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A PARTNERSHIP FOR SUCCESS IN SOUTH AFRICA

The business philosophy that prevails at HI-TECH MACHINE TOOLS Johannesburg, South Africa, is that education is a far more pressing concern than merely selling machines. This applies equally to customers and company staff members.

"In our market, customers always believe that the cheapest machine produces the lowest priced parts," says Peter Killian, managing director. "We show them practically that this is not the case. We believe that our customers must be educated to all the features of a CNC machine tool, so that they can make the correct decision when purchasing".

"THERE ARE NO SHORT CUTS TO SUCCESS"
Peter Killian, Managing Director


Headquarters :
 Johannesburg, South Africa

History: Founded in January 1990

Statistics: 15 employees, including sales, service and application engineers; 5700 sq. m facility with 250 sq. m showroom and two CNC training rooms of 50 sq. m each.
The business philosophy that prevails at HI-TECH MACHINE TOOLS Johannesburg, South Africa, is that education is a far more pressing concern than merely selling machines. This applies equally to customers and company staff members.

Because the mission of the Hi- Tech Machine Tools is to supply customers only with the most advanced technology and expertise available in the CNC field, the company has signed a partnership agreement with MAZAK Machine Tools.

"Changes in the South African market environment have meant our customers are looking for the best CNC technology available at the best possible price", says Killian. "This is now available from the MAZAK range of CNC machine tools. Our company prefers to specialise with one brand, and MAZAK fulfills the requirement completely with its huge performance range of CNC lathes, vertical and horizontal machining centres, as well as vertical turning machines and CNC lathes with C Axis.

Because of the belief that selling sophisticated CNC machine tools serves very little purpose if there is not a corresponding level of back- up, Hi- Tech regularly factory trains its service engineers, either by sending them to MAZAK for training, or by having MAZAK engineers doing in- house training at the company’s premises. The latter choice, of in- house training on company premises, has a direct added spin- off for customers, who are invited to join in the training process on designated days.

Furthermore, Hi- Tech has established its own training school which over the past nine years has produced more than 250 qualified CNC programmers. "This is very satisfying for us," says Killian. "We are able to see actual, tangible results in the market place. And, we are able to contribute towards increasing the base of skilled personnel in the country at large."

All MAZAK CNC machines on the Hi- Tech showroom floor are connected to power and ready for customer demonstrations. The staff like nothing better than the challenge of demonstrating to a customer how a MAZAK CNC machine easily outperforms what he is presently doing on a component which is already running in his shop on a competitor’s CNC machine.

"You could say that our motto is Selling by education," Killian says. "We know that there are no miracles and no short cuts to success. Many first time customers purchase a CNC machine only to realise after a few months experience that they have made an expensive mistake. We believe that our customers must be educated to all the features of a CNC machine tool, so that they can make the correct decision at the time of purchase."

"We believe that our customers must be educated to all the features of a CNC machine tool, so that they can make the correct decision when purchasing."

Hi- Tech Machine Tools has a clear mission statement:

  • Educating customers before they make decisions on high capital expenditure
  • Continually updating customers on the latest technology available for metal removal
  • Keeping customers in contact with MAZAK’s Machine Tools so that they can benefit from MAZAK’s vast experience
  • Continual expansion of the company’s training centre for students and customers of all levels of engineering experience
  • Constantly updating staff members with the latest technology of CNC machines supplied

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