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Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation[1]
Public
Traded asTYO: 5401
TOPIX 100 Component
Nikkei 225 Component
IndustrySteel
Founded1950; 68 years ago (1950)
HeadquartersChiyoda, Tokyo, Japan
Key people
Akio Mimura, Representative Director & President
ProductsSteel, flat steel products, long steel products, wire products, plates, chemicals
RevenueIncrease ¥4.632 trillion (2017)[2]
Increase ¥114.20 billion (2017)[2]
Increase ¥130.94 billion (2017)[2]
Total assetsIncrease ¥7.261 trillion (2017)[2]
Total equityIncrease ¥3.291 trillion (2017)[2]
Number of employees
92,309 (2017)[2]
SubsidiariesNippon Steel Engineering
Nippon Steel Materials
Nippon Steel Chemical
Websitewww.nssmc.co.jp

Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation (新日鐵住金株式会社, Shinnittetsu Sumikin Kabushiki-gaisha) (TYO: 5401), was formed in 2012 with the merger of Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal. Nippon Steel was formed in 1970 with the merger of Fuji Iron & Steel and Yawata Iron & Steel. Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation is the world's third largest steel producer by volume as of 2017.[3]

Early years[edit]

Nippon Steel was created by the merger of two giants, Yawata Iron & Steel (八幡製鉄 Yawata Seitetsu) and Fuji Iron & Steel (富士製鉄 Fuji Seitetsu). Beginning in early 1981, however, the company cut production and saw a sharp decline in profit that fiscal year. Forced to close furnaces, the company exhibited a typical Japanese economic aversion to layoffs, opting instead to offer standard early retirement enticements but also less conventional schemes such as a mushroom cultivation venture that used the surplus heat created by steel furnaces to temperature control a fecund fungi complex.[4]

Major plant locations[edit]

Nagoya Works Ltd.
Oita Steel Works (Oita district)
Yawata Works Ltd.

Added after Sumitomo merger[edit]

Joint ventures (with ArcelorMittal)[edit]

  • New Carlisle, Indiana, USA (built 1991)[5]
  • AM/NS Calvert. Formerly named ThyssenKrupp Steel USA and located in Calvert, Alabama, the facility was purchased from ThyssenKrupp through a 50/50 joint partnership with ArcelorMittal in February 2014 for $1.5 billion and renamed AM/NS Calvert.[6] A greenfield construction project which began in 2007, the facility began operation in 2010 and has a production capacity of 5.3 million tons and includes a hot strip mill, cold roll mill and 4 coating lines. Products from the facility are marketed in the NAFTA region through managing partner ArcelorMittal.[7]

Troubled times[edit]

Attributing the drop to higher material costs, the company entered into another troubled year. In 1983, the company reported the end of the fiscal year (March 31) would reveal Nippon Steel was in an even more beleaguered situation. A fall in demand brought about a 39 percent tumble in profits from an already weak previous year. During this time the entire Japanese steel industry struggled in a period of turmoil as other nations such as South Korea, with only a fraction of labor costs, won over business. The company announced a loss in 1986, prompting a determined effort to diversify away from the moribund "smokestack" industrial sector and to provide new work for thousands of employees that would be transferred from closing furnaces.

Environmental record[edit]

In 2005 the Nippon Steel corporation made a plan to step up its capacity for recycling waste plastics into coke by 30%. Coke is a main resource in steel production. To manage the load they have invested ¥4 billion (about $38.2 million) to install equipment at Oita Mill and set up a second furnace at Kyushu facility.[8]

In 2006 Nippon Steel and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) jointly created a high tensile strength steel. The first application this steel was used for was the hulls of container ships. This steel allows the ships to be just as strong without the thick steel that it was requiring for them to grow in size. The smaller thickness allows the ships to attain a greater fuel-efficiency, cutting down on the environmental load of the ships.[9]

Nippon Steel announced a pilot project to process waste food into ethanol in 2006. They have tasked Kitakyushu City with collecting and sorting the food waste and Nishihara Co., a waste management company, with developing new technologies to implement the sorted collecting system. To minimize costs they will use waste heat from an existing incineration facility that had not been effectively utilized, and the residue left after ethanol recovery will be burned in this incinerator.[10]

