OMAX Corporation, a global leader in abrasivejet machining, recently appointed James Fikse to the position of regional manager for China. Fikse will use his more than 30 years of project management experience to further enhance OMAX’s market position in China.
According to Steve Ulmer, vice president of international sales for OMAX, the company has seen increased demand for its precision-engineered multi-axis abrasive systems in China since first entering this marketplace four years ago, making it critical to increase its support network within the country.
The OMAX distribution partner for China, Simeco Limited/Cowin Welding Equipment & Consumable Co., Limited, which has demo centers in Shanghai and Nanjing, is providing excellent support to hundreds of OMAX customers, but in order to keep up with demand and maintain high levels of service in China, OMAX is strategically adding more employees to its global support team, including Fikse. In addition to the Simeco/Cowin demo centers, manufacturers in China can also experience OMAX machines at the Association of Manufacturing Technology demo center in Pudong.
Fikse, a graduate of Western Washington University, has spent his entire professional career specializing in project management, which includes participation in functions such as sales, marketing as well as product design and development. He has a high level of understanding when it comes to various manufacturing processes, including waterjet cutting, casting, forging, flowforming, CNC milling, liquid and powder coating and metallurgy. Additionally, he has experience working with CAD/CAM technology, lean manufacturing principles, manufacturing optimization processes and quality control disciplines.
Over the years, Fikse has been involved in the design and development of products that have secured U.S. patents, including an automotive wheel (D376,125), a manual resin extruder for effecting glass repair (5,407,338), a glass crack repair tool (D351, 543) and a log yarding skyline carriage (4,238,038).
“We are thrilled to have Jim join the OMAX team,” said Ulmer. “With his proven project management experience, solid manufacturing background and strong communication skills, he will most definitely be able to increase our presence in China, expand distributor knowledge and grow our company’s overall market share.”
Prior to joining OMAX, Fikse worked as a technical consultant for Formula 43 Company in Detroit, Mich. where he completed several design and development projects involving a line of high-performance forged aluminum automotive wheel products. He was also the co-founder of USA Wheel Technology Inc. where he created a high-performance motorsport brand and world championship winning product line.
In addition to its growth in China, OMAX is experiencing increased demand all over the world, prompting the company to add more technical support employees to its team to cover India, Asia, and the Western and Eastern regions of Canada. Furthermore, manufacturers around the world can experience OMAX at various international demo centers, including the Association of Manufacturing Technology demo center in Chennai, India and the Elblag Professional Tech Facility in Poland owned by OMAX’s distribution partner, Jet System.