INEOS TEAM UK INSTALLS 10,000TH HAAS UK CNC MACHINE
INEOS TEAM UK has announced the installation of the 10,000th Haas UK CNC machine at its headquarters in Portsmouth. INEOS, one of the world’s largest manufacturing companies, has formed the team to challenge for the 36th America’s Cup to be held in New Zealand in 2021. INEOS has partnered with Sir Ben Ainslie, the most successful Olympic sailor in history, as team principal and skipper.
The recently installed Haas CNC Toolroom Mill will be in constant use, developing components for their first America’s Cup race boat, named ‘Britannia’ in homage to one of Britain’s most famous racing yachts. INEOS TEAM UK will use its world class technologies and manufacturing know-how to develop Britannia, giving the best possible chance to bring the oldest international sporting trophy and sailing’s premier contest back to Britain for the first time.
Sir Ben Ainslie commented; “We’re really excited to be part of this fantastic milestone for Haas Automation. It’s a great partnership for our team, because our designers and engineers now have access to high quality Haas CNC machinery. For us to know we’ve got such reliability and accuracy is incredibly important, together with the technical support from Haas, both locally and globally, as we travel the world with the America’s Cup.”
INEOS TEAM UK Chief Designer, Nick Holroyd, outlined the complexity of the challenge; “This AC75 is the first foiling monohull of this size, it’s unlike anything ever seen on the water before, it’s hugely ambitious and it sets out an entirely new type of boat and with only eighteen months to design and build there comes challenges, but that’s what makes the Cup so exciting.”
From the moment the AC75 Class Rule was published in 2018, the team has put over 90,000 design and 50,000 construction hours to get Britannia in the water.
The Haas machine, together with a Haas Toolroom Lathe, will accompany the team to New Zealand for the America’s Cup, giving the engineers access to CNC milling and turning as required. Additionally, the team will benefit from full technical support thanks to Haas Automation’s global network. This 10,000th installation, in the UK, brings the total number of Haas CNC machines to over 200,000 worldwide.