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Automobile, Construction Machinery, Industrial Systems, Life & Healthcare
“Exploiting a Global Network to Deliver Diverse Services”
Involved in automobile exports since Japan began exporting automobiles in the 1950s, we have been contributing to the development of Japan’s automobile industry by providing highly reliable products to the markets worldwide while steadily developing a sales and service network. And simultaneously, these efforts have been helping to enrich the motoring lives of customers around the world.
Through marketing that capitalizes on our global network, we provide the optimal products for each market as well as a comprehensively broad range of flexible functions suited to the needs of markets and customers, including export-financing and inventory control.
For example, in Hungary, we have been developing businesses with Suzuki Motor Corporation in a multifaceted way. As well as participating in manufacturing operations, we are developing distribution for manufacturing parts and finished goods; opening up the markets of neighboring countries and developing export operations; and building wholesale, retail sales, and equipment-related businesses. Further, in response to the structural changes in the automobile industry in recent years, we have been broadening the scope of our activities to include upstream and downstream areas, such as materials, parts manufacturing, distribution, retail, and finance-related operations.
These include parts-related businesses in the United States and China; retail sales in the United States, China, Europe, and other regions; and sales finance businesses in Asia.
In Japan, we are pursuing a multifaceted approach to the entire automobile industry by investing in Akebono Brake Industry Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of brakes for vehicles; Yanase & Co. Ltd., a dealership specialized in import luxury cars; and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation, a major leasing company. ITOCHU will further broaden its field of business while giving full play to its comprehensive capabilities and enhancing synergies among the Company and Group companies in Japan and abroad.
“Supplying Isuzu Commercial Vehicles to Countries Worldwide”
Isuzu Motors Limited has been an important business partner since 1971, when ITOCHU arranged a partnership between Isuzu and General Motors Company of the United States. Now, we sell Isuzu products worldwide, including Japan and the United States.
Isuzu is a first-class manufacturer of commercial vehicles. We are involved with operations for the sale of Isuzu products in Japan, North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and other regions worldwide. Currently, we handle more than half of the Commercial Vehicles that Isuzu sells around the world.
Moreover, we are further strengthening our partnership through equity participation in Isuzu distributors in the United States, Japan, Vietnam, and Turkey.
In Japan, the establishment of Isuzu dealership companies has made ITOCHU the only trading company involved in Isuzu’s domestic dealership operations for commercial vehicles.
With rising concern about environmental issues, restrictions on exhaust gas and fuel consumption are strengthening all over the world. We believe that our mission is to provide environment-friendly products that meet current needs. Accordingly, we intend to deliver Isuzu products equipped with world-class environmental technologies to customers in countries around the world.
“Contributing to the Development of Infrastructure around the World”
We are expanding this business in two ways; one is to export various types of Construction Machinery and the other is to locally manufacture and wholesale Construction Machinery.
Our exporting business contributes to the development of infrastructure around the world, with a focus on emerging countries.
In the local manufacture and distribution of Construction Machinery, our businesses cater to the demand of each market. In North America, we manufacture and distribute small-to-medium-size Construction Machinery and Generators. In South Africa, we distribute Mining and Construction Machinery, while in Indonesia we are involved in local manufacture as well as distribution. In other emerging countries, we are promoting Mining and Construction Machinery by partnering with local dealerships. Meanwhile, in Japan ITOCHU Construction Machinery Co., Ltd., provides Construction Machinery as well as a full lineup of material and equipment for the construction field.
Industrial Machinery & Electronic Systems
Business Field from “Clothing, Food and Housing” to Electronics ＆Environment
In the industrial machinery & electronic systems field, we are dealing with not only traditional Industrial machineries such as machine tools, food machinery and textile machinery, but also production equipment and materials in advanced technology fields related to secondary batteries, displays and films, etc.
Recently, in response to a growing interest in environment and energy issue, we are concentrating on environmental products such as PET bottles recycling line and eco printers using water-base ink.
