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President’s Message

Contributing to the Growth of Society through Our 4 Core Businesses

President Tatsuro Shirasu

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and times of unprecedented uncertainty, we will focus all our efforts on becoming an even better company through enhancements and progress based on the fundamental policy pursued to date: “4 Cores + Strengthening our business base for the Future of the Company” and make our company” for the Company’s Future Existence.

I believe that a “better company” is a dynamic company that provides products and technologies that are useful for society, while generating stable earnings, and in which our employees take pride in their work. Our Group holds considerable potential, and I am confident that we can achieve further growth and development by expanding each potential.

We appreciate the continued patronage and guidance of all our stakeholders and will strive to continue meeting your expectations.

4 Core Businesses

Ferroalloys

We have two manufacturing sites in Japan, our Tokushima Plant and our Kashima Plant, where we are using proven technologies to produce a steady supply of high-quality manganese ferroalloy and continue to receive high marks from users as the top producer of ferroalloys.

Functional Materials

We offer high-performance, high-quality, functional materials by leveraging its accumulated metallurgical and powder technologies.
Our functional materials are used in a number of advanced materials, including , cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles, metal hydride alloys for hybrid vehicles, Zirconium oxide for electric parts that support IT devices and , among others, thus contributing to creating a sustainable society.

Environment

To meet the needs of a recycling-based society, we operate two environment-related businesses.
One is the environmental systems business, which helps protect the Earth’s limited water resources via such means as promoting the use of recycled wastewater, recovering valuable material from wastewater, and producing pure water. The other is a business to promote the treatment of ash by melting and solidifying it in an electric incinerator. Specifically, this business is based on collecting furnace ash from municipal incineration facilities, melting it for detoxification, and recycling the resultant ash as our own product, Ecolarock (air-cooled eco-friendly slug).

Electric Power

Horomangawa Hydroelectric Power Plants in the Hidaka region of Hokkaido have received facility accreditation under the Japanese government’s Feed-In Tariff (FIT) scheme for renewable energy sources. The Horomangawa River system is located within the areas of Mt. Apoi Geopark in Samani Town, which has been designated as a UNESCO Global Geopark, and boasts a rich natural environment.
We will endeavor to secure steady revenues while contributing to society by remaining environmentally conscious and engaging in clean, renewable energy power generation projects.