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Haas Europe unveils latest HFO and HTEC in Poland

Zaventem, Be''lgium. Nov 1st, 2014: On October 9th at Centrum Kształcenia Praktycznego (CKP – Center for Practical Training) in Stargard Szczeciński, northwest Poland, approximately 100 guests and VIPs gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of a combined Haas Factory Outlet (HFO) and Haas Technical Education Centre (HTEC). The new facility is, in fact, the 4th HFO and the 14th HTEC in the country.

Among those present was Mr. Waldemar Gil, the mayor of Stargard, who endorsed the new training facility and enthused, "I myself am one of many to graduate from a vocational education. Since the early 90s I have dreamed of a new vocational training concept based on the latest technological innovations. Today, I’m delighted to see that dream come true.”

The HTEC program is the only project of its type in Poland and the new facility in Stargard will provide support for students in this important industrial region, near the German border, and will help ensure in the future that local companies have a good supply of well trained and highly motivated CNC machine operators.

Inside the facility, four Haas CNC machine tools dominate the 110m² floor space: two Mini Mills, an ST-10 lathe and a VF-3 vertical machining center, all supplied by Haas distributor, Abplanalp Consulting, which has more than 10 years’ experience in selling and supporting Haas CNC products.

“Thanks to the rewarding co-operation with Abplanalp Consulting and Haas Automation, including access to the latest CNC technologies and teaching materials, our graduates will be experts in the field of CNC manufacturing,” said Henryk Szymczak, director at the CKP in Stargard. “Together, we have created a machining workshop of the 21st century that meets the requirements of modern industry here in Poland and, if our students choose to travel, around the world.”

As with all combined HFO/HTECs, managers and leaders from manufacturing companies in the region are welcome to visit the new premises where they can see and test the latest Haas CNC machine tools and consult with experienced Abplanalp staff. The HFO will also house a full inventory of spare parts and provide the usual, high levels of technical service and support common to all Haas sales showrooms, before and after a customer invests in a Haas CNC machine tool.

“By the end of the year there will be five HFO showrooms in Poland,” says Mr. Bert Maes, marketing manager at Haas Automation Europe. “In addition, 16 educational establishments in Poland will be part of the HTEC network. Each of these locations is providing complete, technological solutions for local businesses and entrepreneurs, and educational support for students seeking successful and rewarding careers. For us, supporting industry means helping schools and companies invest in the skills of young people before they enter the labour market. It’s an approach that we have shown to be effective wherever it is implemented.”

The other three Polish HFOs are located in Rzeszów, Zabrze and Warsaw – a fifth will be opened before the end of 2014 in Solec Kujawski.