Mazak Certifies Kennametal as Newest VIP Partner

Mazak Corporation recently announced that Kennametal Inc., a leading provider of custom and standard wear-resistant solutions, is the newest member of the Mazak Value Inspired Partner (VIP) program. Created to provide manufacturers with total solutions, the VIP program promotes higher levels of cooperation among companies offering complementary technologies for Mazak machines.

Mazak Corporation recently announced that Kennametal Inc., a leading provider of custom and standard wear-resistant solutions, is the newest member of the Mazak Value Inspired Partner (VIP) program. Created to provide manufacturers with total solutions, the VIP program promotes higher levels of cooperation among companies offering complementary technologies for Mazak machines.

As a Value Inspired Partner, Kennametal will collaborate with Mazak on R&D and integration efforts to create more innovative products and turnkey processes for the U.S. manufacturing market. The two companies will also work together to create training programs and seminars on a broad range of manufacturing topics for presentation at Mazak technology events across the country. This includes Kennametal’s participation in DISCOVER 2013, a technology and education event taking place Oct. 8 - 16 at Mazak Corporation headquarters in Florence, Ky.     

“Kennametal’s reputation as a technology leader spans more than seven decades, and it is a pleasure to welcome them into our VIP program,” said Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation. “The VIP program reflects our ongoing commitment to providing the best possible comprehensive solutions for boosting our customers’ productivity and profitability. Therefore, we select only those companies that meet the stringent standards of the program, and Kennametal is the exact representation of what it means to be a Mazak VIP.”

Launched in 2010, the Mazak VIP program brings together reputable producers of complementary technologies for Mazak machines. In order to become a Mazak VIP, members must exceed customer expectations in terms of products, services and support as well as maintain a culture of ethical business practices.     

“It is an honor to be recognized by Mazak as a VIP partner,” said John Tucker, vice president and president of the industrial business segment for Kennametal Inc. “We have a long, successful history of working closely together with Mazak to deliver engineered solutions to our mutual customers worldwide. This VIP designation takes our partnership to the next level. We are excited to help deliver end-to-end total solutions and training that will allow manufacturers to better compete in the global marketplace.”

Headquartered in Latrobe, Pa., Kennametal has operations in more than 60 countries with nearly 13,000 employees worldwide. Through its milling, holemaking, turning, threading solutions and tooling systems, the company delivers productivity to customers seeking peak performance in the most demanding environments.