February 27, 2008,09:09 +0900(JST) Our Contribution to Hokkaido (2)
As I wrote in my previous entry, we had the great honor of receiving a visit from Governor Ms. Harumi Takahashi of Hokkaido and Mayor Mr. Ryoji Kita of Naie Town at our two Group companies, Hokkaido Sumiden Precision Co., Ltd. and Hokkaido Electric Industries Ltd. both located in Naie Town, Sorachi County, Hokkaido. The day of their visit was unusually cold, with snow on the ground. I felt very grateful indeed for their coming to inspect our facilities.
I had met Governor Takahashi and Mayor Kita on many occasions before and I know them very well. However, to receive them in our Hokkaido premises is a special occasion and I wanted them to get a better understanding of how both the companies were doing.
The Governor and Mayor along with other members of the visiting party took great interest in our operations. What we are most thankful about is the fact that both companies are doing well in terms of business growth and have been able to leave some record of contribution to the local community in various forms.
This photo shows the tour of Hokkaido Sumiden Precision. This company deals with metal powders that need to be produced and stored in low humidity environments. Hokkaido’s dry climate is perfectly suited as the location for manufacturing the right quality of powder.
To remain operational as the world’s top manufacturing plant of cemented carbide cutting inserts, the company has now built an additional facility for the manufacture of metal powder, deploying state-of-the art technology.
“Powder” may be a little difficult to imagine. The facility manufactures powder comprising a mixture of extremely hard metals such as tungsten and cobalt that are pulverized into fine round particles.
Ultimately the powder is compacted and sintered to make cemented carbide tools for metal-cutting machines such as numerically-controlled (NC) lathes and machining centers that cut or grind industrial materials like iron.
Manufacturing that exploits the latest powder technology is a technology full of potential: it has developed and expanded even into the manufacture of synthetic diamonds. I hope that the Hokkaido plant will continue to push the boundaries of new technology and raise world standards.