Nippon Steel has been addressing environmental issues in an integrated manner as part of the overall management since the establishment of the company, aiming at realizing a sustainable society. In 2011, the company was awarded with the Fray International Sustainability Award in Mexico, for its approach in achieving Eco-processes, Eco-products, and Eco-solutions.[11]

Diversification[edit]

Nippon Steel expanded or further established itself in semiconductors, electronics, a theme park called Space World, software, and even human resources products. The company bucked seven struggling but profitable years when it returned to loss in 1993. Again, thousands of employees would be transferred to new operations. Due to cost-cutting, the company returned to health in 1995. However, Nippon Steel reported earnings in 1999 suffered from an overwhelming charge needed to cover pension costs, a problem not uncommon for shrinking industrial giants. 2002 and 2003 would be back-to-back loss years, but robust demand for steel in the People's Republic of China returned the company to profitability. (However, Nippon Steel had an operating profit for 2002 and 2003. The losses were made of extraordinary losses because of reevaluation of real estate and securities of the company among others.) Following a triple merger of Sumitomo Corporation, Kinzoku Steel Corporation (Sumikin Bussan), and the existing Nippon Steel, NSSC was formed as these companies' conglomerate Stainless Steel division.[12]

Merger[edit]

In early 2011, Nippon Steel announced plans to merge with Sumitomo Metal Industries. With Nippon Steel producing ~26.5 million tonnes of steel per year and Sumitomo making ~11 million tonnes, the merged entity would produce close to 37 million tonnes of crude steel per year. This volume of steel output would make Nippon Steel the second largest steelmaker in the world, putting it well ahead of Baosteel - the current number two (making ~31 mt steel / year) - although still well behind ArcelorMittal (who produced 77.5 mt crude steel in 2010).

On October 1, 2012, Nippon Steel formally merged with Sumitomo Metal Industries at a ratio of 0.735 Nippon Steel shares per Sumitomo Metal share.[13] The merged stock is listed (under number 5401, the old Nippon Steel number) as Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp.[14][15] The logistics branches of both companies are announced to be merged on April 1, 2013, under the name "Nippon Steel & Sumikin Logistics Co., Ltd.", wholly owned by Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation.[16] The merged company planned to publish a common fact book in the summer of 2013.[17]

Overseas joint venture[edit]

Nippon Steel Trading Co., Ltd., has set up a joint venture with three Indonesian local companies to produce 120,000 tons of sheet steel for automotive industry. Nippon Steel would control a 30 percent share of the joint venture, PT IndoJapan Steel Center. It is located in the Mitra Karawang Industrial Estate, West Java in a 4.8-hectare area with total investment for first phase $38 million and was expected to start operating in January 2013.[18]

Korean Compensation[edit]

On October 30, 2018, the South Korean Supreme Court rejected appeals to overturn a 2013 order requiring Nippon to pay compensation to four South Korean workers who underwent forced labor which occurred during World War II and ordered Nippon to pay each of the workers an individual sum of 100 million won (US$87,700).[19] The four surviving steel workers, who were victims of forced labor which was supervised by Sumitomo, originally filed suit in 2005.[19] A Nippon spokesman called the decision "deeply regretful," while also promising a review of the ruling.[20] Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Tarō Kōno was even more uncooperative, alleging that the matter was "already settled."[21]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  13. ^ http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121001a5.html
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  16. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20130626064437/https://www.reuters.com/finance/stocks/SMMLF.PK/key-developments/article/2602624. Archived from the original on June 26, 2013. Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  18. ^ "Nippon Steel sets up joint venture with local firms". November 4, 2011.
  19. ^ a b https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/south-korean-court-infuriates-japan-by-ordering-nippon-steel-to-compensate-wwii-workers-10878852
  20. ^ https://www.reuters.com/article/us-southkorea-japan-labourers-nippon-ste/nippon-steel-regrets-south-korea-court-decision-on-forced-labor-idUSKCN1N40FS
  21. ^ http://koreabizwire.com/japanese-foreign-minister-says-compensation-matter-already-concluded/126718