Mobility Business Sector

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In the automotive and ICT markets, which are facing a major transformative period, we will continue to offer new value by enhancing our ability to provide solutions and developing new products and businesses while reinforcing the global expansion of our existing businesses through active investment.

Business Vision

Social Issues and Needs

With awareness of the need for environmental preservation growing worldwide, CO2 emission regulations are tightening in every country while every year demand for increased vehicle fuel efficiency continues to grow and the shift toward electric automobiles makes progress. In addition, the development of autonomous vehicles and car sharing and other changes in the environment surrounding the Mobility business are prompting the creation of new, diversified demand, namely for ways of increasing the use of electrical components and improving comfort.

Business Vision

The Mitsui Chemicals Group defines mobility as the full range of modes of transportation for both people and things, most notably automobiles. Within the Mobility domain, the Group seeks to achieve sustainable growth in global markets by providing solutions to diversifying needs and reinforcing the competitiveness of its businesses.

Market Analysis and Strategic Issues

Opportunities & Risks

  • Expanding need for lighter weight materials
  • Expanding needs for more safety and comfort
  • Emergence of new needs, including for electrification and driving-assistance
  • Stagnant growth in developed countries
  • Growth in emerging countries

Strengths

  • A broad materials lineup
  • High technological capabilities and quality
  • Customer base
  • Technical support
  • Total solution proposal capabilities spanning the value chain

Challenges

  • To capture the trend toward lighter weight automobiles and battery materials for business growth
  • To capture new market needs in which ICT and automotives are integrated
  • To enhance proposal capabilities by anticipating needs from the initial development stages of automobiles

Main Products

Elastomers

Ethylene-Propylene Terpolymer (Mitsui EPT), Alpha-olefinic copolymer (TAFMER), Liquid polyolefinic oligomer (LUCANT)

Performance Compounds

Adhesive polyolefin (ADMER), Thermoplastic olefinic elastomer (MILASTOMER), Engineering plastics (ARLEN)

Overseas PP Compounds

Performance Polymers

Specialty polyolefins (TPX, APEL, HI-ZEX MILLION, MIPELON, LUBMER, RAYPROM), Semiconductor manufacturing material (Mitsui PELLICLE)

Departments and Products

Performance Compound Division

Solution Business Planning & Administration Division

ARRK CORPORATION

Comprehensive services related to the development of new products

  • Manufacturing and marketing of industrial design models
  • Planning, design and engineering of new products
  • Engineering and manufacture of all types of tooling, and production and marketing of small-lot moldings

Planning & Coordination Division

Products
MITSUI CHEMICALS INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS, LTD.
  • CopperStopper
  • ELMEX
  • ELMEX -SP
  • Geo-Mex R3
  • NEODRAINpipe
  • NETLONpipe
  • NONROT
  • RIMASTER
  • SEWYELL
  • SILIKAL
  • Sofix
  • TENSAR

Fiscal 2017 Business Overview

Performance materials products—especially elastomers and polypropylene compounds—have kept up with expanding global demand for automotive components and IT products. In addition to ongoing demand propelled by the trend toward lighter and more advanced automobiles, the market is seeing the emergence of new needs related to electrification and driving-assistance.
To meet these wide-ranging needs, the Group added the new product development support company ARRK CORPORATION to its consolidated subsidiaries and tightened its focus on strengthening its ability to offer solutions.

Cumulative Growth rates of PP Compound and Automobile Production Volume

Cumulative Growth rates of PP Compound and Automobile Production Volume

*FY2011 as the base year

Source: Analyzed by our company from “IHS Automotive: Vehicle production forecast”

Increase/Decrease in Operating Income

Increase/Decrease in Operating Income

¥42.3 billion (+¥1.6 billion year on year)
Volume +¥3.4 billion

  • Prompt response to healthy global automotive use demand
  • Prompt response to healthy demand for information and communication technology applications

Terms of trade +¥1.8 billion

  • Increase from weak yen, etc.

Costs ¥(3.6) billion

  • Development costs, etc.

Sales by Product

Sales by Product

Sales by Region

Sales by Region

Trends in Net Sales and Operating Income

Trends in Net Sales and Operating Income(Billions of yen)

Fiscal 2025 Target

Operating income: ¥70.0billion + New businesses

Boosting production capacity for many of the Group’s products in the next business term is essential to translate current demand growth into business opportunities. Accordingly, the Mitsui Chemicals Group will steadily increase its production capacity in line with its business plan for each product. In addition to expanding and reinforcing existing businesses, energies will be channeled toward promoting the Mobility strategy across the Group as a whole. Moving forward, every effort will be made to strengthen the Group’s ability to provide its customers with optimal solutions.

Growth Strategies
  • Continually introduce new differentiated products and boost production capacity as part of ongoing expansion efforts focused on existing businesses.
  • Work to enhance our product portfolio in the mobility business by bolstering our customer support, establishing technology for fiber-reinforced composite materials, and facilitating the switch to multi-material solutions.
  • Foster open innovation and collaboration to anticipate customer needs with the aim of promoting new business development in new markets and facilitating a shift toward downstream businesses and services.
Investment Strategies
  • As for our polymer product lines, which require large-scale production facilities, we will continue working to bolster our competitive advantage by quickly boosting production capacity in optimal locations to meet growing global demand.
  • As for our compound products, we will continue to strengthen our global supply system, which is designed to best meet customer needs, by boosting production capacity in locations where the products are manufactured and consumed.
Fiscal 2018 Plan

By capturing growth in ICT-related markets and increasing automobile production we expect to expand sales of major products. Despite such risks as rising raw material prices, earnings are expected to continue on the previous year’s upward trend in fiscal 2018, boosted by higher sales. We plan also to raise production capacity at existing businesses to keep up with expanding demand. In addition, we will strengthen our global supply network. Furthermore, we will promote new business creation and accelerate new product development as we work to implement mobility business strategies aiming for long-term growth.

