The manufacturer of dewatering and sewage pumps Tsurumi is building a new plant at its headquarters in Kyoto, Japan. It is the market leader’s seventh.
The company is responding to changes in global supply chains that have occurred since Corona, characterised by fluctuations in parts availability and costs. Greater control over the manufacturing process and process quality are other motives.
In the first step, Tsurumi is investing around 70 million euros. Production will initially concentrate on electric motors, the key element of every pump. The technological competence for this is available: The company already manufactures around 110,000 motors per year. The focus is on the powerful and sophisticated drives for the GPN series, a robust sand pump with a flow rate of up to 9000 l/min. For this and other series, cast parts are already being produced that were previously purchased. Partly a necessity: in Japan, of all countries, the number of foundries has declined by about 70 per cent in the last 20 years. On the other hand, Tsurumi is entering the technological frontier: 3D printers layer the moulds from many layers of sand, which increases precision compared to the conventional process. The new plant is scheduled to go into operation in autumn 2024.
In contrast to what is usual in the industry, most of the 500 pump models offered in Europe (with flow rates up to 30 m3/min or 216 m head) are available for immediate delivery from the EU warehouse. Modular design, many common parts and easy maintenance paired with durable components are the often-mentioned success factors of the pumps with the blue water vortex in the logo.
TSURUMI (Europe) GmbH