Powder press manufacturer SMS Meer, Mönchengladbach, Germany, has announced the opening of a subsidiary company in Japan. SMS Meer KK was officially launched with a technical symposium and a reception at the German embassy in Tokyo on April 12, 2012.
SMS Meer produces a range of machinery and plants for steel, copper and aluminium forming including a range of hydraulic CNC powder presses, hybrid presses (CHP – Controlled Hybrid Press) and mechanical presses for the Powder Metallurgy industry.
“SMS Meer KK is a clear commitment to an important market for us,” stated Dr Joachim Schönbeck, President and CEO of SMS Meer. “In recent years, the number of projects for SMS Meer in Japan has increased significantly. The time is now right for us to better support our customers through local services in Japanese language and standards.”
SMS Meer KK is based in Tokyo and starts with four dedicated employees, headed by its President Yuzo Oishi.
SMS Meer has a long history in Japan. The company’s first order was for a seamless tube plant in the 1930s. Business increased during the 1950s, for example with a wire rod mill being ordered by Yawata Iron & Steel Co. Hikari Works -today Nippon Steel Corporation. Besides that SMS Meer also regularly cooperates with its Japanese customers for this overseas investment.
“Latest state-of-the-art technology, competitive prices, top quality and a strong local service team is our commitment to this market. Therefore, I am very optimistic about our business opportunities in the future,” emphasises Schönbeck
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