Forest Products, General Merchandise & Logistics Division
Building Global Value Chains with “the Home and Living” as Keywords
|Celulose Nipo-Brasileira S.A. (CENIBRA) Plantation|
Apparel, food, and the home are three of the product categories that ITOCHU handles. Of these, the Forest Products & General Merchandise Division handles products related to the “home.” It contributes to affluent lifestyles through diverse value creation in the consumer-related sector focusing on the home and living.
In the building products and materials related area, the Division has established a strong market presence through the major Group companies,such as ITOCHU Kenzai Corp., under its umbrella. In the pulp and paper area, we are advancing a strategy to become the world’s No. 1 pulp trader based on pulp sales networks that we have built in Asia, Europe, and North America. In particular, Celulose Nipo-Brasileira S.A. of Brazil has established competitive superiority in the global market as a pulp production base thanks to high volumes of eucalyptus virgin wood growth and rigorous efforts to increase efficiency. Moreover, ITOCHU acquired 24.9% of the shares outstanding in METSA FIBRE OY, one of the world’s largest softwood pulp producers in 2012. New commercial rights will be obtained for handling part of METSA FIBRE softwood pulp in the softwood pulp market. As a result, ITOCHU will confirm its leading global position in pulp trading, expanding its sales network and further strengthening its paper pulp business.
In the rubber and tire area, we have built a robust value chain that extends from one of the largest natural rubber and natural rubber processing businesses in Southeast Asia through to tire wholesale and retail businesses in Europe, the United States, and Russia. 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.
ITOCHU’s logistics group ensures the success of the global supply chain solution business by strategically understanding customers’ logistics businesses beyond simply segmented services such as storage and transportation.
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 of the operation of the largest-scale 3PL business among Japanese corporations. ITOCHU LOGISTICS (CHINA) CO., LTD. and Tingtong Logistics 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.
ITOCHU will proactively deploy the global logistics business in cold chains and e-commerce that are growth fields requiring functions with high additional value, while effectively using the strengths of a general trading company.
Maritime Shipping Services
We charter ships and provide transportation services for non-scheduled cargo such as iron ore, coal, grain, and cement, as well as scheduled cargo such as automotives and machineries. We have extensive experience in chartering vessels for iron ore on behalf of major steel manufacturers in China, transporting finished vehicles, automotive parts, construction equipment, and other cargo to Europe, United States, and other countries, also providing electric-power companies in Japan with coal transportation services. In partnership with leading international shipping companies, we continue expanding transportation services for non-scheduled cargo.