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Mitsui to Participate in High-performance Polyethylene Resin Manufacturing and Sales Venture in Singapore

Nov. 9, 2012


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Mitsui & Co., Ltd. ("Mitsui," Head Office:Tokyo, President and CEO: Masami Iijima) has concluded a shareholders' agreement with Prime Polymer Co., Ltd. ("PRM," Mitsui Chemicals 65%, Idemitsu Kosan 35%) to establish a joint venture company in Singapore for the manufacture and sale of Evolue™, a high-performance linear-low density polyethylene resin (LLDPE).

The venture will enable Mitsui to pursue business opportunities that draw on its strategic partnership with the Mitsui Chemicals Group, and thereby provide support toward facilitating growth in domestic and overseas sales of high-performance resins, an area in which Mitsui Chemicals excels.

PRM has embarked on overseas expansion initiatives employing a product differentiation strategy in the high-performance resins segment, and aims to tap into rapidly growing demand in Asian markets through manufacturing and sales of its Evolue™ metallocene-catalyst LLDPE polymer which exhibits exceptional product characteristics.

The new Singaporean production facility which is to be built largely through the joint venture involving investment from Mitsui will represent the first Evolue™ production base overseas. Mitsui stands committed to its role as a partner in the venture toward enabling PRM to achieve its goal of becoming the leading player in Asia's high-performance polyethylene with its Evolue™ product.

Profile of New Joint Venture Company

Company Name Prime Evolue Singapore Pte. Ltd.
Location Singapore
Established October 2012
Capital USD 115 million (approximately JPY 9.2 billion)
Shares Prime Polymer: 80%, Mitsui & Co., Ltd.: 20%
Main Business Manufacture and sale of EvolueTM metallocene-catalyst linear-low density polyethylene
Production capacity 300,000 metric tons per year

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Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
Corporate Communications Division
Yuichiro Sera
Telephone: +81-3-3285-7562
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