June 12, 2012
*This press release was issued on May 28, 2012 in Japan.
Hokkaido Sumiden Precision Co., Ltd. (Hokkaido Sumiden) is our production base for cemented carbide indexable inserts, main products of Sumitomo Electric's hardmetal business. Having initiated construction of a new plant in September 2011, Hokkaido Sumiden recently completed the plant, and commenced full operation today.
Since it began operations in 1980, Hokkaido Sumiden, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Electric Hardmetal Corporation, has carried on integrated production of high-performance, high-quality indexable inserts, supplying them to users throughout the world. Cemented carbide indexable inserts are essential for machining all kinds of mechanical parts in the automotive, steel, shipbuilding and IT industries. Demand for the inserts has been increasing on a global scale due to economic development and growing automobile production especially in emerging economies.
Hokkaido Sumiden precisely meets this growing demand. Cemented carbide indexable inserts are produced through processes such as powder compaction, sintering, machining and coating. Hokkaido Sumiden began constructing the new plant to integrate these processes into super-high-efficiency lines and minimize in-process inventory; the plant was recently completed and begins full operation today.
On May 27, Hokkaido Sumiden held the annual Moss Phlox Festival to foster good relationships with local residents. The festival was graced with the presence of Hokkaido Governor Harumi Takahashi, who also visited the new plant.
The Sumitomo Electric Group will continue to support global manufacture, swiftly delivering high-quality cemented carbide indexable inserts to our customers throughout the world.
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