Hitachi Metals Ltd has entered into a licensing agreement with Teikuro Inc for the technical provision of Hitachi Metals high performance surface treatment TribecTM in order to meet the demand for surface treatment for dies in the North American market. Going forward, customers will have access to TribecTM Kagari surface treatment services, including film removal, at Teikuro Corporation US location in North America. Specifically, a dedicated coating facility will be installed at Teikuro Corporation’s Springfield Plant in Ohio in United States, and the service will be offered under the name T-Forte by Teikuro Corporation. Sales for customers in the United States and Canada are scheduled to begin on March 1, 2021.
Surface treatments for coating film on metal surfaces are an effective technology for increasing the strength, durability and sliding performance of dies and automotive engine parts. In recent years, the need for surface treatments to increase the strength and durability of dies has been increasing more than ever to enable support for high-tensile steel sheets.
In its efforts to expand global sales of tool steel in its specialty steels business, Hitachi Metals has strengthened its tool steel solutions sales structure in several ways. These include acquiring US company Diehl Tool Steel Inc and making it a consolidated subsidiary; establishing Hitachi Metals (Ningbo) Co Ltd in China; enhancing cutting and processing capacity at its plants in Asia; and introducing surface treatment equipment.