Mazak Certifies Renishaw for VIP Technology Partnership Program

Florence, Kentucky, Florence, Kentucky, October 29, 2010 ­ – Mazak has announced that Renishaw, a world leader in metrology and precision technologies, was recently certified as a Mazak Value Inspired Partner (VIP). Created to support customers and provide comprehensive manufacturing solutions, the VIP program promotes higher levels of cooperative partnership among companies offering complementary manufacturing products. Renishaw will provide machine tool probing and calibration systems and its extensive expertise to the VIP program.

“Strategic partnerships, like the Mazak VIP program, ultimately benefit the customer,” says Leo Somerville, president of Renishaw, Inc. “Combining technological and intellectual resources increases the rate of innovation, and allows us to provide optimized, tailored solutions.”

Mazak launched its VIP program in August 2010. Inclusion in the VIP program requires a company to provide products and services that transcend traditional supplier relationships and meet the following criteria:

  • Be a recognized leader with unique, innovative and high quality products
  • Provide extensive pre- and post-sales support
  • Add value to customer processes and provide system solutions
  • Maintain a culture of ethical business standards and practices

“Renishaw has long demonstrated itself to be a true partner to manufacturers,” says Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation. “The company's commitment to constant innovation made it an ideal candidate for inclusion in the VIP program. We're proud to welcome Renishaw as a member.”

Members of the VIP program will work with Mazak to coordinate product development efforts, foster innovation and create comprehensive customer training spanning a broad range of topics. For more information on the new Mazak VIP program, please visit For further information on Renishaw, please visit

About Mazak Optonics Corporation

Mazak Optonics Corporation is a major supplier of laser-cutting systems, offering 50 laser models and leading the industry in the implementation of emerging laser technologies. The company’s 50,000 sq. ft. North American Headquarters are located in Elgin, Illinois, and feature a 30,000 sq. ft. laser technology center housing up to 18 machines for demonstrations and training. Mazak Optonics is part of Yamazaki Mazak Corporation (Oguchi, Japan), the global leader for the manufacture of machine tools and systems for the precision machining of metal parts, including CNC turning centers, horizontal and vertical machining centers, Multi-Tasking machining centers, turnkey cells and software solutions. The North American Headquarters for Yamazaki Mazak are located in Florence, Kentucky. For more information on Mazak Optonics’ products and solutions, visit, email or call 847.252.4500.