ITOCHU Announces Capital Investment and Execution of Business Alliance with TBM Co., Ltd.

Entry into Eco-Friendly Business Through New Material “LIMEX”

August 31, 2018

ITOCHU Corporation (headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo; Yoshihisa Suzuki, President & COO; hereinafter “ITOCHU”) announced today that it has decided to conclude capital investment and has entered into business alliance with TBM Co., Ltd. (headquartered in Chuo-ku, Tokyo; Nobuyoshi Yamasaki, Chief Executive Officer; hereinafter “TBM”) to collaborate for the aim of expanding the LIMEX business of TBM.
TBM currently develops, manufactures and sells products made from a limestone-based material known as “LIMEX”, enabling to reduce plastic use leading to a lesser dependence on petroleum-derived materials.

In recent years, microplastics have been gaining extensive attention as major cause of marine pollution as well as other environmental concerns. There are movements in various countries to introduce bans and regulations on single use plastic products with expectation of further enforcement in future. Companies around the world are expected to take actions against environmental issues, enhancing the reduction of the use of limited natural resources and replacing them with alternative materials with lower environmental impacts.

As for LIMEX, international patent applications have been approved or currently await approval in more than 40 countries around the world, of which 20 countries have already been registered including Japan, China, Europe and the U.S.
ITOCHU, which positions ESG as a top priority issue in business operations, has executed a business alliance with TBM for operations in raw material procurement and sales of LIMEX products overseas, carrying out application development in various fields by fully utilizing its competitive global network.
ITOCHU will also provide support for the license business to offer manufacturing expertise on LIMEX in a variety of countries around the world enhancing the expansion of the LIMEX business of TBM.

TBM Co., Ltd.

Representative Nobuyoshi Yamasaki
Address 6th Floor, 2-7-17, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Foundation 2011
Capital 6,070,800,000 yen (including legal capital surplus)/ as of March 2018
Business description development/manufacturing/sales of LIMEX and LIMEX products

Limestone, the major raw material of LIMEX

Examples of LIMEX products