Absolute Machine Tools Expands Product Line Up with Ecoca CNC Lathes

Lorain, OH, October 8, 2007 - Absolute Machine Tools, Inc., is pleased to announce its partnership with Ecoca Industrial Co., Ltd., Taichung, Taiwan. Absolute will sell Ecoca's CNC lathes through its North American distribution network encompassing the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

According to Stanley Yu, Ecoca's business department manager, "Ecoca is happy to establish relations with Absolute, the leading U.S. importer of Taiwanese machine tools. Ecoca has been producing CNC lathes for more than 20 years, and we were seeking a strong U.S. partner. With Absolute, we get a quality company with a proven track record in providing excellent service and support. The cooperation will provide benefits to both companies and our customers."

Steve Ortner, president of Absolute Machine Tools, says the new partnership will expand Absolute's already expansive product offerings. "We are giving our customers an even broader choice of metalworking solutions for their production needs with Ecoca lathes. These turning centers provide excellent value for U.S. manufacturers seeking economical and well-built productivity centers. Ecoca is already a firmly established builder with a strong product line. Absolute brings to the table unsurpassed applications-engineering support, comprehensive training programs, and a national network of sales and engineering expertise."

Absolute adds the Ecoca line to its other Taiwanese machine tool offerings, including the highly productive Johnford machining and turning centers, the Hi-Net line of precision high speed machining centers, Argo Seiki high-production drill/tap centers, and robust and flexible You Ji vertical turning centers.

The Ecoca line of CNC turning centers includes the SJ-20, a 45 degree slant bed lathe. This economical turning center is ideal for high production and job shop operations requiring speed, power, and accuracy for small-parts turning. The machine features linear ways for fast feedrates. In addition, the compact machine conserves valuable floor space. An optional bar feed package is available for shops seeking turnkey productivity. Lathes can also be fitted with a C axis and live tools for gaining additional productivity.

Absolute will also offer the MT Series of 30 degree true slant bed box way lathes. Turning centers range from the sturdy MT-208, with a maximum turning diameter of 13.77 in., to the robust MT-415, with a maximum turning diameter of approximately 20 in.

The MT-415 is well-suited for shops needing exceptional cutting performance for turning long workpieces. The lathe boasts an 80 in. turn length, box ways, 40 HP "P" motor, 15 in. chuck, 4.6 in. bar capacity, 12 station hydraulic turret, chip conveyor, fully programmable tailstock, and Fanuc Manual Guidance I conversational with 10.4 in. LCD. The MT-415 delivers large part turning capacity at a cost similar to flat bed CNC engine lathes. Unlike CNC engine lathes, however, the turning center can be equipped with turn through steady rest capability.

About Absolute Machine Tools, Inc.

Absolute Machine Tools, Inc. provides advanced metalworking solutions and comprehensive services for production machining, mold/die machining, and production turning. A leading importer and distributor of high-performance CNC machining and turning equipment, the company helps machine shops and manufacturing facilities improve their production processes to be more competitive in a tough global environment.

Products and Services

Absolute Machine Tools works with its partners to offer the most rugged, accurate, and productive machine tools in the industry. It also supplies a diverse range of previously owned equipment. The company has built its reputation on unsurpassed applications-engineering service and support, comprehensive training, and innovative preventive-maintenance programs. In addition, a nationwide network of regional distributors is in place to help North American manufacturers with their toughest production challenges.

Absolute's partners include:

oRoundtop Machinery - Manufactures the robust and highly productive Johnford machining and turning centers
oArgo Seiki - Efficient, high-production drill/tap centers
oYou Ji- Flexible and accurate vertical turning centers
oEcoca - Exceptional value in CNC turning centers

Absolute Machine Tools also teams with leading suppliers of tooling and fixtures, automation, quality control, CAM software, and ancillary products to provide turnkey systems for specific production needs.

For more about Absolute Machine Tools, its product lines, and services, please visit www.absolutemachine.com or call (800) 852-7825.

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