Deal signed for FITMA-Latin America

Gardner Business Media and the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) have signed a co-operation agreement to organise, produce and promote FITMA, Latin America’s premier manufacturing trade show connecting contract manufacturers, OEMs and equipment technology suppliers from around the world. After its successful launch in 2022, the first biennial FITMA event to operate in partnership between Gardner Business Media and AMT will debut in June 2023 in Mexico City.

Rick Kline Jr, president of Gardner Business Media, says: “After a successful launch of FITMA in 2022, the addition of AMT’s work with us going forward is going to accelerate the growth of this event and help us build a major metalworking opportunity in Mexico and for all of Latin America.”
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Exceptional three days at Subcon

Subcon returned to the NEC, Birmingham on 7-9 June 2022, where the 45th celebration of the event saw a massive 30% increase in visitor numbers compared with 2021. Co-location with The Engineer Expo and Manufacturing Management Show ensured there was plenty to discover, with over 200 international and British exhibitors for visitors to source solutions from and discover new products. Exhibitors mirrored the feelings of success with 50% already re-booking their stands for next year, and 10% upgrading their stand size. Subcon will return on 7-8 June 2023.
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Too few aware of super deduction tax relief

In a new survey conducted by auction specialist BPI Auctions, only one in eight (12%) of those questioned said they were aware of the super deduction tax break. The support runs until 31 March 2023 and enables companies to claim a 130% capital allowance on qualifying plant and machinery investments, along with a 50% first-year allowance for qualifying special rate assets. The super deduction also allows businesses to cut their taxes by up to 25p for every £1 they invest.

David Boulton, managing director at BPI Auctions, says: “The super deduction tax break is a significant support to businesses across the manufacturing and engineering sectors, especially those that have been affected most in the past two years. If you’re looking to take advantage of the relief to upgrade your plant and equipment, disposing of used or old items through online auctions is an efficient and easy way to raise funds quickly.”
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Mazak installs another Studer grinder

Having used Studer grinding machines for its high-precision grinding tasks for many years, machine tool manufacturer Mazak recently installed a Studer S41 CNC universal cylindrical grinding machine at the company’s Worcester-based European manufacturing plant.

On the rare occasion that the need for a machine tool cannot by satisfied from Mazak’s product portfolio, the required production aid is submitted to a rigorous selection procedure. When comparing the offerings from five leading grinding machine manufacturers, this list included: high-precision dimensional and surface finish capabilities, efficiency, flexibility, and thread-grinding abilities.

Having carefully evaluated each machine, it was found that only the Studer S41 CNC universal cylindrical grinding machine met, and in some cases exceeded, Mazak’s list of operational criteria. Furthermore, the levels of support previously provided by Studer and the company’s UK agent, Micronz, aided Mazak’s purchasing decision.

“Our new Studer S41 will be used for the highly precise external grinding of various components, including parts that have single figure micron dimensional tolerances, such as our spindles,” explains Michal Saletra, new investment lead for the UK at Mazak. “In addition, many of our components have demanding geometric and surface finish specifications, including parameters such as roundness and roughness. As all of these attributes require grinding to an extremely high degree of accuracy, we have been very impressed with the highly-precise results, and the speed and ease of operation of our new S41 machine.”

He adds: “Another major reason for the Studer S41’s purchase was its ability to very accurately and efficiently grind external threads. Previously we were using a subcontractor for much of this work.”
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Latest ITC catalogue

Industrial Tooling Corporation (ITC) has published the latest edition of its tapping and threading catalogue. Issue 7 of the catalogue features a series of innovations for 2022 with a range of UK manufactured carbide thread mills appearing alongside the latest taps from Widia and Bass Tools. Indeed, the latest publication includes an expanded thread-mill range that now features full form thread mills, mini thread mills and a new range of single-point thread mills. The latest products added to the publication are capable of producing threads at 2xD and 3xD.
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