Sep. 13, 2018
Stake Acquired in 3D-printed Product Manufacturer SINTAVIA
Sumitomo Corporation (Head Office: Chuo-ku, Tokyo; President and Chief Executive Officer: Masayuki Hyodo), via Sumitomo Corporation of Americas (Head Office: New York, USA; Representative: Shingo Ueno; hereinafter, the two companies are collectively referred to as “Sumitomo Corporation Group”), has invested in Sintavia, LLC (Head Office: Florida, USA; Chief Executive Officer: Brian Neff; hereinafter, “Sintavia”), a company with metallic material 3D-printing (additive fabrication) technology.
Research and development of 3D-printing technology has been underway since the 1980s, and this technology has been applied to a variety of uses, especially with resin materials. As this technology has made it possible to manufacture metallic materials into complex configurations unattainable with conventional manufacturing methods, it has also been employed for certain metallic products. Numerous industries are expected to introduce 3D-printing in the hopes of reducing development time for components, decreasing inventory, and slashing logistics/storage costs.
Sintavia is a company with metallic material 3D-printing technology whose strengths lie in the aerospace and oil & gas markets. The 3D-printing and all other processes involved – including product design, powder sampling, machine processing, thermal treatment, and quality inspection – can be carried out entirely in-house. The company has earned NADCAP certification, an international certification for the aerospace industry requiring extremely robust quality control functions, as well as AS9100, ISO 17025 and ANAB certifications, all evidencing the company’s adept quality control capabilities. Components manufactured using such manufacturing/quality control capabilities as advanced 3D-printing manufacturing/design technology, incidental machine processing, thermal treatment and quality assurance are being provided to the aerospace industry as well as a broad range of other industries.
By investing in Sintavia, the Sumitomo Corporation Group will be leveraging the technical capabilities of Sintavia, a metallic material 3D-printed product manufacturer anticipating global growth in future, to provide even greater value to the customer base it has developed in the international/domestic aerospace and oil & gas industries. To its customers in the aerospace industry both in Japan and abroad, the Sumitomo Corporation Group will be offering 3D-printed products, while to those in the oil & gas market it will be using 3D-printing for some of the products handled by its American subsidiary Howco.
In future, the Sumitomo Corporation Group will contribute to industrial development worldwide in line with social needs by investing in companies possessing innovative technology.
|■ Company profile|
|Company name||:||Sintavia, LLC|
|Headquarters||:||Davie, Florida, USA|
|Business description||:||Development, manufacture, and sales of metallic material 3D-printed products|
■ 3D-Printed Parts (Development Phase)
|Turbine Blade of Aircraft Engine||
Nozzle Guide Vane of Aircraft Engine
■ Sumitomo Corporation’s Material Issues
The Sumitomo Corporation Group positions “Six Material Issues to Achieve Sustainable Growth with Society” as an important factor in developing business strategies and in the decision-making processes for individual businesses. Going forward, we will pursue sustainable growth by resolving these issues through our business activities. This project should prove especially beneficial in “Contributing to the Development of Local Communities and Industries” and “Establishing a Foundation for Comfortable and Enriching Lifestyles”.