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735 E. Remington Road | Schaumburg, IL 60173 | www.yamazen.com

Yamazen Inc. is a full service, global distribution company that sells Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine tools manufactured by: Brother, Matsuura, Mitsubishi and Takisawa; and injection molding machines by Sodick that produce industrial grade plastic parts. “Our primary product lines are metalworking machine tools, cutting tools and machine tool accessories,” says Jim Hansen, executive vice president and chief operating officer. “Our products are used in various applications and industries to machine parts from castings, forgings and billet material.”

Founded in Osaka, Japan in 1942, the company has a strong presence throughout North America and Asia. It has operated in the U.S. since 1967. They welcome customers to their impressive Chicagoland showroom, home of the North American headquarters, to meet the team. “We made a big investment here,” says Scott Fernandez, senior vice president. “It’s our showcase. We continue to invest in our company, to take us to the next level, because being level is not a good teacher for the future.”

Engineers and business owners understand that profitability depends on uptime. Yamazen stands behind every machine it sells by providing customer support with parts, service, tooling and accessories. Yamazen maintains a full inventory of replacement parts, giving it the ability to reach customers quickly and reduce the likelihood of downtime. Its engineers can customize machines for clients, train their employees on new technology, and recommend upgrades on machinery that will speed up production and positively impact the bottom-line. Yamazen also sells the tooling and accessories needed to build parts, such as cutting tools, holders, mist collectors and rotary tables, for any type of industrial job.

A majority of Yamazen’s business is with the automotive industry but its expanding into the medical field. “For us, it’s an untapped market,” Fernandez says. “We now have the machine tools to go after that market and expand who we are as a company.”

In the early 1990s, when Fernandez got his start in the industry, he says ideas were written on paper. “Now we enter them into a computer. Technology allows manufacturers to produce parts in a more efficient fashion.” With its soon to be introduced new automation division, Yamazen will give customers the ability to gain real time information, find out where a job is in the manufacturing process, from their wireless devices while they’re away from the shop floor. “Manufacturing is on an upswing,” Fernandez says. “Automation in technology will drive the future.”