Hurco Europe Ltd have announced that they have appointed TH Machine Tools cc as their exclusive agents for sales and service of Hurco CNC machining centers and turning centers in South Africa from the 1st October 2019.
TH Machine Tools (THMT) is a family-owned South African company established in 1999 by founder Theron Hugo. The company specialises in the sales and service of new and used CNC and manual machine tools.
Hurco Europe has had a presence in South Africa since 2006 and now have over 150 machines operating in engineering companies throughout the country. Based in Benoni, Gauteng for the last 11 years Hurco South Africa have had an informal relationship with THMT since 2015 with THMT marketing a limited range of the Hurco CNC machine tools.
“Going forward Hurco Europe have decided to operate on an agent basis and THMT were the logical choice as our exclusive agent as they have been involved with selling and promoting our Hurco machines for the last couple of years. They have been receiving Hurco specific technical training over the last few months as well. The training was on the full range of Hurco machines as well as the company’s WinMax 5, a user-friendly conversational/NC control, which is recognised in the industry for its ease-of-use for shop floor programming,” said Christo Moolman, Hurco’s Regional Manager.
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“These service technicians and application engineers that THMT employs are currently going through further training so that they will be up to speed with the full Hurco range on all matters relating to installation, service and maintenance. On the sales side Kobus Snyman will team up with THMT’s sales department and continue in his role of marketing the Hurco machines,” continued Moolman.
“This is a big opportunity for THMT. We have been marketing an entry level range of CNC machines and now that we are able to add the full range of high-performance Hurco machines to our product portfolio, it will give us an entry into markets that we were limited in servicing previously. The end markets for the company’s products consist primarily of independent job shops and short-run manufacturing operations within large corporations,” explained Nico Hugo, General Manager of THMT.
“Hurco’s customers have historically provided components and services within the automotive, aerospace, medical equipment, energy, injection tool and moulding, transportation, computer equipment and general engineering industries,” continued Hugo.
“Whether you call it a milling machine, a machining or turning center, or a machine tool, Hurco has the right CNC equipment to make your business more profitable. From 3-axis and 5-axis machining centers, plus multi-axis machining centers and lathes, CNC universal/rotational load machine tools to large format milling centers Hurco have a machine that will suit your machining needs.”
“Hurco’s flagship VMX line is the workhorse of 3-axis CNC machining centers. Then there is the VMi range, the higher performance VMXi range, the dual column BXi and DCXi ranges and full simultaneous 5-axis machines.”
Hurco’s WinMax 5, a user-friendly conversational/NC control
“But they don’t stop at milling. They have worked diligently to ensure that their CNC turning centers are up to par with their mills. The TMX, TMM, and TM lines include a range of CNC turning centers with chuck sizes up to 455mm and mill turn machines that support the ‘done in one’ philosophy (all machining processes are done on one machine). Whether you are turning, milling, doing 2D parts or 3D parts, Hurco CNC machine tools, equipped with their integrated control, let you get down to the business of making chips.”
Before establishing TH Machine Tools Theron Hugo, an engineering technician, started a business to upgrade, automate and rebuild various special purpose machines. Using his expertise Theron Hugo then also started designing and building new purpose-built machines. He then founded TH Machine Tools and the company has since expanded its portfolio to include used, reconditioned and new fabrication, manufacturing and engineering machines, including press brakes, guillotines, plate rolls, metal workers, lathes, milling machines, drilling machines, bandsaws, CNC fiber laser cutters, CNC plasma cutters and now the Hurco CNC machining centers and CNC turning centers.
From a one-man operation THMT now employs 30 staff, which includes Theron’s brother Christo as Managing Director and Theron’s son Nico Hugo. The company operates from a 2 000m² facility in Hartbeespoort that includes a large machine showroom, overhead cranes with loading bay, spares and tooling storage, stripping and assembly areas, engineering shop, toolroom, boiler shop, spray booth and offices.
Hurco Europe is the European operation of New York Stock Exchange listed Hurco Companies, Inc., an industrial technology company that designs and produces interactive computer controls, software and computerised machine tool systems for the worldwide metal cutting and metal forming industry.
The company is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and has sales, application engineering and service subsidiaries in High Wycombe – England, Munich – Germany, Paris – France, Milan – Italy and Singapore, along with manufacturing operations in Taiwan.