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With Many Milestones Being Hit This Year, Here Is a Big One

By: Christina M. Fuges
19. March 2013

This year has been a celebration of many anniversaries for companies serving the mold manufacturing industry with their technology and services. From the American Mold Builder's Association celebrating 40 years to Slide Products on its 60th, here is yet another company hitting a giant milestone with its machine tool technology development-Kitamura Machinery celebrating 80 years.

Founded in 1933, Kitamura Machinery is dedicated to building technically advanced horizontal, vertical and 5-axis machining and has become known and respected for their no-compromises precision and extended floor life even under the most demanding conditions, according to the company.

With its U.S. Corporate Headquarters located in Wheeling, IL, Kitamura provides its products to a diverse customer base worldwide including moldmakers for whom they offer machine tool technology providing more speed, finer finish capability and accuracy as well as five-axis machining, which is ideal for machining complex parts requiring high accuracies and precision mold jobs.

On November 8th of this year, the company will celebrate its 80th Anniversary.  Family owned and operated with Headquarters in Takaoka City, Toyama Pref., Japan, Kitamura Machinery.

“Establishing itself as a manufacturer in 1933, Kitamura began development of our line of Vertical, Horizontal and 5-axis machining centers back in the 1970’s when there were only a few companies worldwide manufacturing machining centers” says Dr. Akihiro Kitamura, President of Kitamura Machinery Co., LTD.  “Now in today’s market, you see hundreds of machine tool manufacturers throughout the world making the same.  Kitamura values the principals of TGA (True Geometric Accuracy) where we fit and finish each machining center by hand to ensure true squareness, parallelism & perpendicularity.  A blend of old world traditions such as craftsmanship in hand scraping and new world advancements result in the superior machine features, heavy duty cutting ability, superior accuracy and long-term reliability that differentiate us from the competition”.  

As a complement to its 80th year in business, Kitamura recently introduced its new Mycenter-G TGA Series.  “With an emphasis on performance, ergonomics and style, Kitamura received the 2012 Good Design Award for our G-Series machining centers, representing products with high quality and usability as well as outstanding machine design” confirms Dr. Kitamura.      

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