Messer Cutting Systems Voted top plasma cutting machine MFG in North America
Service center executives reveal their favorite makes of metal processing equipment in an informal brand survey by Metal Center News.
Which brands of equipment drew the most support in this year’s Metal Center News Top Brands Survey?
Top vote-getters in the category “Cutting” included the following brands:
- Messer – Plasma, Laser, Drilling and Oxy-fuel
- Trumpf – Laser
- Hypertherm – Plasma power supply mfg
- RDI Laser Blanking
- Mazak – Laser
Information for these brand rankings was gathered through a series of e-mail polls of MCN’s service center readers beginning last fall.
The goal was to determine which brands they would recommend to others planning a capital investment. Readers were given an alphabetical list of the 15 largest companies in each product category with instructions to “check all the suppliers you would endorse and would buy from in the future.”
Respondents also had the opportunity to write in additional company names or brands not on the lists. The final ranking, based simply on the total number of votes each company received, gives a rough indication of which brands currently command the largest share of mind, and highest levels of customer satisfaction,
among service center executives
This methodology does not attempt to rank companies by size or market share, but rather to measure the relative level of brand awareness they have achieved among respondents to MCN’s surveys.
Due to the survey’s limited sample size, MCN is publishing a Top 5 this year rather than a Top 10. This ranking should be viewed only as an informal measure of brand experience.
GROWTH FORECASTS FOR STEEL SERVICE CENTRE
Capital spending among service centers is on the upswing (see related article) as they prepare for what forecasters predict will be a major growth period for U.S. manufacturing in the next several years. With steel prices low, value-added processing becomes an even more critical source of revenue for the typical service center.
Factors fueling investment in new processing equipment such as levelers, slitters and high-tech cutting machines include use of more high-strength steels by the automotive industry, demand for stay-flat steel sheets that can be safely laser-cut, and efficiency gains from automation and computerized controls. Equipment vendors say many service centers have moved beyond repairs and retrofits and are poised to make major investments that will have a strategic impact on their businesses.
ABOUT MESSER CUTTING SYSTEMS
At five production sites situated around the globe, over 900 employees manufacture thermal cutting machines to meet highest standards in the metal plate processing industry.
Sturdy make, modern design and innovative technology are the three pillars that our products rest on. Owing to the high quality of workmanship and the many years of experience in the area of application technology, these offer a complete solution when it comes to complex cutting jobs. With many thousands of machines around the globe in operation daily, we will soon win your trust in the reliability of our products.
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