ITOCHU Announces Acquisition of Shares in Toyo Advanced Technologies

April 27, 2012

ITOCHU Corporation (headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo; Masahiro Okafuji, President & CEO; hereinafter “ITOCHU”) has reached a basic agreement with Mazda Motor Corporation (headquartered in Fuchu-cho, Aki-gun, Hiroshima; Takashi Yamanouchi, Representative Director and Chairman of the Board, President & CEO; hereinafter “Mazda”) on acquiring majority shares of Toyo Advanced Technologies Co., Ltd. headquartered in Minami-ku, Hiroshima; Yasuto Tatsuta, President; hereinafter “Toyo Advanced Technologies”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Mazda.

The principal business of Toyo Advanced Technologies is to manufacture and sell machine tools and automobile parts. In particular, it has Japan’s top class market share in internal grinders, which are essential for manufacturing precision machinery components. The history of Toyo Advanced Technologies dates back to 1929, when it began manufacturing grinding machines in house for the then Toyo Kogyo Co., Ltd. (today’s Mazda) as one of its divisions. The machine tool manufacturing technology of the brand “TOYO” cultivated within the automobile manufacturer, has earned considerable respect in a number of industrial fields. Automobile parts manufactured by Toyo Advanced Technologies are of high quality and well received by Mazda and other auto manufacturer.

ITOCHU purchased additional shares of Mazda in November 2010 as its longtime business partner and has been seeking to further expand the strategic partnership with Mazda This acquisition of shares of Toyo Advanced Technologies enhances such partnership and leads to maximize the corporate value of Toyo Advanced Technologies by increasing business opportunities through the overseas sales networks of ITOCHU based on high brand awareness of the TOYO brand with ongoing technological support of Mazda.

Overview of Toyo Advanced Technologies:

Company name Toyo Advanced Technologies Co., Ltd.
Head Office Minami-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima (head office/ plant)
Representative Yasuto Tatsuta, President
Net Sales 30.3 billion yen (fiscal year ended March 2011)
Capital 3.0 billion yen (as of March 2011)
Principal Business ・Manufacture and sale of machine tools 
・Manufacture and sale of automobile parts