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Haas launches fourth educational partnership project in Sweden

Zaventem, Belgium. Dec 15th 2001: Swedish Haas Factory Outlet (HFO) Edströms Maskin AB is celebrating the'' opening of the latest Haas Technical Education Centre (HTEC) in Sweden, at the Yrkeshögskolan /CVL Centrum för vuxnas lärande (Centre for adult learning), Sandviken, around 3-hours north of Stockholm. The upgraded training facility is the result of collaboration between the school board, the municipality, Haas Automation, HFO Edströms, and the Swedish engineering concern Sandvik, located just 4km away.

As well as being the 4th HTEC in the country, the new facility is the 86th HTEC in Europe. Equally significantly, the CVL facility is the first HTEC in Europe to feature the new, 5-axis Haas UMC-750 universal machining centre.  In addition, CVL has acquired a Haas ST-30Y y-axis lathe, a VF-2 vertical machining centre, and an ST-20 turning centre.

Rector of the CVL school is Mr. Mats Berglund: “This new HTEC represents a fantastic opportunity for us at CVL,” he says. “The CNC technology and the support we have invested in is the latest available, which will have a very positive effect on a great many people in the surrounding area, including prospective students, the local economy and local manufacturing businesses, such as the town’s very well-known, principal employer, Sandvik.”

CVL’s remit is to provide vocational training, not just to school and college leavers but also to anyone wishing to retrain after, for example, being made redundant or a lengthy period of unemployment.

“There is no other facility like CVL within reasonable distance of the town,” adds Mr. Berglund, “so, to have all of these high-performance Haas CNC machine tools – and all the additional technology supplied by the HTEC industry partners, available for training new machinists is a dream come true."

Mr. Berglund and Mrs. Mona Davik - an engineer at Sandvik and local political representative and head of the school board, performed the ribbon cutting ceremony jointly with Sandvik country manager for Sweden, Mr. Peter Lehnbom, and Mr. Bert Maes, marketing manager at Haas Automation Europe.

“To prosper, economies need to export high-quality, manufactured products,” said Mr. Maes, during his keynote speech to guests and VIPs. “However, the biggest problem faced by most manufacturing companies like Haas, Sandvik and its hundreds of thousands of customers, even in a thriving and prosperous manufacturing country like Sweden, is finding and recruiting suitably qualified people. The success of any manufacturing company therefore depends on schools and especially teachers.

Teachers at this HTEC have access to the latest CNC technologies, curriculum materials, and the opportunity to network and collaborate with manufacturing companies and other teaching establishments, not just here in Sweden, but globally, even with HTECs like Harvard University and MIT” added Mr. Maes. “We’ve seen how the HTEC programme motivates everyone involved, from students and teachers to school management and industry leaders.”

One of them includes Mr. Peter Lehnbom of Sandvik:

“Sandvik has always been very active in the community of Sandviken, so we are proud to be a sponsor of the new CVL HTEC facility,” he said. “I have no doubt our company will benefit from this initiative, as will other manufacturers in the region. To the teachers and support staff at CVL I say, Congratulations! And, to everyone who studies here now and in the future, I wish you the very best of luck.”

CVL is the fourth HTEC in Sweden, besides Bäckadalsgymnasiet Jönköping, Möckelngymnasiet Karlskoga and Norra Västmanlands Utbildningsförbund in Fagersta. CVL is also the 86th HTEC in Europe, following 10 other HTEC openings in 2014 in Germany, France, Belgium, Poland, Slovenia, Morocco and Greece.