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FIT Additive Manufacturing Group and Mitsui Machine Tech Ltd. cooperate in Japan

FIT Additive Manufacturing Group and Mitsui & Co. Machine Tech Ltd., a subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate Mitsui & Co., Ltd. have announced their cooperation in Japan. The partnership aims to provide Japanese manufacturing companies with the additive manufacturing solutions of FIT, the German AM specialist.

The deal was announced at the German-Japanese Additive Manufacturing Forum, which was hosted by the German Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

“The cooperation of Mitsui Machine Tech and FIT offers Japanese customers the combination of trust and expertise,” said Carl Fruth, CEO of FIT. “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.”

Mitsui Machine Tech will propose to its Japanese customers 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. Furthermore, Mitsui Machine Tech and FIT will provide FIT’s extensive additive manufacturing solutions to those Japanese customers who wish to invest into their own additive manufacturing capacity. Japanese customers can therefore now access the long-standing expertise of the FIT Additive Manufacturing Group through a trusted manufacturing partner in Japan.

Japan focuses on additive manufacturing

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, the results of which were also presented at the Additive Manufacturing Forum in Tokyo. With their partnership, FIT und Mitsui Machine Tech intend to address the fast-growing Japanese additive manufacturing market and assist Japanese manufacturers in their approach to additive manufacturing by providing proven solutions.

“We are very glad to work together with FIT, an esteemed and leading company of additive manufacturing in the world,” said Osamu Shinohara, President of Mitsui Machine Tech Ltd. said. “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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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as both a technology journalist and communications consultant. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he received his undergraduate degree. Specializing in covering the AM industry, he founded London-based 3D Printing Business Media Ltd. (now 3dpbm) which operates in marketing, editorial and market analysys&consultancy services for the additive manufacturing industry. 3dpbm publishes 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies related to 3DP, as well as several editorial websites, including 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore. Since 2016 he is also a Senior Analyst for leading US-based firm SmarTech Analysis focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets.

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