April 22, 2022
Takamatsu Machinery, one of the famous CNC lathe builders, has built a new “Asahi factory”, in Hakusan, Ishikawa Prefecture, which started operations on April 4, 2022. The company positions this new plant as its “flagship factory,” and will use the start of operations at the plant as an opportunity to increase machine tool production. The company aims to achieve sales of 30 billion yen in the future by utilizing the Asahi factory.
TAKAMAZ positions its newly built “Asahi factory”, located near its main plant, as its “flagship factory”.
This new factory is responsible for the assembly of its mainstay customized machines and turnkey systems. It has a site area of 36,000 square meters and the total floor area of 11,000 square meters. The investment amount is about 3.2 billion yen. Approximately 150 manufacturing, sales and other employees will work there.
The company announced the construction plan of the Asahi factory in 2019. The year before that, 2018, was a year when the entire machine tool industry was booming. The company was no exception, with record sales of 22.65 billion yen in the fiscal year ended March 2019.
However, at the time, the company handled the entire process from parts machining to assembly at its headquarters factory, which led to a tight supply and demand situation and prolonged delivery times. President Soichiro Takamatsu recalls, “We wanted to build a new plant at all costs so that we would not inconvenience our customers in terms of delivery times. Although the construction schedule was delayed for about a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asahi factory finally went into operation in April of this year”.
The company aims to utilize this new factory to increase production and achieve sales of 30 billion yen in the future. The company has also left room to expand its assembly area in anticipation of future growth. “Sales do not grow all at once after building a plant. We must expand our production facilities and human resources, as well as further strengthen our procurement capabilities,” commented President Takamatsu.
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