VBN Components, Uppsala, Sweden, has announced a strategic partnership with HTL Co. Japan Ltd., based in Tokyo, Japan, who will be a distributor for VBN’s Vibenite materials as the company aims to establish its presence in the Japanese market.
VBN Components develops metal alloys with extreme wear and heat resistance, including alloys such as Vibenite® 290, said to be the world’s hardest, commercially available steel, and Vibenite® 480, reportedly the world’s only additively manufactured cemented carbide.
According to VBN Components, HTL has been identified as a preferred partner due to its vast experience in business development, sales, and marketing on high-tech markets such as the semiconductor, Additive Manufacturing, and aerospace industries. Additionally, HTL has long-term business relations with universities, governmental agencies, and institutes.
“We are proud and honoured to have agreed with HTL, a Japanese enterprise in the field of high technology business, to represent us in the area of Additive Manufacturing,” stated Johan Bäckström, CEO of VBN Components. “We are convinced that this strategic agreement will be most important in the business development on the Japanese market.”
A K Acharya, president at HTL Co. Japan Ltd., commented, “It is an honour and pleasure for us to represent VBN Components, with its world-leading wear-resistant materials for Additive Manufacturing and their skills in materials, AM design, and production.”
Acharya continued, “We are convinced that by combining our unique skills in materials and Additive Manufacturing with the understanding of the Japanese industry, we will create a winning team for the benefit of all stakeholders.”