Superior Tube and Fine Tubes expand operations in the Far East with distribution partner in Japan
World-leading manufacturers and global suppliers of precision tubes for critical applications, US-based Superior Tube and UK-based Fine Tubes have signed a two year contract with Fusoh Aviation Co., Ltd to act as their distribution partner in Japan for the aerospace and space sectors.
Superior Tube and Fine Tubes see significant growth potential in the Japanese aerospace and space markets and, having worked successfully with Fusoh on an ad-hoc basis in recent years, were keen to establish a formal partnership. Fusoh Aviation’s client base features a number of global aerospace manufacturers, including IHI Corporation, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Fuji Heavy Industries and also the Japan MOD and Coast Guard.
Both Superior Tube and Fine Tubes have a long record of manufacturing high performance titanium, stainless steel and nickel alloy tubes for some of the world’s most advanced civil and military aerospace projects. Designed for airframes, engines and flight surface actuation, the tubing supplied by the two companies is capable of withstanding some of the most critical conditions, including high pressures and high temperatures.
Fine Tubes is one of the few suppliers qualified to produce the high pressure titanium tubes used in the hydraulic systems of the Airbus A380 aircraft and has provided tubing for the heat exchanger of the revolutionary propulsion unit for the space plane, Skylon. Superior Tube, a qualified supplier to Boeing for both commercial and military aircraft, has previously developed precision tubing for NASA’s Apollo, Space Shuttle and Mars Exploration programs.
Whilst the initial agreement is limited to aerospace and space applications, it could be extended to cover other markets, including Nuclear, in the future.
Paul Mallett, Aerospace Product Manager, commented:
“We’re delighted to have concluded this agreement with Fusoh. Our immediate focus is on growing our aerospace client base in Japan but we believe the potential is there for further co-operation to help us expand our business in the country across other markets.”
Akira Tanabe, Senior Vice President of Fusoh Aviation Co., Ltd. added:
“Fusoh Aviation Co., Ltd. is very excited to have made an agreement with Fine Tubes and Superior Tube and is looking forward to assisting both companies in expanding their business into the Japanese markets.”