FIT and Mitsui Machine Tech partner to accelerate AM in Japan

July 8, 2019

Back, from left: Alexander Bonke (CEO FIT Production), Carl Fruth (CEO FIT Additive Manufacturing), Albert Klein (CFO/CSO FIT Additive Manufacturing). Front, from left: Shigeo Watanabe (General Manager, Business Planning Division, Corporate Planning & Strategy, Mitsui & Co. Machine Tech), Yasushi Murata (Director Project Management Japan FIT Additive Manufacturing), Takahiro Sueki (Business Planning Division, Corporate Planning & Strategy, Mitsui & Co. Machine Tech)

FIT Additive Manufacturing Group, Lupburg, Germany, and Mitsui & Co. Machine Tech Ltd., located in Tokyo, Japan, a subsidiary of Mitsui & Co., Ltd., have entered into partnership to deliver FIT’s Additive Manufacturing solutions to Japanese manufacturers. 

Mitsui Machine Tech states that it will introduce its customers to FIT’s engineering, project management, and manufacturing services in close cooperation with FIT Production GmbH and FIT Japan K.K., both subsidiaries of FIT AG. Additionally, the companies will reportedly provide Additive Manufacturing solutions to Japanese customers who wish to invest in their own AM capabilities.

According to Mitsui Machine Tech, Japanese companies are increasing their activities in Additive Manufacturing, witnessed by a three-year joint research and development project between Toyota Motor Corporation and FIT. With the partnership, FIT and Mitsui Machine Tech intend to assist the developing Japanese AM market.

Carl Fruth, FIT CEO, stated, “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. We have developed a well-defined set of services in the additive design and manufacturing of final products and volume parts, and now Mitsui Machine Tech and FIT offer this to the Japanese market. Our cooperation with Mitsui Machine Tech fills us with pride and joy. We have high expectations as to the results.”

“We are very glad to work together with FIT, an esteemed and leading company of Additive Manufacturing in the world,” commented Osamu Shinohara, president of Mitsui Machine Tech Ltd. “We are sure that it is a very good time to start the service in Japan, and that we could provide our customers with valuable solutions based on FIT’s expertise.”

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