In addition to the distribution of products to industries, such as electronic parts and devices, we are also dealing with products which are directly linked with consumers, such as LED lighting devices and secondary batteries.
We are conducting trading businesses in various fields in cooperation with our two domestic business company, ITOCHU Machine-Technos Corporation and ITOCHU SysTech Corporation.
Life & Healthcare
Expanding Business Lines in Upstream, Midstream, and Downstream Areas Based on Our “Medical Value Chain Concept”
Mainly comprising medical services and health-related businesses, the Life & Healthcare business area is increasingly becoming a focus of attention as society ages and is one of the areas where ITOCHU is at the forefront. Under our “medical value chain concept,” we are expanding our business lines in areas ranging from the distribution of medical devices through to services for hospitals in a way that simultaneously develops businesses and realizes social contributions.
Medical Value Chain
Utilizing its expertise as a general trading company (sogo-shosha) and M&A, ITOCHU is developing and adopting new business models in all areas, including upstream manufacture of medical devices, services for clinical development and marketing of pharmaceuticals; midstream wholesale distribution of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies; and downstream services for hospitals. Also, we are redoubling efforts in such new business areas as China’s market and preventive healthcare through sales, technology, capital tie-ups with major partners.
Medical Device Manufacturing and Sales
Centered on subsidiary Century Medical, Inc., we are expanding and improving our business foundations.
We are expanding our businesses in this area at home and abroad. In Japan, in 2008 ITOCHU took stakes in two leading manufacturers in the field of treatment and diagnosis: Japan Medical Dynamic Marketing Inc., which specializes in orthopedic medical devices, and Goodman Co., Ltd., which specializes in devices for cardiovascular internal medicine. Overseas, we concluded a capital and business alliance with medical device manufacturer Promed Medical Tech. (Suzhou) Co., Ltd., of China in 2010.
Century Medical, Inc.
|Established in 1974. Engaged in the importing and distribution of medical devices for a wide range of areas in the field of treatment and diagnosis, such as cardiovascular surgery, cardiology, orthopedics, emergency medicine, and cancer treatment.|
Japan MDM, Inc.
|Established in 1973. Listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange, First Section.
Engaged in the importing, manufacturing, and distribution of orthopedic surgery devices, such as artificial joints, fracture plates, and spine plates. Holds the leading market share in Japan.
Goodman Co., Ltd.
|Established in 1975. Listed on JASDAQ
Commands strong sales and high market share in the field of import, manufacturing, and distribution of medical devices for cardiovascular intervention, such as catheters, stents, and aneurysm coils.
Promed Medical Tech. (Suzhou) Co., Ltd.
|Established in 2006.
Manufacturer and developer in the cardiovascular intervention field (catheters and stents). Since 2010, has been in a capital and business alliance with Goodman Co., Ltd., and ITOCHU (China) Holding Co., Ltd.
Services for Clinical Development and Marketing of Pharmaceuticals
In response to the increasing use of outsourcing in the pharmaceuticals industry, we are building an organization that is able to provide a comprehensive range of outsourcing services, from contract research organization (CRO) functions through to contract sales organization (CSO) functions and promotional support services.
|Established in 2003 as a spin-off from CRC Solutions Corp. (currently ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation). Provides a range of services to pharmaceuticals companies for processes in pharmaceutical development operations, including statistical analysis, data management, and monitoring. Will concentrate efforts on developing global support systems for clinical trials centered on Asia, establishing tie-ups with major contract research organizations (CROs), and introducing overseas clinical development related systems to Japan’s market.|
|Established 2004. Operates contract sales organization (CSO) business, which provides medical representative (MR) dispatching and sales and marketing support to pharmaceuticals companies, and a business that establishes and supports the operations of PET centers. Operates two PET centers in Japan, provides regional medical coordination support functions.|
Medical Collective Intelligence Co., Ltd.
|Established in 2007. Operates a business that provides marketing research in the pharmaceuticals and medical equipment fields targeting over 40,000 members of doctors’ panels and a market-analysis solutions business that operates membership web sites for doctors on behalf of pharmaceuticals companies.|
Wholesale of Pharmaceuticals and Medical Supplies
ITOCHU provides services for hospitals such as SPD service and distribution services such as group purchasing mainly through Healthcare-Tech Corp., and in China, it is involved in the distribution of pharmaceuticals and medical devices.
|Established in 1991. Services for hospitals.
