Sumitomo Electric Carbide Joins OMIC R&D

The Japanese carbide manufacturer is the 30th company to join the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center Research and Development. 


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Kazuyoshi Kimura shakes hands with Craig Campbell

OMIC R&D Executive Director shakes hands with Sumitomo Electric Carbide Inc. President Kazuyoshi Kimura. OMIC R&D recently welcomed Sumitomo as its 30th member. 

The Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center Research and Development (OMIC R&D) recently welcomed Sumitomo Electric Carbide Inc. as its 30th member. Sumitomo, which is headquartered in Hyogo, Japan, has a U.S. headquarters in Chicago and several other U.S.-based cutting tool manufacturing facilities. It is one of the largest carbide manufacturers in the world and has operated in the U.S. since 1979. The company currently has about 4,000 employees worldwide.

Sumitomo is known for its development and manufacture of cemented carbide, CBN and sintered diamond cutting tools, wear-resistant tools and their materials, laser optics for laser processing machines, and diamond products for electronics parts.

Craig Campbell, executive director of OMIC R&D says, “Sumitomo shares OMIC R&D’s desire for active and engaged members. They are known to have a technology first mentality and they bring unique solutions to the discussion that will help us solve industry’s machining challenges. Sumitomo possesses an energy and excitement that fits very well with our hands-on approach to solving problems.”

“I am very excited that Sumitomo Electric Carbide, USA, has now become a member of OMIC R&D, as this collaboration aligns well with Sumitomo Electric Hardmetal R&D in Japan, our parent company,” says Sumitomo President Kazuyoshi Kimura. “Sumitomo development and innovation of high performance cutting edge material technology through powder metallurgy and super high pressure techniques will contribute in the innovation of manufacturing technologies through the activities at OMIC."