Chicago Powdered Metal Products Company (CPMP) has established a sales office in Nagoya, Japan that will enable it to establish closer relationships with the Japanese auto companies and tier 1 suppliers. According to CPMP vice president Mike Miller, “Japanese auto manufacturers that manufacture in North America are looking to increase local purchases of auto parts. Our Japan Branch office will expand the technical services that we can provide them to help with this localization effort.”
The Japan office will report directly to CPMP Sales Manager Max Rumbaugh. “Our office in Nagoya will allow us to better support our customers’ engineering groups in Japan and respond quickly to their needs in all phases of development. Our Nagoya location is ideal to provide this support to our customers in Japan such as Toyota, Honda, and Nissan, and their respective group companies,” Rumbaugh states. “We are looking forward to improving our position in order to strengthen our close relationships with our Japanese customers.”
“We take customer satisfaction as the most important part of our business. We respond to our customer’s needs quickly,” Miller said in a meeting during which CPMP was welcomed to the area by Governor Kanda of the Aichi Prefecture in Japan. Miller and the governor also pointed out the convenience of the new Nagoya airport.
“At Chubu International Airport, we expect more flights between Nagoya and North America,” said Governor Kanda. “It will help more people carry out business between our countries.”
CPMP is a leading manufacturer in the U. S. of high-strength powdered metal components for automobiles. In the past, almost half of its sales have been to Ford and General Motors, and only a small percentage to the Japanese manufacturers. To improve this relationship, the Nagoya office will also function as a technical resource center for Japanese automakers manufacturing in the U.S.
The new center is staffed by Yoshihiro Kataoka, who joined CPMP from Makita Corporation. From the centrally-located Nagoya office, Kataoka will have easy access to potential customer companies throughout Japan.
CAPTION FOR PHOTO: Chicago Powdered Metal Products Vice President Michael Miller (on right) pictured with Governor Kanda of the Aichi Prefecture in Japan
Founded in 1948, Chicago Powdered Metal Products Company is one of the largest independent powder metal parts manufacturers in the United States. Its full range of presses—including the 1,650-ton powdered metal press—offers efficient, high-volume parts production of larger, increasingly complex, multi-level components used in a wide range of industry applications from automotive to hardware and appliance.