Specializes in distribution services. Offers a variety of services aimed at improving hospital management and services, including SPD services, sales of medical supplies and pharmaceuticals, and systems provision.
Hubei Kyoso Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
|Established in 2010.
A joint venture with TOHO HOLDINGS CO., LTD., and Jointown Pharmaceutical Group Co., Ltd., for the wholesale of pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, health foods, and healthcare goods of domestic and overseas manufacturers.
Services for Hospitals
As streamlining of operations in hospitals is required, to provide services that help improve the hospital management, we develop and promote new business models, including improving management service and one-stop outsourcing service.
PFI Project for Kobe City Medical Center General Hospital
In 2008, the city of Kobe signed an agreement with a joint venture company established by Kobe Steel, Ltd., ITOCHU Corporation and Nikken Sekkei Ltd. for a PFI (private finance initiative) arrangement involving the rebuilding and operation support of the Kobe City Medical Center General Hospital. PFI is a method for funding social projects whereby expertise, and in some cases funding, from the private sector is applied to the planning, construction, maintenance, management and operation of public facilities, with the private sector taking the lead in providing public services to enhance efficiency.
The Kobe City Medical Center General Hospital project seeks to leverage private sector
expertise in the operation of this hospital, which is working to provide a high level of care based on medical capabilities currently available only at a handful of local-government-owned hospitals in Japan. The hospital will be rebuild, with the PFI providing facility maintenance, management and peripheral treatment services over the subsequent 30 years.
SPD Services for 5 Prefectural Hospitals in Osaka
ITOCHU is providing SPD (Supply Processing & Distribution) services to the Osaka Prefectural Hospital Organization since April 2006. The SPD is a centralized method utilizing IT and outsourcing services to control medical supply stocks in the hospitals. The SPD services are jointly operated with Healthcare-Tech Corporation, ITOCHU’s subsidiary for distribution services to the five prefectural hospitals. It contributes to reducing procurement cost and inventory and increasing operational efficiency in the hospitals.
New Influenza Countermeasure Business
As on the “New Influenza Countermeasure Plan,” this operation is designed to help the customers to respond promptly and effectively to the outbreak of the new influenza pandemic. We offer a temporary outpatient system for patients with a fever that is required by medical institutions during the initial stages of a new outbreak. And, we also provide medical garments and goods to protect the medical staff from infection.
Establishment of the Japan Medical Partners Corporate Alliance
In 2008, ITOCHU jointly established the “Japan Medical Partners” corporate alliance with various other companies to provide a one-stop service for the transportation of devices that the national government, local governments, and companies use to prevent infection or as part of emergency measures.
The number of member companies will increase and diversify. We will invite the medical advisors to join the alliance to provide consulting services to customers. As the alliance grows, we will develop a structure where the participants such as public offices and companies can share the information to promptly cope with outbreak of infectious disease.
In Japan, through Wellness Communications Corporation we provide services that facilitate health checkup reservations and handle settlements on behalf of companies and health insurance societies. In addition, we will take advantage of a network of healthcare facilities and doctors and manufacturers of testing equipment for health checkups in Japan and overseas in order to develop new businesses in the preventative healthcare area in China and Asia, a market that promises to expand in the same way Japan’s market has.
Wellness Communications Corporation
Through tie-ups with the health checkup facilities of approximately 2,000 institutions, provides companies and health insurance societies with outsourcing services that facilitate the reservation of health checkups and comprehensive medical examinations, handle settlements on their behalf, and manage health checkup data. By enabling customers to manage previous years’ health checkup results via the Internet, our health support system helps organizations to strengthen and increase the efficiency of their health management operations.