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Mar. 06, 2012
Sumitomo Corporation
Sumisho Tekko Hanbai Co., Ltd.

Establishment of Steel Building Materials Joint Venture

Sumitomo Corporation (Head Office: Chuo-ku, Tokyo; President and CEO: Susumu Kato), Sumisho Tekko Hanbai Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Chuo-ku, Tokyo; President and CEO: Haya Otsuka; hereinafter "STH"), a subsidiary of Sumitomo Corporation, and SMC Trading Investment Joint Stock Company (Head Office: Ho Chi Minh City; President: Nguyen Ngoc Anh; hereinafter "SMC"), Vietnam's largest steel products distributor, have agreed to establish SMC-Summit Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Ba Ria-Vung Taul Province; President: Pham Duc Thang; hereinafter "SMC-Summit"), a joint venture that engages in the processing, distribution and sale of steel building materials.

 

【Establishment of joint venture】
In Vietnam in recent years, investment in construction has been steadily growing, mainly driven by the attraction of foreign capital by the country's burgeoning economy. The current focus of this construction boom is on high-rise buildings as a part of large-scale development projects in urban areas. The boom is expected to expand to include full-scale infrastructure development of sewerage, subway, expressway and other fundamental systems in the coming years.

 

Against this background, Sumitomo Corporation and SMC agreed to establish SMC-Summit, a joint venture that will primarily engage in the processing, distribution and sales of steel building materials, in order to effectively position itself in this promising market to meet potentially souring demand. (See below for the company profiles of SMC and SMC-Summit.)

 

【Business outline of the joint venture】
Under this recent agreement, SMC-Summit will engage in processing, distribution and sales of reinforcing bars, screw rebars, pile foundation pipes and other steel building materials. To this end, the new venture will rent an office, warehouse and plant from SMC starting in April 2012. The company will endeavor to supply quality building materials throughout the Vietnamese market, mainly for large-scale engineering and construction projects for tall structures, by conducting sales activities that are finely-tuned to meet individual customer needs. In addition, by launching new materials in a timely manner, SMC-Summit aims to become a leading comprehensive building materials supplier that can respond effectively to the future arrival of a steel structure age in Vietnam.

<Company profile>
■SMC-Summit

Company name : SMC-Summit Co., Ltd.
Location : Head office and plant: Ba Ria-Vung Taul Province
Sales office : Ho Chi Minh City
Main business : Distribution, processing and sales of reinforcing steel bars, screw rebars and other steel building materials
Paid-in capital : Approx. 4 million dollars (Approx. 320 million yen)
Ownership percentage : Sumitomo Corporation: 30%
Sumisho Tekko Hanbai Co., Ltd.: 15%
Sumitomo Corporation Vietnam LLC: 5%
MC Trading Investment Joint Stock Company: 50%
Major offerings : Reinforcing steel bars (including screw rebars), steel pile foundation pipes and other steel building materials
Number of employees : 22
Establishment : March 2012
Business launch : April 2012

■SMC Trading Investment Joint Stock Company (Listed on HCMC, Code: SMC)

Company name : SMC Trading Investment Joint Stock Company
Location : Head office: Ho Chi Minh City
Main business : Distribution of building materials
Paid-in capital : VND 295 billion (Approx. 1,148 million yen)
Number of employees : 338 (Group total)
Establishment : 1996

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Sumitomo Corporation

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