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Haas sees growth in Europe through simple machining solutions

Hanover, Germany – Haas Automation Inc. expects to have growth of nearly 30% this year in its European markets, despite the fact that those markets are relatively flat, according to Peter Hall, managing director for Europe for the U.S.-based company.

Hall says his company’s goal as being the machine tool maker for “Everyman” continues to lead to strong sales growth even in markets that are not robust. Speaking in an interview at the EMO 2005 trade show, Hall claimed that 80% of all machined parts can be made on his company’s relatively low-cost, low-technology machines, and that the 40% market share the company has in the U.S. is proof of his statement and the value of the machines Haas has been producing since 1988.

The company provides price tags on all of its machines, and offers its five-axis, CNC “Super Mini Mill,” a small-scale machining center, for $30,000. Hall says the company’s machines are not overly sophisticated, but that they are reliable and competent to perform almost any machining task.

Haas exhibited a full line of 30 machines at the EMO trade show, including a larger vertical machining centre aimed at mould makers; a new horizontal machining centre, a new, extended-Y-axis vertical machining centre: To meet the needs of shops wanting additional Y-axis travel without stepping up to a much larger machining center, Haas Automation, Inc., introduces two new extended Y-travel vertical machining centers, and, its ultra-compact rotary tables that are designed for small machining centers.

The company claims it has installed more than 50,000 CMC machine tools at plants around the world in its 18 years, and its product range has expected to include nearly 50 models of vertical machining centers, 13 models of turning centers, 13 models of horizontal machining centers, and more than 45 models of 4- and 5-axis rotary tables.

Additional information about Haas Automation Inc. and its products can be had at its Internet site,
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