The same is true for the components market. Taiwan’s machine tool component manufacturers produce a large number of critical components, which is far beyond the domestic demand, as world buyers request Taiwanese rotary table, turrets, ATC, tool magazines, and tools for their own production lines. Hence, these components are widely sold to Germany, Japan, and the United States, where the machine tool industry recognizes that Taiwanese products are of high C/P value.
At the core of Taiwan metalworking supplier chain cluster there is one rotary table manufacturer interviewed that focused on the field of machine tools and relevant components since its inception in 1978, and the company can boast of an R&D team that has a comprehensive knowledge on rotary table and power tooling turrets, and design them according to customers’ specifications and demands.
Quality leads to highest market share
Rotary tables produced by the company are mostly adopted in H/V machining center, milling centers and large-sized boring centers. Now 50% of machining center manufacturers adopts the company’s rotary table products and the company produces 350 sets each month, which is a large number compared to the total output of domestic competitors, indicating that the domestic milling machine producers recognize the company’s quality.
Well-known Taiwanese customers included well known M-Team members and Taiwanese owned conglomerate group, while leading Chinese customers are Shenyang Machine Tools Co., Ltd., Shandong Yonghua Machinery Co., Ltd., Dalian Machine Tools Group, and Guangzhou Machine Tool Works Co., Ltd. For these leading machine tool brands, the interviewed company offers rotary table as primary services. For Japanese customers, however, the company is a trusted OEM producer, for brands such as OKUMA and MAZAK.
Commenting on this trust and cooperation, Sales Department supervisor Paul Liu said, “It is highly relevant that we extend our production line, as this is the way to control our product quality. Now 70% of the production lines are in-house and this share is dealt with by high end machine centers that we were prepared to invest in, because we believe that this could promise steady output.”
Today, rotary table products made by the company can be used on 5-axis machines and powers all four: worm gear & shaft, Roller gear cam, hirth coupling, and DD motors. On the accuracy issue, the company can reach to ISO 230.2 standard, which is for Aeronautics and Military industries; the indexing accuracy also reaches to 10 second range, higher than the standardized 15 seconds.
Hybrid power turret
A modern turning center achieves a series of processes based on many components and one of the most critical is the power tooling turret. The company produces 800 sets per month, half of which is sold in Mainland China. The company utilizes Hirth coupling structure to design these power tooling turrets.
Mr. Liu shared that they have an independent OEM department totally responsible for these Japanese partnerships. These OEM services are offered to its Japanese partners, such as TSUGAMI, OKUMA.
Expectations for the future
Mr. Liu recognizes long-term professional development is one important investments that a company can make to reach an even higher level of achievement. Accordingly, the company works with local vocational institutions to develop training programs and with the ongoing partnerships, the company trains students in the industrial setting and introduce them to the company spirit of innovation excellence. The program fosters future operators and researchers and on average, 20% of the participating students become company employees.
The company also has joint venture projects with government-funded metalworking research centers such as PMC in the central Taiwan to develop processing technologies. As the Taiwanese government pours huge resources to help conventional industry to acquire better processing solutions, this indeed helps the company to create value added products for its customers worldwide.
For the coming years, Mr Liu said that the company keeps the current partnership with institutions and research centers in order to create a win-win situation for every party.