Strategic Product Lineups

Customer Needs Identified from Market Trends
Strategic Product Lineups by Needs

Although plastic accounts for approximately 100 kg of an automobile’s total weight, it comprises 70% of the 30,000 parts that comprise an automobile. The Mitsui Chemicals Group is able to meet a wide array of social needs through highly functional polymeric materials and performance compounds, fields in which the Group excels.

1In-vehicle camera lenses

APEL
  • Compact
  • Safe and reliable
  • Lightweight
Electrification and driving-assistanceLightweight

Global No.2
Asia No.1

2Bumpers

PP compounds
PRIME POLYPRO
TAFMER
  • Lightweight
  • Impact resistant
  • Designable
Lightweight

3Exterior materials

Glass fiber reinforced plastics materials/Carbon fiber reinforced plastics materials, etc.
MOSTRON–L*1
  • Lightweight
  • Improved fuel efficiency
Lightweight

Global No.1

4Fuel tanks

Adhesive polyolefin
ADMER
  • Lightweight due to plastic fuel tanks
  • Higher degree of freedom in design
LightweightComfortable and safe

5Metal/resin integral molding parts

POLYMETAC*2
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Reduced production processes and lower assembly costs
  • Improved design
LightweightComfortable and safe

Global No.3
Asia No.2

6Interior surfaces

Thermoplastic elastomers
MILASTOMER
  • Low density, lightweight
  • Designable
  • Recyclable
LightweightComfortable and safe

Asia No.2

7Door sealing

Ethylene-Propylene Terpolymer
Mitsui EPT
  • Good processability
  • Good weatherability and heat resistant
  • Good sound insulation
Comfortable and safe

8Gear lubricant oil additives

Liquid polyolefinic oligomer
LUCANT
  • Improved fuel efficiency
  • Long service life
Improved fuel efficiency

9Parts around engine

ARLEN
  • Heat resistant
  • Improved fuel efficiency
Improved fuel efficiency

*1This can be used for rear-door and hood interior panels.

*2We aim for commercialization for automobiles by around 2020. Integral injection molding eliminates processes using screws or welding. It provides the same strength as metal parts at half the weight by combining polypropylene resin with aluminum.

Value Chain
Value Chain

We will realize customer and consumer value with solutions based on actual forms and therefore even more closely meet needs with the materials, parts and mold technology that our Group offers.

TOPICS - Aiming to Become the World Leader
Fuelling Further PP Compound Business Expansion

The Mitsui Chemicals Group’s automotive material PP compound business ranks second globally and first in Asia. The Group has also built a solid track record in North America and holds an approximately 30% share of the U.S. automobile manufacturing sector. PP compounds combine polypropylene with other polymers and additional agents to achieve functionality and performance that polypropylene alone is unable to provide. Leveraging its proven expertise in material design technologies in combination with proprietary resins, the Mitsui Chemicals Group is providing highly acclaimed high-quality PP compounds that address various customer needs. Moreover, the Group is building a structure that is finely attuned to the global strategies of automobile manufacturers. In a bid to address customer needs in a timely manner, the Group currently maintains eight production sites and five R&D bases worldwide. We recently established a new production base in the Netherlands—our first in Europe—as we expect business to expand in Europe. Commercial operation is slated to begin in fiscal 2020. The Group is progressively increasing production capacity in line with growing demand and its efforts to increase its market share. Moving forward, every effort will be made to identify markets that exhibit continued growth and to further reinforce Group operations.

Aim for production capacity of 1,080Kt/year in FY2020

TOPICS - Welcoming
ARRK
CORPORATION to our Group

The Mitsui Chemicals Group acquired ARRK, which is a provider of development support services, in January 2018 to enhance the Group’s ability to provide solutions on the international level. This acquisition will allow us to draw on both companies’ customer networks, functions, and technologies to continue expanding our customer-oriented problem-solving business.

Measures Aimed at Enhancing Our Ability to Offer Solutions
  • Expand our materials businesses by leveraging our total solution functions to encourage the switch to plastic products.
  • Support wide-ranging high-value-added development support services capable of in-depth analysis to determine the best materials to use.
  • Expand both companies’ businesses by tapping both customer networks and global bases.
  • Expand molding and prototyping businesses using each other’s bases.
Overseas on 20 bases / Developing global operations focused on the European region

Introduction to Blue Value and Rose Value Products

Blue Value Environmental contribution value
Details
Rose Value QOL improvement value
Details
Blue Value

Bumper and instrument panel materials

PP compounds

  • Reduce CO2
  • Protect resources

Reduce GHG emissions by 13% without the need for any painting process

Blue Value

Adhesive polyolefin for plastic fuel tanks

ADMER

  • Reduce CO2

Reduce weight of fuel tanks by 10-30% by using plastics instead of metals

Blue Value

Bumper and instrument panel materials

TAFMER

  • Reduce CO2

Reduce energy consumption during the manufacturing stage through the use of catalysts (promotion of chemical reactions) that enhance productivity

Blue Value

Lubricant additive for automobiles

LUCANT

  • Reduce CO2

Improve fuel efficiency and as a viscosity modifier contribute to maintain consistent viscosity through the reduction of viscosity changes with temperature