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 defines the North American building materials business as an industry that is expected to maintain solid growth on the basis of the stable growth of the population. To integrate management, ITOCHU has established ITOCHU Building Products Holdings Inc. as a holding company for the North American building materials business. It aims to continuously expand the fence business under its control and enter other building materials areas. ITOCHU operates CIPA Lumber Co. Ltd., a veneer manufacturer, and Pacific Woodtech Corporation, a laminated veneer lumber manufacturer, jointly with Daiken Corporation, a major building materials manufacturer. Going forward, it will leverage the knowledge it has accumulated over many years and the manufacturing expertise of Daiken Corporation to continuously increase earnings strength and corporate value.

In the field of pulp and paper, ITOCHU is leveraging its pulp sales network spanning Asia, Europe and North America to further consolidate its position as a global pulp trader and to further strengthen the pulp business. ITOCHU invested in Metsa Fibre Oy in 2012. Based in Finland, it is one of the world's largest softwood pulp producers. Following the production increase in 2017, ITOCHU has implemented an increase in production in 2023, following an increase in 2017, in order to meet growing pulp demand worldwide. ITOCHU will sell its pulp chiefly in the Asia market which will help increase Metsa Fibre's presence. In addition to conventional paper products and hygiene materials, ITOCHU is 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, ITOCHU has constructed a strong global value chain from the natural rubber processing business that is one of the largest operations of its kind in Southeast Asia by a general trading company to the tire wholesale and retail businesses. In the tire business specifically, ITOCHU operates Kwik-Fit (GB) Ltd. It is a leading company in the tire retail industry in the United Kingdom, which ITOCHU defines as a strategic region. In these activities, ITOCHU is working to continuously build up its sales network. In addition, ITOCHU put Murfitts Group Ltd under its control in 2021. It aims to contribute to the sustainability of the entire tire supply chain by collecting waste tires to reduce waste and selling recycled products.

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. 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 and West Asia, the Group has 3PL companies such as PT. ILC LOGISTICS INDONESIA (Indonesia) and IP Integrated Services Private Limited (India), and provides logistics operation services in emerging markets.