Sumitomo Electric looks to expand cutting tool business with focus on aerospace industry

January 31, 2020

Sumitomo Electric looks to expand cutting tool business with focus on aerospace industry
Sumitomo manufactures a wide range of cutting tools (Courtesy Sumitomo Industries Ltd)

With materials used in airframes being hard to machine, Sumitomo Electric Industries has reported plans to use its Powder Metallurgy technology and ultra-high pressure technology to develop the next-generation cutting tools required in the aircraft industry. The statement came as the company announced it recently joined its third aerospace-related consortium.

In December last year, the company’s US-based subsidiary, Sumitomo Electric Carbide, Inc., headquartered in Illinois, USA, joined the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center Research and Development (OMIC R&D), an industry-academia-government cooperative consortium for aircraft R&D.

OMIC R&D was established in 2017 under the initiative of the Boeing Company, which includes six private enterprises in Oregon, USA, three universities in Oregon  and the Oregon state government. Its objective is to promote collaboration among industries, academia and government, strengthening competitiveness in metalworking and developing those who will play key roles in the field of next-generation manufacturing.

Sumitomo previously joined the UK-based Advanced Manufacturing Research Center (AMRC) in 2017 and Germany’s International Center for Turbomachinery Manufacturing (ICTM) in 2018.

In addition to joining the consortia, Sumitomo explains that it will implement a variety of strategies to drive full-scale expansion of its cutting tool business in the aircraft industry, such as technical support from its European Design and Engineering Centre and America Tool Engineering Center, quick response to the demands for non-standard special-purpose products through its local production bases, and development of products in Japan.

In the latest issue of PM Review…

Download PDF

Extensive Powder Metallurgy industry news coverage, and the following exclusive deep-dive articles and reports:

  • Höganäs’ fourth reinvention: Creating sustainable metal powders for automotive electrification
  • Powder Metallurgy in China: Markets, applications and the impact of vehicle electrification
  • Taking control of your metal powder supply chain: Blue Power’s solutions for in-house atomisation
  • Shaping the future: Dorst Technologies on digitisation, data and the PM ‘smart factory’
  • JPMA Awards 2022: PM process innovations supporting the route to carbon neutrality

The latest news from the world of metal powders, delivered to your inbox

Don't miss any new issue of PM Review, and get the latest industry news. Sign up to our weekly newsletter.

Sign up

Join our community

Discover our magazine archive…

The free-to-access PM Review magazine archive offers unparalleled insight into the world of Powder Metallurgy from a commercial and technological perspective through:

  • Reports on visits to leading PM part manufacturers, metal powder manufacturers and industry suppliers
  • Articles on technology and application trends
  • Information on materials developments
  • Reviews of key technical presentations from the international conference circuit
  • International industry news

All past issues are available to download as free PDFs or view in your browser.


Browse the archive


Looking for PM production equipment, metal powders, R&D support and more?

Discover suppliers of these and more in our
advertisers’ index and buyer’s guide, available in the back of PM Review magazine.

  • Powders & materials
  • Powder process, classification & analysis
  • PM products
  • Atomisers & powder production technology
  • Compaction presses, tooling & ancillaries
  • Sintering equipment & ancillaries
  • Post-processing
  • Consulting & toll sintering
Download PDF
Share via
Copy link