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Leading players shaping the hydrogen industry

Apr. 27, 2016


Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
Toray Industries, Inc.
Hexagon Lincoln Inc.


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Mitsui & Co., Ltd. ("Mitsui", Head Office: Tokyo, President and CEO: Tatsuo Yasunaga), Toray Industries, Inc. ("Toray", Head Office: Tokyo, President: Akihiro Nikkaku), and Hexagon Lincoln Inc. *("Hexagon Lincoln", Head Office: Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, President: Jack Schimenti), a subsidiary of Hexagon Composites ASA ("Hexagon Composites" Head Office; Aalesund, Norway) entered into a joint development agreement on April/25/2016 to conduct a business viability study of a proposed joint venture to manufacture and sell carbon fiber reinforced high-pressure hydrogen cylinders for vehicles in Japan ("the Plan").

The aim of the Plan is to manufacture high-pressure hydrogen carbon fiber cylinders for fuel cell vehicles in the Japanese market, which is world-leading in the transition to a hydrogen-based society. The Plan would integrate and leverage the high-pressure cylinder manufacturing technology of Hexagon Composites, the world's leading manufacturer of carbon fiber-reinforced high-pressure cylinders with plastic liners ("composite cylinders"), the comprehensive capabilities of Mitsui, including its customer assets and marketing know-how, and the capacity of Toray to supply competitive, high-quality carbon fiber and develop new technologies.

Action to tackle global warming has become an urgent international priority. The development of lighter parts and materials to reduce energy consumption by transportation equipment, especially in motor vehicles, is seen as an important approach to the solution of this problem. The market for lightweight materials, such as carbon fiber, is expected to expand rapidly.

Hexagon Lincoln has as a track record in mass-production of composite cylinders for use in a wide range of natural gas vehicles, as well as for gas transportation and storage. Capitalizing on that mass-production track record, Hexagon Lincoln has developed high-pressure hydrogen cylinders as functional components for fuel cell vehicles, which are fueled by hydrogen and produce no harmful emissions when operating. With Japanese motor vehicle manufacturers planning to mass-produce tens of thousands of fuel cell vehicles by the time of the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, the market for high-pressure hydrogen cylinders as key components for these vehicles is expected to expand.

Hexagon Lincoln, Mitsui, and Toray are motivated to contribute to the Japanese government plans to make the 2020 Tokyo Olympics the starting point for the creation of a hydrogen society by commencing domestic production of high-pressure hydrogen cylinders as functional components for these fuel cell vehicles.

*Hexagon Lincoln: Wholly owned subsidiary of Hexagon Composites ASA, which is a publicly listed company with its headquarters in Aalesund, Norway. The Group develops and produces composite cylinders and systems for storage and transport of various gases under pressure.

Carbon fiber reinforced high-pressure hydrogen cylinders

Carbon fiber reinforced high-pressure hydrogen cylinders

Hydrogen Refueling Station for Fuel-Cell Vehicles

Hydrogen Refueling Station for Fuel-Cell Vehicles

Profile of Hexagon Lincoln

Company name Hexagon Lincoln Inc.
Address 5150 NW 40th St., Lincoln, NE 68524, USA
Establishment 2005
Representative President Jack Schimenti
Shareholder Hexagon Composites ASA: 100%
Activities Design, manufacture and sale of carbon fiber-reinforced high-pressure cylinders with plastic liners
Website

http://www.hexagonlincoln.com/

Profile of Hexagon Composites ASA

Company name Hexagon Composites ASA
Address Korsegata 4B. P.O. Box 836 Sentrum. NO-6002 Aalesund, Norway
Establishment 2000
Representative CEO & President Jon Erik Engeset
Shareholders Mitsui 25.01%, FLAKK INVESTMENT AS 20.57%, others
Net Sales (2015) 1444 million Norwegian krone (NOK)
Activities Design, manufacture and sale of carbon fiber-reinforced high-pressure cylinders with plastic liners
Website

http://www.hexagon.no/

Notice:
This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on Mitsui's current assumptions, expectations and beliefs in light of the information currently possessed by it and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors. Such risks, uncertainties and other factors may cause Mitsui's actual results, financial position or cash flows to be materially different from any future results, financial position or cash flows expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and other factors referred to above include, but are not limited to, those contained in Mitsui's latest Annual Securities Report and Quarterly Securities Report, and Mitsui undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.
This announcement is published in order to publicly announce specific facts stated above, and does not constitute a solicitation of investments or any similar act inside or outside of Japan, regarding the shares, bonds or other securities issued by us.

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For inquiries on this matter, please contact

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
Corporate Communications Division
Keitaro Kida
Telephone: +81-3-3285-6645
Facsimile: +81-3-3285-9819
Toray Industries, Inc.
Corporate Communications
Telephone: +81-3245-5179
Facsimile: +81-3245-5459
Hexagon Lincoln
Jack Schimenti, President
Telephone: +1-402-430-3863
jack.schimenti@hexagonlincoln.com
Hexagon Composites ASA
Solveig D. Saether, Communication Manager
Telephone: +47-906-34-977
solveig.saether@hexagon.no