FIT Additive Manufacturing Group, a German 3D printing service provider has announced a collaboration with Mitsui & Co. Machine Tech Ltd., a subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate Mitsui & Co., Ltd. The partnership aims to offer German 3D printing and advisory services to Japanese manufacturing industries.
Trust and expertise
Headquartered in Lupburg, FIT Additive Manufacturing parent company FIT AG has 25 years of experience in additive manufacturing, conventional manufacturing and post-processing. For the arm specialized in metal 3D printing, the group has recently acquired the state-of-the-art hot isostatic pressing machine for post-processing 3D printed metals. The group also owns a range of 3D printing technologies, such as SLA, LM, and SLS. Other than providing manufacturing services, FIT also offers strategic AM consulting services for Japanese customers who wish to invest into their own additive manufacturing capacity.
Mitsui Machine Tech provides a variety of factory equipment, engineering solutions and professional additive design services to the manufacturing industry. In relation to the new partnership Carl Fruth, CEO of FIT, said, “The cooperation of Mitsui Machine Tech and FIT offers Japanese customers the combination of trust and expertise. This is essential during the introduction of new technologies.”
Japan embraces Additive Manufacturing
Last year, FIT launched its Japanese subsidiary FIT Japan KK in Nagoya. The branch was founded to expand FIT’s operations and customer base within Asia’s developing AM market. It offers manufacturers a service package with a complete portfolio of AM technologies from pre-production to post-processing and quality assurance phases. “We are sure that it is a very good time to start the service in Japan,” Osamu Shinohara, president of Mitsui Machine Tech Ltd. commented.
The demand for additive manufacturing technologies has been rapidly growing as select industries, including automobile manufacturers merge AM processes into their production of end-parts and tools. The Toyota Motor Corporation, for example, has completed a three-year joint research and development project with FIT.
Noticing the growing market for this technology Reed Exhibitions Japan launched the region’s first Advanced 3D Printing EXPO this year, with a second edition to follow in 2020. Other additive manufacturing companies with operations in the area include Titomic and German OEM EOS.
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