St. Paul, MN (August 2, 2017) — Matsuura Machinery USA, an innovator in the development of high speed machining and the manufacture of automated, unmanned high accuracy CNC machine tools, announces the appointment of Thomas Houle as the company’s LUMEX Director.
Houle is responsible for the overall operation and performance of Matsuura’s Metal Additive Manufacturing solution, LUMEX, providing leadership toward the achievement of its objectives and growth. Houle will manage the U.S. expansion, the development of strategic sales plans and the U.S. promotion of the LUMEX product.
Matsuura Machinery USA, Inc. is currently building a LUMEX Laboratory and demonstration facility within the existing corporate headquarters in St. Paul, MN, joining the three other LUMEX Centers of Excellence locations in Japan, Germany and the UK.
Houle will also direct the recruiting and management of personnel to promote, sell, and implement LUMEX. In addition to the appointment of Houle, Matsuura will also add LUMEX technical operations and support staff including Applications Engineers, Service Engineers, a Sales Coordinator and a Sales Assistant.
The Matsuura LUMEX product is a powder bed metal AM platform with subtractive capability. It combines selective laser sintering (SLS) along with high speed milling (HSM) commonly called Hybrid AM.
Matsuura has manufactured the LUMEX product for more than ten years with plans to expand the sales and technical support available in the U.S.
“In his role as LUMEX Director, Tom will leverage his experience in operational excellence to develop a cutting-edge, innovative U.S. presence for Matsuura’s Hybrid AM Manufacturing solution. He will inspire a culture of continuous improvement by defining goals, developing strategies, implementing systems and measuring performance results for the LUMEX product,” said Craig St. John, President of Matsuura Machinery USA, Inc.
Houle’s professional experience encompasses more than 26 years in the manufacturing industry, specializing in high end injection molding and design solutions. Prior to joining Matsuura Machinery USA, Inc., Houle was with Custom Mold and Design/Teamvantage a premier Injection mold builder and contract manufacturer in Forest Lake, MN.
“Tom’s experience in the mold industry, new product development, engineering solutions, along with his interpersonal skills, business acumen and a passion for manufacturing solutions will make him an excellent addition to the Matsuura USA Team,” St. John added.
Matsuura Machinery USA, Inc., located in St. Paul, MN is the U.S. subsidiary of Matsuura Machinery Corporation in Japan. Since 1935, Matsuura has delivered unmatched excellence in high speed and high precision CNC machine tools. From full 5-axis, vertical, horizontal, linear motor or multi-tasking CNC machine tools, Matsuura has been the forerunner in designing innovative technology and manufacturing solutions to a variety of industries around the globe. Matsuura Machinery USA, Inc. provides the service, applications, and technical field support that have always been the Matsuura standard for business.