Yamazaki Mazak was founded in 1919 in Nagoya Japan by Sadakichi Yamazaki as a small company making pots and pans. During the 1920s it progressed through mat-making machinery to woodworking machinery to metalworking machinery, especially lathes. After WW2 in the 1950s and 1960s, under the founder's sons, Yamazaki revived, and during the 1960s it established itself as an exporter to the American market. During the 1970s and 1980s Mazak equipment established a larger onshore presence in the U.S., including tool-building operations. Since then it has become one of the most important companies in the global machine tool market.
Mazak has its global HQ in Oguchi Tokyo and manufacturing plants in Seiko and Mirokamu in Japan and has production centers in Kentucky USA, UK, Singapore and China. It has established a network of technology centers throughout the world, in Thailand, Houston USA, Czech Republic, China and Poland. The USA operation was originally created in 1968 in New York but was re-established in Florence, Kentucky in 1974 and is the center of the company’s tool-building operation. The company employs over 8,000 people in Japan alone with a further 5,000 globally.
Mazak equipment ranges include a variety of machinery designed to make metalworking processes more efficient. They make lathes of all sizes, vertical machining centres, horizontal machining centres, milling machines, CNC machines, laser processing machines, flexible manufacturing systems and machine tools for mass production. Mazak equipment ranges are used across many industries, including manufacturing and construction.