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Introduction of Group Companies
From Value One Autumn 2010
No. 30
Along with handling proxy transport and delivery operations related to trade, Metal One Office Corporation demonstrates a variety of behind-the-scenes capabilities as a subcontractor to Metal One's administrative departments, including the General Affairs Department and Corporate Planning Department.
Handling Two Types of Operations: Transport and Delivery Work and Administrative Functions

Metal One Office Corporation's predecessor was MC Metal Office Corporation, which was established in 1998 as a processing center to handle transportation and delivery operations for Mitsubishi Corporation's Metals Group. MC Metal Office Corporation later merged with MC Trade Services Corporation in 2000. In 2003, some of the operations of NI-Metal Co., Ltd. and Nissho Iwai Logistics Corporation (now Sojitz Logistics Corporation), both of which were subsidiaries of the former Nissho Iwai Corporation, were transferred to the merged company, and the merged company's name was changed to Metal One Office Corporation. Efforts to optimize Metal One Office Corporation's organizational structure from 2003 onward have included the shuttering of the Nagoya Branch and Osaka Office, and in October 2009, the company's long-distance-transport section was transferred to Metal One's newly formed Logistics & Insurance Department.

The company's operations are mainly divided into two divisions: the Trade Service Division, which acts as an agent for the company's delivery operation, transport operation related to short-haul trade, etc., and the Domestic Operations Division, which carries out various subcontracting work for Metal One's administrative departments, such as the General Affairs Department and Corporate Planning Department.

The Trade Service Division subcontracts the entire range of Metal One's sales departments' trade-related work, including drawing up delivery documents, providing freight cost estimates, booking space in ships' holds, and arranging vessel allocation. The division demonstrates a strong presence as the only member of the Metal One Group dedicated to trade operations.

The Domestic Operations Division handles clerical processing operations for five departments of Metal One: the General Affairs Department, Corporate Planning Department, Trade Accounting Department, Corporate Accounting Department, and Human Resources Department. Especially with regard to the work of tabulating various statistical data related to steel markets for the Corporate Planning Department, the quality and quantity of the division's array of key global steel data are highly valued by the various sales departments. Additionally, 23 employees—approximately a quarter of the company's staff—have been assigned to Metal One's Logistics & Insurance Department and other administrative departments and are highly valued as vital assets in individual workplaces.

Mr. Hiraku Tamura, who became president in April of this year, relates, "We are an organization of trade operations specialists and take pride in working behind the scenes at Metal One. The Logistics & Insurance Department, which is under the Global Marketing Division's umbrella, became the supervising department in April of this year. The role was previously held by the General Affairs Department, which is an administrative organization. Along with this change, we and the supervising department have been studying the feasibility of converting what has been a cost center up to now into a profit center." Although the foundation of the company's earnings consists of subcontracting fees from Metal One, Metal One Office Corporation is reviewing strategies for generating its own profits as a Group affiliate connected with the Global Marketing Division. Specifically, consideration is being given to working with the Logistics & Insurance Department in jointly launching overseas distribution operations based on sales departments' needs.

Mr. Tamura says, "I tell employees that we should become a genuine partner to Metal One. While enhancing the level of the services and functions we provide, we want to further strengthen our capabilities as an important affiliate of Metal One by improving mutual communication with it." Metal One Office Corporation will increase its presence within the Metal One Group even more by making the most of the expertise the company has cultivated over many years.

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