ITOCHU trades an extensive lineup of products, including basic chemicals, plastics, electronic materials, and pharmaceutical raw materials. By leveraging our worldwide sales network, among trading companies we have become one of the largest handlers of organic basic raw materials, synthetic fiber raw materials, sulfur and its derivatives, and plastics. In addition to trading, by investing in businesses we are building a multifaceted portfolio that covers upstream areas through to downstream areas. Consequently, this division includes many major Group companies, such as ITOCHU CHEMICAL FRONTIER Corporation, and ITOCHU PLASTICS Inc.
We are also focused on creating new businesses that respond to the needs of society. We are actively developing Life & Healthcare initiatives in the pharmaceutical field, as well as environment-related business fields. In pharmaceuticals, we have begun participating in trading in raw materials and preparations, the licensing business, wholesale and pharmacy chain businesses in China, and regenerative medicine. In business related to the environment, Group companies are working together on a new eco-friendly material initiatives and new business models based on greater awareness of recycling. We are stepping up market-oriented initiatives to meet social needs.