Forest Products, General Merchandise & Logistics Division
Building Global Value Chains with “the Home and Living” as Keywords
Out of the three product categories handled by ITOCHU: apparel, food, and the home, “home” is the primary focus of the Forest Products, General Merchandise & Logistics Division. This Division contributes to affluent lifestyles through diverse value creation in the consumer-related sector focusing on the home and living.
ITOCHU is pushing ahead with the reorganization of the North American building materials business as an area with the potential for steady growth driven by stable population growth. In addition to MASTER-HALCO Inc., a fence manufacturing and distribution company, and ALTA Forest Products LLC, a wood fence board manufacturing and sales company, ITOCHU acquired Jamieson Manufacturing Corporation, a fence manufacturing and distribution company, and Reichert Shake & Fencing, a manufacturer of wooden fence pickets, in FY2019. Meanwhile ITOCHU sold some of its shares in CIPA Lumber Co., Ltd., a manufacturer of veneer, and PACIFIC WOODTECH CORPORATION, a manufacturer of Laminated Veneer Lumber, to Daiken Corporation and began managing the veneer business jointly with Daiken. Moving forward, ITOCHU will combine the knowledge it has built up over many years with Daiken's manufacturing knowhow as a leading manufacturer of residential housing materials to further strengthen its earning power and enhance its corporate value.
In the field of pulp and paper, we are leveraging our pulp sales network spanning Asia, Europe and North America to further consolidate our position as a global pulp trader and to further strengthen the pulp business. Finland’s METSA FIBRE OY (MF), one of the world’s largest softwood pulp producers in which we acquired shares in 2012, announced that it plans to increase production capacity in 2023, after stepping up production in 2017. ITOCHU will help bolster MF's presence by selling pulp in the Asia market. In addition to conventional paper products and hygiene materials, we are also focusing on cellulose nanofiber and new environmentally materials made from wood and preparing for the market introduction of new technologies.
In the rubber and tire area, we have built a robust value chain that extends from one of the largest natural rubber processing businesses in Southeast Asia through to tire wholesale and retail businesses. In particular, having acquired the Kwik-Fit Group as the leading tire retailer in the United Kingdom, a strategic country, we are further strengthening our sales network.
Logistics Solutions (3PL, Logistics Center Management & Operation, International Multimodal Logistics, Automotive Logistics) and Maritime Shipping Services & Supply Chain Networks
With changes in distribution channels resulting from the emergence of e-commerce giants and changes in the logistics environment such as shortages of truck drivers and trucks, industry demand for new forms of supply chains is growing. Drawing on our strengths as a general trading company, we have moved beyond providing standalone services such as “storage” and “transportation” and begun creating new networks for supply chains that will solve the challenges faced by the industry as a whole, including the creation of collaborative logistics networks.
As an operational company, ITOCHU LOGISTICS CORP. provides customers in a wide range of fields in Japan and overseas with high quality one-stop logistics services utilizing its logistics functions for land, sea and air, its wide domestic and international networks, its rich experience-based knowledge of on-site logistics operations, and added value including the distribution channel function.
In China, ITOCHU is proud to operate the largest-scale 3PL business among Japanese corporations. ITOCHU LOGISTICS (CHINA) CO., LTD. and Dateng Logistics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. ensure the success of carefully managed logistics operations based on a network covering the whole of China, mainly in the cosmetics/apparel/sundries retail/e-commerce field and the automobile field.
In ASEAN/West Asia, 3PL companies were established, including PT. ILC LOGISTICS INDONESIA (in Indonesia in 2012) and IP Integrated Services Private Limited (in India in 2011). Logistics services have been enhanced in emerging markets.
Maritime Shipping Services
We charter ships and provide transportation services for tramper cargo such as iron ore, coal, grain, cement, power generation fuel and chemicals, automotive cargo such as finished vehicles and machinery, and other scheduled cargo such as CKD parts and service parts.
Japanese shipping companies have, of course, developed friendly partnerships with shipping companies overseas and we utilize our maritime service knowhow and contacts and networks around the world to provide maritime services including chartering vessels for iron ore on behalf of major steel manufacturers in China.
We have also established a collaborative logistics system with ITOCHU Logistics Corporation, putting in in place a system that meets the diverse maritime transport needs of our customers.