DMG, Mori Seiki Combining U.S. Operations

March 11, 2010
Machine tool builders continue to consolidate regional strategies

Machine tool builders DMG and Mori Seiki report they will combine their operation in the U.S., following a recent agreement between parent firms Mori Seiki Co. Ltd. and Gildemeister AG. The change will be effective from April 1, and the combined organization will be known as DMG / Mori Seiki USA.

“The joining of superior technologies and strong sales and service networks brings greater productivity to our customers,” said Dr. Masahiko Mori, CEO of Mori Seiki.

Mori Seiki designs and builds CNC lathes, multi-axis turning centers, vertical and horizontal machining centers, and develops application systems. Gildemeister AG is a holding company for the DMG, Deckel Maho, Gildemeister products, which include turning and milling technology, along with control systems.

The new DMG / Mori Seiki USA will assume responsibility for all product support for all of the product lines. Current DMG machine users will gain increased service as existing product knowledge and expertise is transferred to Mori Seiki and its nationwide distributor network, they state. And, DMG / Mori Seiki will provide after-sales service, spare parts supply, training, and engineering support.

In March 2009, Mori Seiki Co. Ltd. and Gildemeister AG began a global “business and capital collaboration” that linked the two groups in respect to manufacturing, purchasing and machine development, as well as sales and services in selected markets.

Also at that time, each company agreed to a cross-shareholding investment of 5 percent, which meant that Mori Seiki became the largest shareholder in Gildemeister.

In September 2009, Mori Seiki Co. Ltd. announced it would begin sales and service for DMG machine tools in Japan.

Now, according to Dr. Rudiger Kapitza, chairman of the executive board of Gildemeister AG: “Our joint innovative customer focus allows us to approach the challenges posed by the international economic crisis in a more targeted manner and to overcome them.”