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MOBY Corporation
From Value One Winter 2013-2014, No.43
Our Strengths and Distinctive Qualities
Comprised of two pillar sectors: the steel sheet business—including the processing of tinplate—and the container business, including sales, leasing and rentals of drums and other containers
Boasts the most advanced high-speed leveler line, which provides greater product quality and processing capacity
Has a recycling system for used drums
Japan's Biggest Tinplate Steel Service Center in Its Class

MOBY Corporation is a unique company that integrates two different lines of business. One is the processing and sales of steel sheets—including tinplate and tin-free steel (TFS)—and the other involves sales, leasing and rentals of containers such as drums and pails. MOBY's twin businesses form a container value chain that encompasses everything from the acquisition of raw materials to processing and product handling and sales, etc..

The forerunner of MOBY was set up in 2007 as Metal One Tinplate & Container Corporation through the integration of Most Corporation—which in turn was the result of the merger of Ginyo Shoji Co., Ltd. and Kotobuki Metals Co., Ltd. (secondary tinplate wholesalers)—and Asahi Container Co., Ltd., which sold and rented drums and other products. In 2009, the company merged with Tsukuba Tinplate Coil Center Corporation, a subsidiary of JFE Shoji Trade Corporation, and took the name MOBY Corporation.

In April 2013, Mr. Taiju Seino took over as MOBY's president at the age of 47, which is rather young by Japanese standards. President Seino, who supported MOBY's management while serving as the supervising manager at Metal One, says: "Tinplate retains the image of steelmaking in the good old days. An industry in which close human contact is of great importance really suits me."

The steel sheet side of the business processes and sells steel sheets—such as tinplate and TFS—that are used to make containers, mainly 18-liter cans and pails. MOBY takes great pride in its latest high-speed leveler line, which can cut at a rate of 150 meters per minute. With its new leveler and other equipment, MOBY processes some 6,000 tonnes of steel a month—a volume comparable to the highest output in Japan for a tinplate steel service center.

MOBY's container business sells, leases and rents out drums, pails and 18-liter cans, among other items. It has also established a recycling and reuse system that utilizes the company's nationwide network of bases and affiliates to collect used drums and then clean and repaint them to sell as recycled containers.

Because of its unusual style of business handling tinplate and containers, MOBY has had its own business operation, but recently began using various tools offered by Metal One Service Center Holdings Corporation. "There is no reason we shouldn't use tools more effective than our own," President Seino said. "By using these superior tools to improve our sales staff's skills and save on costs, we would like to enhance corporate value and reduce costs of our company and the whole group."

MOBY Corporation's main office is situated right on Tokyo Bay, and during the East Japan Great Earthquake in 2011 it experienced ground erosion due to soil liquefaction. The company's staff worked night and day to recover from the heavy damage, however, and succeeded in resuming product deliveries the following week. "We were able to deliver on orders with almost no failure, and customers thanked us," President Seino noted. Overcoming the tremendous difficulty seems to have further enhanced MOBY'S reputation and the staff's solidarity.

 

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