Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., Japan, has agreed with PT. Somagede, Indonesia, to establish a joint venture for the manufacture of cutting tools in Indonesia.
Carbide cutting tools, such as inserts and drills as well as cubic boron nitride (CBN) and sintered diamond tools, are widely used for machining automotive components and other mechanical parts.
The Sumitomo Electric Group supplies a variety of cutting tools to automakers, auto parts manufacturers and other industrial customers around the world and has to-date supplied the Indonesian market through its plant in Thailand.
The new company plans to gain a large share of the Indonesian market by supplying a wide range of products including cemented carbide drills for steel and cast iron, CBN inserts used in machining hardened steel and cast iron parts, and sintered diamond inserts used in turning aluminium parts.
Commercial production is expected to start in April 2013 and sales of approximately 700 million Yen are expected by 2015.
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