Sumitomo Precision Products Co. Ltd. (SPP) Japan has announced the opening of its Canadian operations, SPP Canada Aircraft Inc. (SPPCA), in Mississauga, Ont., to better serve their client base and North American customers on.
The 102,000-sq.-ft. facility at 2025 Meadowvale Blvd. in Mississauga will house full engineering capability—design, production and product support for landing gear and relevant landing gear control systems for commercial aircraft. The production capability of the newly established Canadian subsidiary will be focused on the final assembly process for landing gear and the assembly kit parts will be supplied primarily from its headquarters in Japan. The site operations will also include sales and marketing, new products program management, supply chain development and research and technology.
The main objectives of SPPCA are:
- Employment of experienced professional and technically skilled staff to significantly improve engineering, production, and marketing capabilities toward achieving excellence in customer satisfaction in one of the world’s largest aerospace clusters.
- Proximity to the North American aerospace market for enhanced communication, performance and logistics for existing and new customers.
The company’s customer base includes key airframers such as Bombardier, Gulfstream, Honda and Mitsubishi. Currently landing system products and is in the development phase at the Canadian operation.
Establishing the Canadian operations marks another phase in the company’s development and commitment to the global aerospace industry. The company’s roots were in research and development of Duralumin in 1916, leading to the manufacture of materials for aircraft propeller blades and the formation of Sumitomo Metals Industries in 1935. The Aero Products Division was created in 1956 and began manufacture of aircraft landing gears, hydraulic equipment, wooden rotor blades for helicopters, etc. In 1961, the Aero Products Division of Sumitomo Metals Industries, Ltd. became independent under the name Sumitomo Precision Products Co., Ltd..
Initial investment in North America was in 1975 when the company established a New York office and received approval for heat exchanger manufacture under ASME standards. In the late 1980s, the company began development and manufacture of equipment for space applications. ISO 9001 certification was received in 1997 for aircraft components and aircraft engine components. The following decade brought global joint ventures and acquisitions. As well, in 2000 Sumitomo Precision Products USA was formed.
Most recently, SPPCA was established in April 2012 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Precision Products. The Canadian Government and the Government of Ontario worked closely with Sumitomo Precision Products Co., Ltd. during the company’s site location evaluation and have offered to continue to work with the company as it establishes its Canadian operation.
This article is courtesy of Wings Magazine.