The story of successful development SMTCL in the Czech and Slovak Republics

Never before seen combination of excellent German engineering and Chinese production efficiency. These are the main advantages of machine tool brands SMTCL. Not only this combination persuaded Joseph Weber, director and owner of the company OMNI-X, when buying another machine with the trademark SMTCL.

As the first machine more than a year ago Mr. Weber bought a vertical milling machine center VMC 850B. Although at that time Omni-X had in its machine park dozens of machine tools, finally chose CNC milling center from SMTCL.


The reasons were simple. Compared with the competition, SMTCL offers in standard equipment something above standard. For example include chain conveyor with chip container, oil collector of coolant, transport and installation included. Milling Series VMC also uses Japanese THK linear guide. Just a little extra.

Mr. Weber recently ordered CNC lathe with driven tools Viva T2Sm/500 from SMTCL. He delivered this machine to his workshop directly from 58th International Engineering Fair MSV. Again won the machine equipment and affordable price. “This type of lathe also has a Japanese THK linear guide and other German or Italian components. In this category is actually a top product that we can offer”, said Vadym Kovalchuk, CEO of «ZENITEC, s. r. o.», sales and service exclusive representative of SMTCL for the Czech and Slovak Republic.

The company itself OMNI-X is engaged in the manufacture of tools for tube bending, which needs a good and solid machine. These requirements can absolutely accomplish just SMTCL. OMNI-X also supplies the aerospace industry. “For us it is a card vendor tools of the absolute highest quality. In this category often solve design tools for demanding bending exotic materials such as Inconel, titanium and its alloys,» explained Joseph Weber with the fact that’s certainly not the only sector in which his company concentrates.

SYMG Group, SMTCL is part of it, currently ranks among the largest machine tool manufacturer in the world and last year overcamed the turnover of production even of the DMG MORI.


Their largest customers include companies supplying components for the automotive industry. “These are primarily companies producing exhaust systems for both personal as well as trucks and other commercial vehicles. Another important industry is the manufacture of hydroformed parts and air-conditioning duct. Our products are available for OEM, as well as for companies engaged in the AM, “outlined Josef Weber.

The company OMNI-X also plays an important role in other industrial areas. In the marine, energy, furniture and heating equipment and refrigeration industry.

Therefore we need to have confidence in terms of quality of machine tools. “I think that SMTCL brand and SMTCL machines can meet the requirements of the most demanding customers,” says Vadym Kovalchuk, distributor of machines SMTCL. And according to the words of Joseph Weber probably not the last cooperation with the SMTCL brand.


SMTCL brand itself is in our country among the uninitiated still little known. However, for professionals who are involved in metalworking, they are clear. Worldwide is one of the largest manufacturers of machine tools. Company Name Shenyang Group (SYMG) does not say too much. However SMTCL (Shenyang Machine Tool Co. Ltd) engineer of machining technology already know who is talking about.

SMTCL is one of the machine tools brand, produced by Shenyang Group. In its production in recent years Shenyang Group has made a huge jump. For example, in 2014 the Chinese Shenyang and Kunming and German Aschersleben produced machines for more than $ 2.5 billion. For comparison, production in the commodity of machine tools in Czech Republic in 2014 was $ 630 million.

“Our machines are made of components from Germany, Japan, Taiwan, Korea and China. I think that production in excess of 80,000 machines annually warrants its experience and expertise with which then helps customers around the world,” Vadym Kovalchuk


The current range of Shenyang Machine Tool is very large. It focuses on vertical milling and lathes, horizontal boring machines and gantry machines. The main commodity products is turning, milling, drilling and boring. During its existence, the SMTCL developed into a very modern and world-recognized manufacturer. Also realized a series of foreign acquisitions. In 2004 they bought a German manufacturer of heavy machine tools Schiess, who with his 150-year history belonged to the German treasures.

For example, in North America, the SMTCL brand has really big name. It even has its own TV show. Among its customers are so famous and popular.

In recent years, SMTCL invest heavily in design and new technologies. Of course this is to maximize the competitiveness of its machines. At the same time also in order to get its rightful place on the technological cutting edge of the industry.

Through a strategic expansion into the aerospace, defense, shipbuilding and energy markets with stable product development towards high-grade CNC machine tools SMTCL gives to the world a note that “biggest” can also be “the most perfect”. All thanks to an unprecedented combination of superior German engineering, technology, design and Chinese production efficiency.

SMTCL in addition to ongoing research and manufacturing transformations constantly supports the sales, marketing and consulting. All this SMTCL presents to the end customer with full support. One of the slogans of the company SMTCL is to be alongside to the customers. This means in practice be as close as possible to each individual person, shop, smaller and larger companies, of course, large multinational companies – future partners. “We do not want to sell the machine and finish, we must be with our customers in constant contact. Deal with them any further solutions, service cooperation and so on”, outlined owner of Zenitec V. Kovalchuk.

The precondition for this is, of course,to have in each country, as well as Czech and Slovak Republic, exclusive representation. To be as close as possible to customers. “The continued interest of customers and listening to their needs among the essential part of our business. Throughout the world, this cooperation works perfectly. SMTCL has its branch already practically in all continents,” said Kovalchuk.

Europe in this regard so far remained a little bit unused. “This we try to change and we have huge support from SMTCL. I mean support both know-how and financial. Machinery possibilities of SMTCL are enormous. From smaller CNC machines to larg- width multi-axis machining centers, “said managing director ZENITEC.


SMTCL and therefore ZENITEC company now focus mainly on two production lines of machines – lathes VIVA TURN and vertical milling machine VMC series. Goes without saying for these machines is to add additional axes and other accessories. All this according to individual customer needs.

Generally speaking, it is a middle class of machines. For example, vertical milling machine VMC 850 in the most selling item. It is the second smallest size of a variety of VMC line. However already in Germany engeneers work on a new series and SMTCL hopes to bring more innovations to the benefit of even better machining. SMTCL Europe has a sales network with its headquarters in Germany, with knowledgeable engineers, technologists and service personnel. The advantage is that these experienced professionals working in the sector for decades. They know what is good for the type of machining and are able to recommend and make the machine literally at peace.

The main target of the company ZENITEC is exclusive cooperation with SMTCL. It means, sale and service of CNC machines in the Czech Republic and Slovakia and then Ukraine. This market is very interesting for SMTCL and well-known for metalworking and SMTCL can satisfy even the most demanding customers. “Considering that SMTCL machines are characterized by high rigidity and stability and are already well equipped as standard, I think, in terms of prices they are very competitive,” said Kovalchuk.


Thanks to the base in Frankfurt the company SMTCL can plan the stable development of sales. An extremely important role for the customers plays service. ZENITEC currently has three departure point for service: 1. Brno 2. Kolin main office and showroom. 3. Trencin (On the Slovak aria). All this to minimize stopways distances.

Regarding machines, SMTCL is going to involve on the European market all its range gradually. And this is, as already mentioned, extremely comprehensive. “I think we have what to look forward to. Support from all sides at the moment is huge, the timetable given, but certainly now I will not reveal,” said Vadym Kovalchuk with the fact that now he looks forward that the company ZENITEC will be able to offer more multi-axis centers, lathes with maximum parameters and also machines for large machining.

The proverbial cherry on the cake is the new control system “i5” that will have all world today possible facilities in the machining and communication. For example in the USA has already premiered this system, Europe is next one.

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