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Metal One Steel Service Corporation
From Value One Summer 2014, No.45
Our Strengths and Distinctive Qualities
Steel service center with strengths in steel sheet for construction that operates four plants around Japan
Established a business model involving deliveries of a full line of construction steel to suburban Lawson convenience stores
Strong in business involving steel manufacturers' production overruns
Expanding Business Lines As a Steel Service Center for Steel Sheet for Construction

Metal One Steel Service Corporation was formed in 2008 through the merger of Chiba's Suzufuji Steel Service Co., Ltd. and Osaka's Asami Steel Corporation. Later merging with Hiroshima's MO Nishinihon Steel Center Co., Ltd. in 2012, Metal One Steel Service currently operates four plants around Japan—in Narita, Funabashi, Osaka and Hiroshima—and has broadly expanded its business lines based on its strengths in steel sheet for construction.

With the company projected to achieve around 500,000 tonnes in business volume in FY2014, President Yosuke Kamekawa feels a sense of satisfaction at the solid results, saying: "In the mid-term management plan that ends in FY2014, we outlined a basic policy—to evolve into a construction sheet service center—and implemented strategies that put our company's strengths to work."

The company was originally a steel service center with capabilities in the retail construction steel sector. Even after factoring in the Hiroshima plant—which emphasizes the automotive sector—construction steel accounts for just over 40 percent of its nationwide processing volume. The company intends to quickly increase this to 50 percent. "The construction steel market will grow up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics," President Kamekawa states in support of his increasing expectations.

As the company responsible for steel sheet for construction within the Metal One Group, Metal One Steel Service relocated its Osaka and Nagoya branches to the same office as Metal One to establish efficient business lines. It has also been collaborating with various group affiliates, including subcontracting its transport operations to Worlex Corporation, the Metal One Service Center Holdings Group's transportation company.

Additionally, the company established a business model involving packaged deliveries of a full line of construction steel—including roofing and wall materials—for Lawson outlets being built in suburban locations. It intends to further develop this business segment by hiring first-class architects and seeking out business from other convenience store chains. The Sanin and Shikoku areas are seen within the industry as underserved markets, and another of the company's strengths is that it has customers in both regions. President Kamekawa describes the blueprint as follows: "We will be assessing how we can play a role as a Metal One Group base, providing warehousing and other depot capabilities."

Meanwhile, another characteristic of the company is its extensive handling of steel manufacturers' production overruns, such as taking care of processing and sales here in Japan, as well as overseas exports and sales under appropriate management. The company is also a manufacturer of construction steel—what it calls finished steel sheet—that is used for temporary enclosures at construction sites.

President Kamekawa remarks: "We still have much to prepare, since we will be installing new systems and acquiring ISO 9001 certification for the Narita, Funabashi and Osaka plants in FY2015." Outlining clear policy directions pertaining to steel sheet for construction, he intends to steadily implement various business plans.

 

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