110 Valley View Road
Fountain Inn,  SC  29644

United States
  • Booth: 1609

MAPAL designs special tools customized especially for our customers to their specific applications. Our tools satisfy incredibly tight tolerances, solve machining challenges and improve overall processes through creativity, engineering expertise and a familiarity with cutting technology. We offer a full line of drilling, PCD, Reaming, Fine Boring and ISO tools, as well as holders, setting devices and clamping systems.

 Press Releases

  • The international MAPAL Group posted growth of almost five percent in 2018. “The results that we achieved last year are quite satisfactory,” says Dr Jochen Kress, President of the MAPAL Group. Consolidated Group turnover climbed from €610 million in 2017 to €640 million in 2018. In addition to turnover, the number of employees also increased. The precision tool manufacturer now has more than 5,500 employees worldwide, with over 3,600 in Germany. 

    MAPAL has consolidated and further expanded its position in all major regions. To achieve this, substantial investments in the locations were made in the past year. “In Asia, we founded a new joint venture in Vietnam and acquired the majority stake in ADICO, a manufacturer of PCD and PcBN cutting materials,” specifies Kress. Asia is still the second most important market for MAPAL after Germany, even though growth rates in China have decreased somewhat in line with the country’s overall economic growth.

    The Group is also strengthening its presence in the Americas. “We have expanded our location in Fountain Inn, South Carolina,” explains Dr Jochen Kress. A completely new plant was also opened in Mexico in February 2019. In Germany, capacity at the Centre of Competence for solid carbide tools in Altenstadt is currently being increased with a new production hall. In addition to new buildings and expansions, there are continuous investments in new machinery all around the world in order to maintain the highest level of quality and productivity.

    MAPAL is increasing its involvement in various industries, including tool and mould making. There are challenges ahead in the automotive industry, too, says Kress: “We intend to build on our leading position in machining components for electric vehicles.” 

    There is also a continued focus on digitalisation and thus on MAPAL’s subsidiary c-Com, which has broadened its focus. “We have seen in practice what many companies are lacking, especially small companies, and that is something that makes access to the digital market easier for them,” says Kress. For this reason, c-Com offers a range of modules that help companies get started in this area. These include the module for efficient regrinding handling and the new c-Connect Box to make machine monitoring easy.

    “2019 is certainly going to be an interesting year, both economically and politically,” concludes Dr Jochen Kress. “Whatever it brings, we have confidence in our capacity for innovation and our flexibility, which are based on our employees’ skills.”

  • Vibration often occur during machining. This leads to dynamic instability of the system. Inadequate surface finishes, insufficient accuracy, high machining noises, shortened tool lives and, in extreme cases, broken tools and cutting edges can be the result. 

    In order to minimise these vibrations and their consequences, MAPAL has now developed an innovative system for vibration damping in the tool shank, as particularly tools for boring and milling with very long projection length tend to vibrate due to an inadequate dynamic rigidity of the overall system. When designing the new system, the developers took into account all factors arising from the interaction of the machine tool, the tool and type of clamping as well as the component. The result: A system for vibration damping that is matched to all common types of machine stiffness. It can be used for machining different materials with different tools.

    The self-contained system of auxiliary mass and several steel spring packages counteracts the deflection of the tool body and minimises it. The vibrations can be up to 1,000 times lower compared to tools without absorber system. Despite the long projection length, quiet, stable running is achieved. This makes it possible to work at higher cutting speeds and significantly increases the material removal rate.

    In addition, significantly better surface finishes are achieved thanks to vibration damping. When milling case hardened steel (16MnCr5), for example with a 250 mm long combination of milling cutter arbor and milling cutter with five cutting edges and ISO indexable inserts (diameter 50 mm), the Rz value was halved from 7.8 µm to 3.9 µm for material removal ae of 18 mm and ap of 3 mm compared to the same tool system without vibration damping.

    Milling cutter arbors with vibration damping in the shank are available with internal coolant supply for clamping diameters 16, 22 and 27 mm with a length of 200 and 300 mm for SK40, SK50, HSK-A63 and HSK-A100 connections.

  • MAPAL has expanded its works on the Fountain Inn site in the US state of South Carolina and created additional capacity for sales, service and manufacturing. A prestigious administration building has been built in the last twelve months. Along with modern offices, a test centre for the aerospace sector as well as a showroom for customers have been integrated into the new building. The total floor space at the works has increased by 1,000 square metres to 2,250 square metres. MAPAL has invested around four million US dollars. This figure includes the expansion of the production facilities; around 30 additional jobs will also be created.

    MAPAL expands works in Fountain Inn

    The subsidiary in Fountain Inn has been in existence since 2012. It is the second MAPAL USA production site with 250 employees across the country. The headquarters are in Port Huron, not far from Detroit in the state of Michigan. MAPAL has been present on the US market for more than 40 years and is continuously expanding its position in all major sectors. "It is important for us to have regional bases in both the north and also the south of the USA to ensure consistent support to our customers", emphasises Sydney Paiva, CEO of MAPAL USA. The works in Fountain Inn acts as a regional centre for the automotive and aerospace industry based in the area. "And we are also a hub for the production of solid carbide tools for North, Central and South America" Paiva adds. The new capacity will improve flexibility and make leaner processes possible: "Due to the proximity to our customers and production on site, we save time and minimise our reaction times. Individual machining solutions can be developed locally and in close co-operation with the users," underlines Paiva.

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