Tetsuya Okamura, CEO of Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery GmbH (Schwaig, Germany), utilized the occasion of Brasilplast to make his first visit to the country of Brazil, signifying the importance of the show and the local market to the injection molding machine supplier. Joined by Christoph Rieker, general manager Sumitomo (SHI) Demag do Brasil Comércio de Máquinas para Plástico Ltda. (Tamboré), Okamura noted to PlasticsToday that Sumitomo and Demag have a long-held presence in Brazil, with the latter actually making machines in country until 1998.
Even after ceasing location production, Demag maintained its office space and local technicians to service the existing installed machine base. Sumitomo, which joined with Demag three years ago, integrated its Brazilian operation into Demag's, and the company estimates an installed machine base of around 850. At this point, Sumitomo Demag has 12 employees in country, with additional support provided from Germany and Japan....