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Establishment of Steel Processing Center with Steel Industrial Company, Russia

Oct. 7, 2011


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Mitsui & Co., Ltd. ("Mitsui", head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, President and CEO: Masami Iijima) and Russia's largest independent steel trading company, Steel Industrial Company ("SIC"), executed a joint venture agreement to establish a steel processing center for construction related products, and today completed the investment.

SIC is headquartered in Yekaterinburg, Ural Region, and has over 40 sales branches and service centers covering Russia. SIC currently trades approximately 1 million tons of steel products annually.

Following the announcement of Mitsui as the first trading company in Russia to participate in an automotive steel service center, Mitsui will become the first Japanese company to establish a service center specialized in construction related products.

Russia is showing stable economic growth due to its rich resources and stable government, and demand for infrastructure and housing is increasing. Further, a special procurement boom is expected from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and 2018 FIFA World Cup. The new steel processing center will mainly target the Ural region and will supply services to meet the growing needs in infrastructure.

Mitsui, with its experience in operating steel processing centers worldwide, with SIC, a company with a strong sales network in Russia, will work to build an integrated processing and sales network for construction related products in Russia and the CIS region.

Corporate profile of the joint venture company

Corporate name LLC Stami
Head office Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia
General Director Oleg Gennadevich Elfimov
Shareholders Mitsui 49%, SIC 51%
Charter Capital 400 million rubles (approximately 940 million yen)
Business activity Steel processing and sales for the construction sector

Corporate profile of SIC

Official Company name Steel Industrial Company
General Director Alexey Yurevich Sukhnev
Year of Establishment 1991
Head office Yekaterinburg, Russia
Business Activities Processing and sales of steel products
Sales Network Over 40 branches and service centers in Russia
Sales 23,078 million rubles
(Dec 2010 approximately 54.2 billion yen)
Total Assets 9,789 million rubles
(Dec 2010 approximately 22.9 billion yen)
Employees Approx.2,000

Location of the new steel processing center

Location of the new steel processing center

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Information

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Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
Corporate Communications Division
Noriko Okamoto
Telephone: +81-3-3285-6645
Facsimile: +81-3-3285-9819