Walter Plants a Tree, Opens its Technology Center
By Senior Editor
The inauguration of Walter North America’s technology center at its manufacturing complex in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Oct. 5 marked an important milestone in the company’s continuing growth from the company’s inception 12 years ago.
Since 2006, Walter USA has recorded annual growth rate of 35% per year, except for 2009, and expanded its cutting tool product offerings for milling, drilling, turning, boring, and specialized tooling under its competence brands Walter Titex, Walter Valenite, Walter Prototyp, and Walter Multiply service programs.
The attractively appointed 40,000-square-foot facility features large meeting rooms capable of hosting business and technical discussions as well as offering access to demonstrations of the latest cutting technology.
The new technology center includes a fully equipped R&D machining room featuring the latest CNC equipment to support its end user customers and its distribution partners by proving out cutting tool solutions. Equipment includes a Haas SL 40 50-hp turning center with tail stock and tool presetter, a DMG / Mori Seiki DMC 80FD duoBLOCK mill/turn capable of five-axis machining, and a Haas VF3 YT vertical machining center.
The facility’s design calls attention to the industries Walter serves, featuring products, panoramic exhibits, and typical applications in the general engineering, automotive, aircraft and aerospace, energy, and medical industries. Muff Tanriverdi, president, Walter Americas, in his introduction said that 46% of Walter’s indexable insert and 35% of its solid carbide products are less than five years old, the result of continuing innovation in the company’s product development.
In his welcoming address to the assembled dignitaries, channel partners, and press corps, Mirko Merlo, president, Walter AG (Tübingen, Germany) said that the technology center represented Walter’s investment in a growing United States, “a country that will add another 100 million to its population in the next 40 years, is young, multicultural, enterprising, innovative, and the home of an excellent higher educational system.”
The keynote address was delivered by Wisconsin’s Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, who energetically detailed how important Workforce Development efforts by Wisconsin are and the results that the governor and she have achieved. The sentiment was echoed by Suzanne Kelley, president of the Waukesha County Business Alliance who recounted how Walter and other local businesses had participated in welcoming local students into their facilities to learn how manufacturing can figure in their future careers.
Peter Eelman, vice president-exhibitions & communications, AMT, The Association For Manufacturing Technology, reported on the overwhelming success of the recently concluded IMTS 2012, which welcomed 100,200 visitors to an exhibition of 1.248 million square feet and 1909 exhibitors of the latest manufacturing technology.
The event ended with the ceremonial ribbon cutting and a Tree Planting Ceremony, which Walter performs at all of its facility openings around the world. There is every indication that there may be another Tree Planting on the West Coast for a similar Technology center in the not too distant future.
Contact Senior Editor James Lorincz at email@example.com.