flexibility is maximised for complex cycles with two gang vertical toolposts each with X-, Y- and Z- axes and one with a B-axis capable of both front and back machining. In addition there is a back toolpost and opposite toolpost with a tool capacity of up to 59 tools with the added advantage of removable guide bush for more economic material use on shorter components.

The Cincom D25-VIII is configured as a 10-axis sliding headstock 25 mm capacity machine which also incorporates the added flexibility of 0 to 135 deg swivelling B-axis. This swivel axis is incorporated within the first (X1, Y1, Z1) axis gang toolpost capable of holding four double-sided driven spindles to service both the main and sub-spindles.

In addition, a second gang toolpost (X2, Y2, Z2) is able to work independently or simultaneously with the (X1, Y1, Z1) toolpost to overlap for instance, rough or finish turning operations or apply in unison, drilling or milling based cycles. (more…)


GEOFF BRYANT RETIRES FROM CITIZEN MACHINERY AFTER CREATING BUSINESS PLATFORM FOR RECORD SALES

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

A pre-Christmas gathering at Citizen Machinery UK of 79 employees, spouses and partners, plus a group of long-serving retired employees and specialist suppliers celebrated Geoff Bryant’s 43 years of service, of which 25 were given to the company as managing director.

Significant in the last 12 months in his departure planning role, which involved liaison and progressive hand-over to the new management team of Edward James as MD, Darren Wilkins Deputy MD and Jon Hart as Finance Director, was a record breaking year of trading for the Bushey based business supporting the ranges of Citizen Cincom CNC sliding head and Miyano fixed head turn-mill centres.

Said Mr James: “I must compliment Geoff who has set such a high standard and raised the profile of the business over so many years. He has created an enviable platform that enables us to further develop the company and its people, in particular involving keen younger employees. This will enable us to provide customers with the level of support that such a high technology based product deserves.” (more…)


Citizen invites customers to turn-milling technology showcase at annual open house

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

3 to 5 October 2017, Bushey, Watford

Citizen Machinery UK’s Annual Open House event being staged between 3 and 5 October will feature a pre-launch preview of Citizen’s latest generation Cincom D25 sliding headstock, a 10-axis CNC turn-mill centre, with new control, two gang and a back tool post plus B-axis with 59 tool capacity.

In addition, amongst 12 Citizen and Miyano machines to be installed at the showcase event will be the UK launch of the widely acclaimed Low Frequency Vibration (LFV) technology now available on the smaller capacity Cincom L12-VIIILFV. This additional model is the next phase of the machine tool builder’s programme to extend this production advantage across its product range following its UK launch on the L20 machine type during 2016.

Visitors to the UK headquarters at Bushey, Watford, will also be able to discuss face-to-face, confidential finance support to help with future investment plans involving machines from the Citizen Cincom and Miyano fixed head turn-mill centres ordered during the event.

The Cincom D25-VIII has a 135 deg B-axis incorporated within its first gang tool post for complex feature machining at both the main and sub-spindles and also features a Z-axis with the second gang tool post enabling simultaneous balanced cutting with the first gang tool post. (more…)


Citizen introduces integrated laser cutting breakthrough as part of CNC sliding head cycle

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Citizen Machinery’s fully integrated laser processing into the turn-milling cycle of its Cincom CNC sliding head turn-mill centres enables near endless possibilities for the creation of geometric shapes or precision holes into solid bar material which has been pre-drilled within the same production cycle or directly into tubular bar material.

The development opens the metal cutting production process to producing burr-free holes as small as 0.2 mm diameter, produce features such as spiral cuts with 0.025 mm kerf width and maintain consistent and accurate radii less than 0.1 mm in corners of slots without any risk of tool wear or breakage. These can also be produced at a far faster rate than can be achieved by a separate EDM process, for instance.

The Citizen Cincom breakthrough opens new design concepts, in particular in sectors such as medical, electronic and micro industries where the speedy, accurate, highly flexible and reliable Citizen CNC sliding head machine can be integrated with the gains and advantages of non-contact laser operations. Laser cutting can offer quick and accurate ‘swarfless’ cutting, the minimisation of any chance of material deflection due to cutting force reaction and the highly precise production of special shapes and forms.

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LFV TECHNOLOGY WINS FOR SWARF CONTROL OF MACHINING PLASTICS COMPONENTS

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Plastic Turned Parts (PTP) was the first company in the UK to install a Citizen CNC sliding head turn-mill centre incorporating the patented Low Frequency Vibration (LFV) machining technology and as a result has been able to totally eliminate swarf control problems in producing thousands of plastics components.

Said Managing Director Jonathan Newis: “For us, the development of LFV has transformed our turn-milling operations so we can now confidently progress the business and operate the Citizen bar machine from pressing the start button rather than having to continually interrupt the cycle to clear troublesome birds nesting of plastics swarf.”

Mr Newis describes LFV as being especially effective on deep hole drilling and said: “We have totally eliminated any clogging of drill flutes. Previously we often had to set the machines with two or even three drills due to swarfing problems but we can now go straight to depth with a single tool and the flutes are completely clean.”

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New lights shine on Citizen’s latest technology in UK headquarter showroom

Friday, November 11th, 2016

citizen-showroom

Citizen Machinery has replaced its showroom lighting with the latest Waldmann Lighting Acaneo Highbay Luminaire LED system that not only provides glare-free lighting across the whole working area but also has enabled the previous nine 400 watt units to be replaced with energy saving 160 watt LEDs. In addition, the new system will reduce maintenance costs with an LED life of 60,000 hours as against the previous mercury based system which involved annual replacement.

Said Managing Director Geoff Bryant: “Waldmann is based about a mile from our offices in Bushey and is already a supplier to Citizen for its machine lighting. The company had taken a stand at MACH 2016 at the NEC in April when I recognised the name as I walked past. This coincided with our plans to upgrade our air conditioning and lighting at our headquarters and led to quotations and order placement very soon cheap cymbalta prescription after the show.”

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