Makino’s 2007 Die Mold Expo to Feature Speakers, Demonstrations and Exhibitors

September 25-27 at Makino’s Auburn Hills Technology Center

Auburn Hills, Michigan – July 2007 – Makino’s 2007 Die Mold Expo will be held September 25 through 27, 2007 at the Auburn Hills, Michigan Tech Center.

Makino’s bi-annual Expo has become a major event for tool, die and mold makers interested in cutting-edge technologies and techniques to improve their competitiveness. The first day of the Expo will feature key industry leaders speaking about business improvement opportunities, including best-selling author Jeff Fox, IRN’s Chief Economist Erich Merkel, IRN’s VP Jud McKinley who will speak about his experience with customer diversification including the “new domestic” OEMs, and several other speakers.

On the second and third days Makino has organized a series of presentations on machining topics such as hardmilling and micromachining. In addition, there will be extensive machining demonstrations on sixteen machines under power and 20 select industry suppliers will also be exhibiting.

Makino’s Die/Mold Technology Center is located at 2600 Superior Court, Auburn Hills, Michigan, 48326. The building is at Superior and Lapeer roads (M-24), one-mile from I-75 and M-24 off E. Walton Boulevard. It is 31 miles from the Greater Detroit Airport, and is near The Palace at Auburn Hills, a major sports venue in the area. For additional information, call Makino at 1-800-552-3288.

Register to attend the Makino Die Mold Expo by visiting, or by calling Makino’s Auburn Hills Tech Center at (248) 232-6200 or toll free 1-800-552-3288.

First Day Focus: Business Improvement
On the first day of the Expo, September 25, Makino will hold a Business Day Seminar in the Oakland Ballroom at the Marriott at Centerpoint, located at 3600 Centerpoint Pkway, Pontiac, Michigan, 48341. Featured Speakers at this event will include:

Jeffrey Fox – New York Times and Wall St. Journal best-selling author of nine books (including The Dollarization Discipline) and who specializes in marketing and sales effectiveness. He will provide an in-depth presentation on how die/mold manufacturers can identify the value they provide to their customers, communicate it effectively, and get paid for it, thereby overcoming the low cost competitor.

Thomas H. Klier – Senior Economist of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago will discuss the changing structure of the U.S. auto industry and how it’s anticipated to impact tier 1 suppliers.

Erich Merkle – Chief Economist and Director of Forecasting of IRN, an internationally recognized expert in the automotive industry, whose forecasts are historically some of the most accurate in the country. He is frequently quoted on Bloomberg, CNBC, Automotive News and the Wall St. Journal. His presentations are not only informative, but insightful, and he will tell what the numbers really mean for tool, die and mold manufacturers.

Jud McKinley – Executive Vice President of IRN. Jud spent 17 years with a Tier-1 automotive
supplier to the "new domestic" automotive OEM manufacturers. His presentation will be focused on customer diversification and a systematic approach to selling to foreign-owned manufacturers.

Jeff Mengel – Partner of Plante & Moran, a major accounting firm that specializes in the plastics and related industries. He will be presenting their industry benchmark report and survey results for the mold manufacturing industry.

Steven Everson – Plante & Moran Tax Solutions Group. Steven will be discussing the new R&D tax credits and how tool, die and mold shops can now take advantage of these.

Amy Forester – A CPA with Tax Associates, Forester will join Everson in speaking about R&D Tax credits for tool, die and mold shops.

Rena Pomaville – Tsunagari Services. Rena will speak on how to do business with Japanese transplants.

All speakers will be available for interviews with media if arranged in advance.

Presentations and Machining Demos
Makino will offer several presentations in their Die/Mold Tech Center, presented by Makino engineers and suppliers. Topics will include new cutter technologies for stainless materials, lights-out hardmilling, metrology, 2+3 machining, lead-time reduction in micro and medical mold manufacturing, HEAT Wire EDM Technology with Surface Wizard, and Cutting to Zero.

In addition to presentations, Makino will have 16 machines under power, all with actual cutting demonstrations designed to improve tool, die and mold shop competitiveness.

Demonstrations will include hardmilling (up to 70 HRc); micromachining including the EDAC1, the world’s most accurate sinker EDM; large mold machining with the V99L; 2+3 machining; numerous automation systems; HEAT wire EDM technology with Surface Wizard.

Makino is including select manufacturers and suppliers to exhibit at the Die/Mold Expo. The list includes: Blum Laser and ATLM Systems, Camtek CAM software for EDM, Delcam CAD/CAM, EDM Sales & Supplies, emSOLVE CAM system solutions, Erowa Technology Inc. workholding and automation solutions, Espirit CAM software supplier, Hardmilling Solutions machining services, Hirschman NC rotary tables for EDM, Hitachi Tool cutting tools, International Mold Steel material and steel supplier, Lyndex Nikken tooling systems, Matsumoto rotary tables for EDM, Millstar cutting tools, MST-Tecnara toolholding, National Tooling and Machining Association, OGP/Clark Technical measuring equipment supplier, OSG Tap & Die cutting tools, Remote Machining monitoring systems, SST Tools die/mold consumable tooling supplier, System 3R workholding and automation, Technitron NC rotary tables and integration and Union Tool cutting tools.

About Makino
A world leader in advanced CNC machining centers, Makino provides a wide range of high-precision metal-cutting and EDM machinery, including horizontal machining centers, vertical machining centers, 5-axis machining centers, graphite machining centers, and wire and Ram EDMs. Our flexible automation solutions provide reduced labor costs and increased throughput in a variety of production volumes and designs. With Makino engineering services, we offer industry leading expertise for even the most challenging applications across all industries. For more information call 1.800.552.3288, or visit

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