Leading manufacturer and supplier of EDM equipment Agie has completed the first phase of a major change to its operations in the United Kingdom. The company moved in February to its new base at Chelmsley Wood, West Midlands, which it shares with the HSM specialist brand Mikron, a recent acquisition to the Agie Charmilles Group.
The move from its former British headquarters at Coleshill, Birmingham, heralds growing co-operation between the Agie and Mikron brands, two major names in their respective markets.
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The second phase of Agie’s relocation will come in 2003, when both brands move to a new purpose-built site in Coventry, adjacent to the facility of Agie Charmilles’ Swiss parent company, Georg Fischer.
While Agie and Mikron will continue to operate independently, the relocation will enable both brands to harness the complementary potential of EDM and HSM technologies to offer turnkey solutions for toolmakers and high-value part makers.
It will also allow the brands to pool support services for Agie and Mikron customers in areas such as consultancy, customer training, and project management.
Agie Charmilles’ UK managing director, Glynn Fletcher, says the move strengthens Agie’s and Mikron’s position as a total system solutions business for a growing range of industries and applications. “This will help us to further build on our position as a total solutions provider,” he says, “and really hit the ground running with the best infrastructure and support available to back our equipment.”