Founded in 1948 by Kiichi Takamatsu as a manufacturer of machine parts, Takamatsu Machinery (Takamaz) has come to the forefront of the CNC machine industry with a broad line of automated CNC turning products that include CNC lathes, collet chucks, gantry loaders/compact loaders, and material handling systems. Takamaz has created a corporate entity that can flexibly respond to the needs of its customers. This is demonstrated in the way it actively collects data about its products and the needs of its customers, then utilizing that information in the engineering process for product improvement.