Azuma Kinzoku Sangyo Co. Ltd. was established as a foundry in 1942 in Omori, Ota-ku, Tokyo. It moved to Numazu in 1951, where customized sheet metal forming was added as a second business area in addition to the foundry. Its expertise includes production processes in which deformation can be taken into account or prevented early on during processing. It is one of the few companies in Japan that processes MMC materials (Metal Matrix Composite) – and it does so in compliance with all applicable quality standards. Azuma’s latest business field is additive manufacturing.
Kentaro Tanaka, 3rd generation manager of the company, has been looking into additive manufacturing processes for metal since 2014 and is extremely enthusiastic about Additive Manufacturing (AM), because: “Due to our many years of experience in foundry technology we know a lot about materials, forms and geometries. The future of our production will be additive manufacturing, because this is where we can make the best use of our strengths.”