Haas Automation Inc. (Oxnard, CA) reported that its annual sales in 2017 exceeded 13,500 units for the first time in company history—an increase of nearly 30% over 2016. “It was an incredible year,” said Scott Gasich, vice president of sales & marketing. “Haas Automation performed strongly on all continents, with substantial growth in all markets – especially international markets, which accounted for 55% of our sales. Most notably, we enjoyed 41% sales increase in mainland Europe, with more than 3500 new Haas CNC machine tools sold in 2017.
“We expect another record year in 2018,” Gasich continued, “partly because we will be launching new products and major updates to our existing machines. In 2018, you will see a Haas UMC-1000 5-axis universal machining center with larger travels; major updates to our turning center line, including an all-new control; a renewed Haas EC-400 horizontal machining center with pallet system; a new 5-axis gantry mill for large parts; a few new tilting two-axis rotary tables; updates to our Drill/Tap/Mill Series machines; and new sidemount tool changers, with up to 100 tools on selected machines.”
The company plans to sell more than 15,500 machines in 2018. “We are targeting continued growth in all markets, and expect to increase our export percentage to 60%,” said Gasich. “Our production facility in Oxnard is currently building at a rate to produce more than 15,000 machines this year, and we will continue increasing this output throughout 2018 to meet the growing demands for our products.”
Haas products are built in the company’s 1-million-square-foot manufacturing facility in Oxnard. They are distributed worldwide through a global network of Haas Factory Outlets. Currently, there are more than 170 HFOs in more than 50 countries worldwide.