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Yamazaki Machinery of Worcester.
The company was founded in 1919 in Nagoya by Saddakichi Yamazaki as a small company making pots and pans. During the 1920s it progressed through mat-making machinery to woodworking machinery to metalworking machine tools, especially lathes. The company was part of Japan's industrial buildup before and during World War II, then, like the rest of Japanese industry, was humbled by the war's outcome.
During the 1950s and 1960s, under the founder's sons, Yamazaki revived, and during the 1960s it established itself as an exporter to the American market. During the 1970s and 1980s it established a larger onshore presence in the USA, including machine tool-building operations, and since then it has become one of the most important companies in that market and the global machine tool market.
1981 Yamazaki UK opened its factory in Worcester in November 1981 and was the only Japanese machine tool company talking seriously about building a manufacturing base in Britain.
Currently, the corporation runs 10 factories worldwide - 5 in Japan, 2 in China, 1 in Singapore, 1 in the USA, 1 in the UK.