Mazak Certifies Seco Tools for VIP Technology Partnership Program

Florence, Kentucky, June 2, 2011 – Mazak today announced that it has certified Seco Tools, a leading provider of metalcutting solutions for milling, turning, holemaking, and toolholding, as a new member of Mazak’s Value Inspired Partners (VIP) program. The new program from Mazak was created to inspire and foster higher levels of cooperation among producers of complementary products to provide manufacturers with total solutions.

Unlike other partnership programs in the industry, Mazak’s VIP program is highly selective, and reflects the company’s ongoing commitment to providing its customers with total manufacturing solutions. To provide increased value to Mazak customers, membership in the VIP program requires a company to provide products and services that transcend traditional supplier relationships.

Collaborating on R&D and integration efforts, the VIP program fosters a high level of cooperation and technological integration that moves well beyond individual pieces of equipment. Stemming from Mazak’s commitment to meet the need for more comprehensive solutions, the VIP program brings together producers of complementary manufacturing technology to create moreinnovative products and processes. The program also fuels development of comprehensive training solutions for manufacturers across all market segments.

“When selecting a company to participate in the VIP program, Mazak looks for those in the industry who have truly gone above and beyond what is expected,” said Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation. “Seco Tools is a well-respected company that prides itself on building close relationships with customers to effectively understand and address their needs. We are proud to add them to the VIP program.”

Seco provides powerful machining solutions to leading companies around the world. The company deploys its highly specialized machining competence and materials-focused tooling innovations to the aerospace, oil & gas, power generation, automotive and medical industries, among others.

Mazak launched its VIP program in August 2010, and has continued to add certified members since then.

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.