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Second MSAT Plant Now Up and Running in Thailand From Value One Winter 2012-2013 No. 39

New Equipment Expands Processing Capacity

A newly installed slitter line at the new plant
Outline of MSAT
Name: MC Metal Service Asia (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
Location: Amata Nakorn Industrial Estate, Chonburi Province, Thailand
Established: July 1997
Start of operations: First plant, June 1998; second plant, September 2012
Capitalization: 430 million baht (approx. ¥1.1 billion; wholly owned by Metal One)
Representative: Hirotoshi Mera
Number of employees: Approx. 290
Business line: Processing and sales of steel plate and sheet
Processing capacity: 150,000 tonnes/year (first and second plant output combined)
MC Metal Service Asia (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (MSAT), a steel service center in Thailand, has built a second plant that began operations in September 2012. The items of equipment added to expand the processing capacity of the company include a blanking line, a slitter, and a mini-leveler.

The number of motor vehicles produced yearly in Thailand was affected by the disastrous floods and shrank somewhat from 1.65 million units in 2010 to 1.46 million in 2011. The output in 2012 is expected to reach 2.4 million units, however, as manufacturers' production pace has picked up. As the country becomes a base of compact car export trade in Asia under the government's emphatic eco-car promotion project, the government predicts that output will reach three million units by 2017, suggesting steady growth in the years ahead.

MSAT started steel blanking operations in 1998, mainly to meet the needs of automakers, and performs an indispensable function for the auto supply chain in Thailand. The recent launching of its second plant will enable the company to meet growing demand, and to provide high-level processing quality and services such as just-in-time delivery.

(Automotive Steel Products Business Department)


IWWI in Indonesia Bolsters Production Capacity From Value One Winter 2012-2013 No. 39

Country's First High-Performance STC Furnace Starts Operation

The 40th anniversary party excites attendees
Indonesia's first high-performance STC furnace
PT. Iron Wire Works Indonesia (IWWI), a wire rod processor in Indonesia, recently installed a heat treatment furnace and other equipment to meet expanding demand from automakers, and the new facility began regular operations in October 2012. Following the addition of one wire drawing machine and one drawing bench (type II) between 2011 and early 2012, the recently installed STC furnace is the first high-performance STC furnace in Indonesia, and has a monthly processing capacity of 800 tonnes.

The series of capital investments is intended to meet burgeoning demand from Japanese-affiliated manufacturers for auto-related items. Production facilities to make steel wire for cold heading (CH steel wire), cold drawn steel bars, and so forth will also be reinforced with the aim of expanding production volume.

IWWI marked its 40th anniversary in 2012, holding a commemorative party in November. Led by President Masayasu Watanabe, staff members celebrated the start of IWWI's new phase of development.

(Wire & Specialty Steel Department)


Metal One Thailand's CSR Activities Commended From Value One Winter 2012-2013 No. 39

Thai PM Shinawatra Awards Plaque to Metal One Thailand

President Yasumasa Uzaki of Metal One Thailand receives the commemorative plaque.
Cleaning canals in the Lat Krabang district
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra awarded Metal One (Thailand) Co., Ltd. a commemorative plaque in recognition of the company's participation in the Thai People Keep Canals Clean campaign in September 2012.

Thirty-seven staff members of Metal One Thailand joined government officials and regional residents to collect rubbish from the Prawet Burirom canal in the Lat Krabang district, around 35 kilometers east of downtown Bangkok, on September 17, 2012. After the disastrous flood in the fall of 2011, the Thai government mobilized the army to remove sand and mud from the canal bed and to improve drainage in neighboring areas. At the same time, the government called on the private sector and community residents to assist in cleaning the canal, and launched the Thai People Keep Canals Clean CSR project. Most of the corporate participants in the project were Thai companies, and five of them were Japanese-affiliated ones including Metal One Thailand.

Metal One Thailand has taken part in CSR activities before, including planting mangroves and helping to protect sea turtles, and the company intends to continue contributing to the well being of the community by participating in various CSR initiatives such as the Thai People Keep Canals Clean project.

(Strategy & Coordination Department)


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