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Mitsui’s DX

Business Transformation & Innovation with Digital

Mitsui engages in a broad range of businesses all over the world.

This means we have a diverse front line where we can acquire valuable data based on actual experiences.

By using digital power based on this precious front line, we continue “Challenge and Innovation.”

This is Mitsui’s Digital Transformation.

Message from Chief Digital Information Officer

Message from Chief Digital Information Officer

We are now living in an era in which the business environment is changing rapidly due to climate change, digitalization, and the COVID-19 pandemic, and structural changes in society and industry are accelerating. It is so difficult to see the future that we will reconsider our raison d'être and enjoy the changes from the bottom of our hearts without being satisfied with the current situation, and always take on the challenge of creating new businesses. For that purpose, digital power is essential, and we believe that DX will be the source of our future growth.

May 2021

Yoshio Kometani

Senior Executive Managing Officer
Chief Digital Information Officer (CDIO)

DX Comprehensive Strategy

What is Digital Transformation at Mitsui?

We have a broad range of front line where we can acquire valuable data based on actual experiences.
Mitsui's DX uses digital power based on this precious front line, which means, we aim to reduce costs and expand sales through efficiency improvement and optimization, and create new business model by multiplying Operational Technology(*1) with Digital Power(*2).

What is Digital Transformation at Mitsui? What is Digital Transformation at Mitsui?

*1:OT (Operational Technology): Full trading company operational knowhow including product knowledge, business expertise, marketing skills, logistical functions, legal matters, human resources and project management.

*2:Digital Power: AI / IoT, robotics and bigdata

Outline of vision for Mitsui’s DX Comprehensive Strategy

Mitsui’s DX Comprehensive Strategy consists of 2 strategies : “DX Business Strategy” and “Data Driven (DD) Management Strategy.” In DX Business Strategy, we aim to strengthen our business by creating new value through multiplying data held by each front line with digital power. In DD Management Strategy, we aim to make faster and more accurate decisions and strengthen business management by thoroughly using data.
In order to carry out these two strategies, it is essential to make digital as a basic standard for all officers and employees, and we will continue to innovate with DX steadily as our corporate culture.

Outline of vision for Mitsui’s DX Comprehensive Strategy Outline of vision for Mitsui’s DX Comprehensive Strategy

DX Business Strategy Vision

Two directions

Two directions Two directions

Mitsui’s DX framework categorizes digital transformation into the following 3 initiatives;

  1. Solution 1 (S1) which aims to reduce costs through productivity enhancement, efficiency, and optimization
  2. Solution 2 (S2) which aims to expand sales through strengthening engagement with our partners and customers
  3. Transformation (T) which aims to create new businesses and business models from a standpoint that differs from existing businesses

By overlaying this DX Framework on our Medium-term Management Plan 2023, we have organized 2 directions in DX Business Strategy to realize our “Transform and Grow” visions.
Over the short to medium term, by thoroughly implementing S1/S2, we aim to strengthen and advance the profitability of existing businesses in the Mitsui Group, and over the medium to long term, by implementing T for next-generation businesses, we aim to create a future business foundation, including in new domains.

Furthermore, we have identified the following 6 key strategic domains to focus on.
As domains targeting quick wins over the short to medium term by implementing S1/S2, we extract business areas with strong affinity for DX, where we have the strength of real front line.
In domains targeting big wins over the medium to long term by implementing T for the next generation, we focus on social infrastructure where we have strength and take on the challenge of DX from the viewpoint of utilizing new technologies and industrial destruction.

Six Key Strategic Areas

Six Key Strategic Areas

Legend

Infrastructure Projects: Infrastructure Projects Business Unit
Mobility: Mobility Business Unit I, Mobility Business Unit II
Chemicals: Basic Materials Business Unit, Performance Materials Business Unit
Food: Food Business Unit
Iron & Steel: Iron & Steel Products Business Unit
Energy: Energy Business Unit I, Energy Business Unit II
Mineral & Metal Resources: Mineral & Metal Resources Business Unit
Retail: Retail Business Unit
WL: Wellness Business Unit
AP: Asia Pacific Business Unit
ICT: IT & Communication Business Unit
ES: Energy Solutions Business Unit
CD: Corporate Development Business Unit
N&A: Nutrition & Agriculture Business Unit

Infrastructure Projects: Infrastructure Projects Business Unit
Mobility: Mobility Business Unit I, Mobility Business Unit II
Chemicals: Basic Materials Business Unit, Performance Materials Business Unit
Food: Food Business Unit
Iron & Steel: Iron & Steel Products Business Unit
Energy: Energy Business Unit I, Energy Business Unit II
Mineral & Metal Resources: Mineral & Metal Resources Business Unit
Retail: Retail Business Unit
WL: Wellness Business Unit
AP: Asia Pacific Business Unit
ICT: IT & Communication Business Unit
ES: Energy Solutions Business Unit
CD: Corporate Development Business Unit
N&A: Nutrition & Agriculture Business Unit

DD Management Strategy Vision

In order to promote Data Driven Management, it is essential that three types of players, Data producer, Data user, and System manager, work together as a trinity.
Data producer enters data in a timely and accurate manner, Data user maximizes existing data utilization by accessing data they need by themselves to eliminate inefficient reporting, and System manager aggregates and organize data scattered throughout the company as much as possible and create structure to provide data with the frequency and granularity required at each level from management to employees.

DD Management Strategy Vision DD Management Strategy Vision

DX HR Strategy

The following three types of human resources are required to promote the DX Comprehensive Strategy.
a. Business Professionals
b. DX Business Professionals
c. Technology Professionals

Mitsui’s diverse employees possess professional expertise in a wide range of business domains, products, fields and regions. However, many of our current employees are a. Business Professionals, so we provide companywide DX basic educations to all officers and employees to make digital as a basic standard .
c. Technology Professionals, who are top digital experts, are produced in-house mainly at IT strategic subsidiaries, but a certain number will be produced in-house at Mitsui ourselves.
Finally, b. DX Business Professionals, who are highly knowledgeable about both business and digital and can connect a. Business Professionals and c. Technology Professionals, are essential for promoting DX.
We plan to produce more than 100 DX Business Professionals in-house globally over the next three years.

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