Company profile

About us

Two brands. One strong team.

The Global Metal Forming Group owned by Sumitomo Heavy Industries is an international group of companies who play a decisive role in writing the future of chipless metal forming. With more than 759 employees all over the world the group develops and produces a broad range of machines that master technologies such as Spinning, Flow Forming, Hub forming, Flange Forming, Spin Extrusion, Shear Forming, Profiling, Necking-in and Splitting. Suitable for a wide range of applications, the machines are individually designed for the Automotive, Aerospace, Wind & Engergy, Pipes, Oil & Gas, Agriculture & Construction, Lighting, HVAC, Food & Chemical industries.

With its market leading brands LEIFELD and NIHON SPINDLE the Global Metal Forming Group aims to shape our industry for the better, representing a driving force in its transformation and adaptation to new paradigms. Through innovative strength and dedication to excellent execution, the group set standards for eco-friendly and future solutions in forward-looking fields. The role as a market leader means an obligation: to take on the challenge of advancing technology as well as the industry as a whole – for the benefit of all customers. Towards this vision the Global Metal Forming Group works as a strong team, both inside the group as well as with its customers and partners.

Our innovations and milestones

Company History


Leifeld founded in Ahlen, Germany


Nihon Spindle Manufacturing founded in Amagasaki, Japan


First manual metal spinning machine


First NC-controlled metal spinning machine


First machine for gas cylinder production


New process for producing weight-optimised wheels


First machine for producing workpieces with teeth on the inside and outside


Longest stretching machine in the world


Foundation of Leifeld China


Most powerful flow-forming machine in the world


Foundation of Leifeld USA


Start of digital simulations


Foundation of Leifeld Russia


Integration: Leifeld Metal Spinning and Nihon Spindle Manufacturing join forces