Kimura Foundry, a ferrous cast metal foundry in Japan, has entered into a technology supply agreement with the Swedish process control specialist SinterCast for Compacted Graphite Iron (CGI) product development, prototyping and niche volume production.

Under the terms of the agreement, SinterCast will install a Mini-System 3000 at the Kimura foundry in Shizouka, Japan. Planned to be shipped during November and commissioned before year end, it will enable Kimura to independently produce high quality CGI components for its global customer base. 

"Adding CGI casting capability with the SinterCast process will position Kimura as a leading global casting supplier for new product development. Together with our full mould process and 3D sand printing capabilities, global OEMs and partner foundries can leverage Kimura's engineering and casting capabilities for short lead time prototype castings, providing design engineers with the ability to rapidly develop new engine programmes or other component applications," said company president Kazutoshi Kimura.

"We look forward to the installation, which will provide an opportunity for us to play a key role in the global growth of CGI."

"The Kimura order reaffirms the trend toward CGI for demanding casting applications. Kimura will now be able to offer complete CGI casting solutions for automotive, commercial vehicle, and industrial power OEMs for prototyping and niche volume production," said Steve Dawson, president & CEO of SinterCast.

"The Kimura installation is our fourth in Japan and our 20th in Asia."