Apparently the world’s metal parts manufacturers are still buying thousands of conventional machine tools. As the world’s largest machine tool builder, most of SMTCL’s unit volume consists of 2- and 3-axis horizontal and vertical lathes, 3- and 4-axis vertical and horizontal machining centers, and 3-, 4-, and 5-axis horizontal boring mills. At a sales rate of about 80,000 units per year, I think it's safe to say that traditional machining is apparently, very much alive and well.
SMTCL-Americas, a subsidiary of Shenyang Machine Tool Co., LTD, based in the People’s Republic of China, was founded in 1995, designs its products at its facilities in Germany, and has quickly grown to a company of over 18,000 people. Their U.S. headquarters in the Los Angeles area, has been open since 2009.
As I studied the specifications and construction documentation on SMTCL’s Boring Mills, I was impressed by the obvious focus on rigidity, long-term performance, accuracy, and the company’s emphasis on sourcing the best components from around the world. A deep line of vertical turning machines offers capability to handle small to large parts. SMTCL’s milling and turning lines can be viewed here.