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Matsuura - Machining Partnership at the AFRC

Tier 1 Partner

The University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) has agreed a tier one partnership with Matsuura Machinery Limited, aiming to accelerate the use of innovative machine tool technologies that can save significant costs across sectors such as aerospace and oil and gas.

As a core feature of this partnership, Matsuura will provide support in kind, supplying an MX-520 5-axis Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining centre, which will widen the scope of what the AFRC can do for customers using different materials across a number of industries.  

Matsuura’s state of the art CNC technology will allow the AFRC to develop processes using difficult to machine alloys, resulting in productivity increases across research projects that offer real-world industry applications and significant cost benefits.

Working closely with the AFRC’s machining and additive team, Matsuura will enhance its growing and significant presence in Scotland while gaining access to the centre’s vast network, which includes global manufacturers and growing local businesses.

A company that goes back to 1935 in Japan, Matsuura has its UK HQ in Leicestershire.  Scotland based Matsuura Area Manager Barry Pender will spend time at the AFRC, imparting industry knowledge and meeting with Scottish firms to discuss Matsuura’s advances in CNC technology and the benefits it can bring.  

The AFRC has received the latest version of Matsuura’s industry-leading MX-520 5-axis CNC machining centre, their fastest selling machine in their UK history. The MX-520 is primarily aimed at companies making the transition from 3 to 5-axis operations, although established customers for their automated and unmanned 5 axis products have also invested heavily in this platform.

Stephen Fitzpatrick, Manufacturing and Additive Team Lead at the AFRC, said: “We are delighted to bring Matsuura on as a tier one partner and look forward to collaborating with them on innovative CNC focused projects.

“Matsuura will also enjoy significant benefits from the new partnership. The firm will gain access to our network, which includes Rolls-Royce and Boeing, as well as many future focused smaller companies.”

Roger Howkins, Managing Director of Matsuura Machinery Ltd, said: “Matsuura is delighted to announce our partnership with the prestigious AFRC. Scottish manufacturing and engineering are seeing a true renaissance, not only with the recovery of traditional heavy engineering but also in high value new industries.

These companies and institutions are helping to create the components, products & technologies of tomorrow in a very diverse range of materials. Matsuura has seen significant growth of customers in Scotland and we are sure our association with the AFRC will bring our state of the art machining and 3D printing products to a wider audience.”


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