Makino Announces Partnership with Harbour Results Inc. to Participate in Harbour IQ™

Company supports Harbour IQ to enhance data and trends for the mold, tool and die industry
Mason, Ohio – June 17, 2015Makino announces its partnership with Harbour Results Inc. (HRI), a leading business and operational consultant firm for the manufacturing industry. The partnership with HRI intends to support the organization’s newest product offering, Harbour IQ, a global resource of data and trends for the mold, tool and die industry.
“Harbour IQ comes at an opportune time for the North American tool and die industry, where business decisions are becoming increasingly reliant upon real-time information,” said Mark Rentschler, marketing director of Makino. “Makino is excited to partner with Harbour Results and contribute to the Harbour IQ product. We believe this service is integral to the growth and competitiveness of the mold, tool and die industries.”
North American tool and die manufacturers continue to face increasing pressure from low-labor-cost countries, which has recently led to significant investments in advanced manufacturing technologies. Many of these companies have turned to automated flexible manufacturing systems to meet growing demand for improved efficiency, productivity, accuracy, quality and cost. However, due to the complex nature of these automated systems, and the difficulty in identifying skilled labor, this can be a challenging feat for many mold, tool and die manufacturers. Makino is active in supporting the tool and die industry through both advanced manufacturing technologies and experienced engineering services that support the design, specification and development of an automated system.
Harbour IQ is the global source for performance benchmarking, trends, and financial and operational data for the tool and die industry. Partners and participants have access to relevant data and information that can be aggregated and queried into custom reports as well as manufacturing trend reports, white papers and various other technical reports. Harbour IQ unlocks the key to never-before-seen data and information critical to manufacturers in developing a successful long-term business strategy while managing the day-to-day business.
“Makino and HRI share a long-standing relationship and the desire to help advance the manufacture of molds, tools and dies,” said Laurie Harbour, president and CEO, HRI. “Today’s tool and die manufacturers are under greater pressure than ever before, and companies like Makino are crucial in helping these companies meet their goals. We look forward to receiving information from Makino to enhance Harbour IQ.”
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For more information on Harbour IQ or to become a sponsor or subscriber, contact Harbour Results Inc. at 248-629-9331.
About Makino
A world leader in advanced CNC machining centers, Makino is committed to providing high-performance, leading-edge machining technologies and innovative engineered process solutions that enable manufacturers to focus on making what matters. Makino offers a wide range of high-precision metal-cutting and EDM machinery, including horizontal machining centersvertical machining centers5-axis machining centersgraphite machining centers, and wire and Ram EDMs. Makino’s flexible automation solutions provide reduced labor costs and increased throughput in a variety of production volumes and designs. Makino’s engineering services offers industry-leading expertise for even the most challenging applications across all industries. For more information, call 1-800-552-3288 or visit
About Harbour Results Inc.
Harbour Results Inc., a leading business and operational consultant firm for the manufacturing industry, offers operational and strategic advisory expertise, and proprietary assessment programs to help optimize a business’ performance. Focused on small to medium-sized manufacturers, many of which are family owned or privately held, HRI uses its knowledge, experience and relationships to build upon the established foundation with sound strategies and operational improvement. Headquartered in Southfield, Mich., Harbour Results was founded in 2005 by industry analyst Laurie Harbour. Today, the Harbour Results team is comprised of manufacturing experts. In addition, clients have exclusive access to Harbour Results' network of partner companies and worldwide resources. For more information visit,
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