Plant Project, Marine & Aerospace
From Conventional Large-Scale Project Development to Future Energy Initiatives
In the plant project field, we bring to bear the comprehensive strengths of a trading company, including information gathering and development capabilities, project finance capability, and coordinate function between related parties obtained through involvement in international projects over many years. We are involved in projects such as seawater desalination plants, water supply and sewerage facilities, water and environment-related businesses such as power generation from waste, renewable and alternative energy projects including geothermal, wind and solar power generation; electric power- related services, social and transportation infrastructure such as railways, bridges, and ports, and large oil, natural gas and petrochemical plants. We have also branched out into project development, project finance, project investment, M&A, and operation and maintenance for plant facilities in countries all over the world.
We also undertake EPC (Engineering, Procurement & Construction) projects, where we take charge of plant construction in collaboration with heavy industry, heavy electric machinery, engineering and construction companies.
We are actively expanding water and environment-related businesses, which are positioned as a top priority sector. In the seawater desalination field, we are involved in large seawater desalination projects in Australia and Oman. In the water supply sector, we invested in supply services provided by Bristol Water, a British company providing a full range of services from water source management to billing.
In the environment field, we are involved in energy-from-waste projects in the UK and Serbia and the industrial waste disposal business in Saudi Arabia, and we are also planning to actively expand business in Japan and the wider Asia region in the future.
We are involved in various aspects of power generation projects. These include construction and refurbishment projects for all types of power plants worldwide, the Independent Power Producer (IPP) businesses, investment in and the operation of new and existing power stations, as well as the operation and maintenance businesses.
We are building a business portfolio that can help reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) by proactively advancing power generation that utilizes renewable energy sources, such as geothermal, wind and solar.
Transportation and Infrastructure
To cater to growing demand for railways, bridges, ports, airport facilities and other forms of infrastructure, particularly in emerging countries, we are promoting projects in collaboration with Japanese and overseas manufacturers and operators.
In the railway sector, we secured a public-private partnership (PPP) contract to provide trains to the government of Queensland, Australia in 2014, and have already begun commercial operations.
In the port sector, we participated (signed contract in 2011) in the Lach Huyen Port project, the first PPP project in Vietnam, and the port opened in 2018. In the bridge sector, Turkey’s longest suspension bridge, the Izmit Bay Bridge (for which we signed a contract in 2011) opened in 2016.
Oil, Gas and petrochemical plants
Focusing on oil-producing countries and emerging countries around the world, we pursue projects relating to oil and gas development and production, refineries, LNG, the petrochemical industry, and energy infrastructure. Through collaboration with engineering firms and plant equipment manufacturers in Japan and overseas, we demonstrate diverse capabilities, spanning project formation, EPC, the export of equipment, the arrangement of finance and the coordination of raw materials supply and off-taking of final products, thus contributing to the realization of projects which support the growth of emerging economies.
Supporting Shipping not only in Japan but around the World
Accounting for approximately 30% of shipbuilding worldwide, Japan’s shipbuilding industry plays a leading role in the international market. With this as a backdrop, we fully realize our functions as a trading company, which enables us to provide comprehensive high-value-added solutions such as brokering new and secondhand vessels, providing ship financing and undertaking ship ownership and chartering. Accordingly, we have established a remarkable track record for providing services to shipping lines around the world, including North America, Europe, Asia, Japan, Latin America, and the Middle East. Recently, we have been extending the scope of our transaction activities beyond shipyards in Japan to include shipyards in Korea and China. We are also actively engaged in transportation projects for LNG and LPG, which are attracting attention as clean energies.
In collaboration with a prominent group of maritime companies (shipping lines, publishers, trading companies etc.) in Japan and Asia, we established MarineNet Co., Ltd. This company operates Marine Net, the first portal site for the shipping and shipbuilding industries in Japan, and provides maritime companies with consulting services that include the distribution of shipping and shipbuilding related information and ship valuation.
Operating aerospace-related businesses for government and the private sector
In the field of aircraft, we are expanding our businesses in areas related to defense, civil aircraft, aircraft leasing, space and security based on the excellent relationships we have built over many years with aerospace companies with world-leading advanced technological capabilities. These companies include The Boeing Company, Raytheon Company, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Honeywell International Inc.
With ITOCHU as the mainstay, Group companies, ITOCHU Aviation Co., Ltd. and Japan Aerospace Corporation in Japan, ITOCHU Aviation, Inc. and JAC USA in the United States undertake marketing and contract implementation in the field of defense and government business as well as private/business aircraft business. For civil airlines, we swiftly identify market needs in a wide range of business areas and provide precise business solutions through JAMCO Corporation, which operates an aircraft interior and maintenance business, and ITOCHU AirLease B.V. in the Netherlands, which leases commercial aircraft.