MELD Manufacturing Announces Partnership with Sumitomo Corporation in Japan


MELD Manufacturing Corporation, large scale metal printer OEM, today announced that it has partnered with Sumitomo Corporation, a leading Fortune 500 global trading and business investment company, to become MELD’s first representative in Japan.

“Sumitomo Corporation, one of the most respected companies in Japan, is a trusted partner,” said Nanci Hardwick, CEO of MELD Manufacturing. “Sumitomo’s extensive network and experience in bringing new technologies to market will be invaluable to us as we expand our presence in Japan. Together, we will implement the advantages of additive manufacturing for our customers in shipbuilding, aerospace, and defense.”

Under the terms of the partnership, Sumitomo Corporation will be responsible for sales, marketing, and support of MELD Manufacturing’s products and services in Japan in select industries where large-scale parts are needed most.

This includes installation of MELD printers, which have print volumes measured in meters. MELD® printers use a proprietary additive manufacturing technology to make very large metal parts traditionally only possible with forgings. Additive manufacturing offers a number of advantages over traditional manufacturing methods, including faster production times, reduced costs, and improved quality.

About MELD Manufacturing Corporation

MELD Manufacturing Corporation offers 3D printing and hybrid machines for printing metal components. The open-atmosphere process is capable of printing large metal parts at a scale not yet seen in the metal additive market.  MELD is disrupting the manufacturing and repair of metals, both on Earth and in space, by harnessing the power of 3D printing. For more information about MELD Manufacturing Corporation, please visit

About Sumitomo Corporation

Sumitomo Corporation Group is a leading Fortune 500 global trading and business investment company with over 129 locations in 66 countries and regions. The company was founded in 1919 and employs over 78,000 people. Sumitomo’s business spans a wide range of products, including energy, metals, machinery, chemicals, textiles, and food products. Sumitomo also invests in a variety of businesses, including mining, oil and gas, and infrastructure. Investments and activities highlight a commitment to innovation and sustainability. For more information about Sumitomo, please visit