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Business alliance with Nemy, Inc. for photovoltaic system sales

Japan

In February 2016, Marubeni signed a business alliance agreement with Nemy, Inc. (“Nemy”) for sales of low-voltage and residential photovoltaic systems. Nemy produces and sells mounting systems for air conditioners and industrial equipment. By utilizing its existing wide sales channel Nemy sells photovoltaic systems and has established a sales structure with technical support.

For approximately 20 years, Marubeni has been a global player in the photovoltaics market, from material to product sales. By utilizing the extensive knowledge and network, and expanding sales by collaborating with panel and related-equipment manufacturers, housebuilders, and construction companies, Marubeni has accumulated knowhow on equipment selection and sales.

Under this agreement, the sales channels of the two companies will be integrated, and Nemy will sell the photovoltaic systems provided by Marubeni, and Marubeni will maintain the stable supply of reliable photovoltaic systems and continuously expand the volume and the sales channel.

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Marubeni to exclusively distribute EnerG2’s next-generation energy storage materials throughout Asia

The United States

  • EnerG2 Oregon Plant
  • Hard carbons produced by EnerG2

In November 2014, Marubeni signed an agreement with EnerG2 Technologies Inc. (“EnerG2”) to exclusively sell electrode materials for batteries produced by EnerG2 to the whole Asian market with focus on Japan, Korea, and China.
As fuel-efficient cars and large mobile devices rapidly become widespread, and renewable energy is introduced on a large scale, the demand for smaller and better-performing storage batteries is increasing in the market. Marubeni has been marketing EnerG2 products since 2011. Now that EnerG2 is ready for mass production, and a steady demand for lithium ion batteries, lead acid batteries, and electric double layer capacitors is expected, Marubeni has finalized this agreement.
Marubeni will continue to expand the product group in the battery industry, and build a system to respond to the evermore sophisticated and complicated needs of the market.

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Marubeni enters the Japanese residential PV market

Japan

  • Photovoltaic system example

In March 2015, Marubeni entered into the residential PV market. Marubeni started to offer the total support of selecting PV system products consisting of solar panels, power conditioner, and mounts, logistics, and installation.
For over 20 years, Marubeni has been supplying raw materials and components for solar panels. Through this business, Marubeni has accumulated enough know-how and knowledge to realize the best balance between high-quality and low cost of solar panels. Through that achievement, Marubeni has sold 700 MW of solar panels in the past and will newly offer its PV system to house builders and installers from April 2015.

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Increase in sales for PV power in Japan

Japan

  • Mega-solar PV modulesMega-solar PV modules
  • PV mounting system made by Zep Solar, LLC.PV mounting system made by Zep Solar, LLC.

Marubeni has developed a unique sales scheme for a mega-solar power project, which was funded through project financing in Japan in cooperation with a major overseas PV module manufacturer. The project has sold a total of over 700 MW since its feed-in-tariff scheme started in July 2012.
In June 2014, Marubeni acquired sole distributorship from Zep Solar, LLC. for solar panel mounts in Japan. Marubeni will fully enter the PV solar markets for residential and commercial application. These are markets that have the potential for future expansion. Zep Solar, LLC. is a leading provider of mounting systems and has the largest market share in the US. Marubeni will present and deliver installation systems for safe, simple, prompt, and low cost PV modules.
Marubeni will contribute to future developments in the area of PV power by using its insight and expertise, which it has cultivated over 20 years through trading in various materials such as silicone, through its worldwide network to widely and quickly gather information.

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Marubeni signs memorandum of understanding with Petróleos de Moçambique SA

Mozambique

  • Signing of the memorandum with Prime Minister Abe (back row left), Petromoc President Oliveira (center), and Marubeni Chairman Asada
  • Central area of the capital Maputo

In January 2014, Marubeni Corporation and Petróleos de Moçambique SA. (Petroleum of Mozambique, “Petromoc”) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to study the manufacturing of gasoline from methanol.
Although Mozambique is expected to emerge as a new gas-producing country, it currently relies entirely on gasoline imports, due to a lack of crude oil production and oil refineries.
Marubeni has been jointly studying a project with Petromoc and Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos (Enterprise of National Hydrocarbon, “ENH”) to manufacture methanol from natural gas.
The study, with technical support from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., is for analyzing the economics of manufacturing gasoline from methanol. If successful, the project would be revolutionary for Mozambique and would open up the country’s gasoline supply.
Through this study, in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding, Marubeni will contribute to the economic development of Mozambique.

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Long-term off-take agreement for polypropylene and sulfur in Vietnam

Vietnam

  • Nghi Son Refinery (under construction)

In June 2013, Marubeni Corporation concluded a long-term off-take agreement with the Nghi Son Refinery and Petrochemical Limited Liability Company ("NSRP") for polypropylene and sulfur. These will be produced at the Nghi Son Refinery & Chemical Complex (with operations commencing in 2017). The facility is currently being constructed by four companies: Idemitsu-Kosan Co., Ltd, Mitsui Chemicals, Inc., Kuwait Petroleum International, and PetroVietnam.
Marubeni will off-take a certain portion of the annual production (370,000 MT) of polypropylene for the long-term period to distribute within the Vietnamese domestic market, and export a partial amount overseas. Marubeni is the only non-shareholding company selected to off-take petrochemical products from the Nghi Son Refinery & Chemical Complex. It has been selected for its well-established polypropylene import sales in Vietnam and its record of handling propylene, which is a raw material of polypropylene.
Marubeni will off-take over half of the annual production of sulfur over a long-term period. It will then distribute this domestically in Vietnam, and also export to neighboring countries, where a rapid increase in demand is expected.
Through the conclusion of the off-take agreement, Marubeni is delighted to be able to support and stably operate the first Japanese-owned refinery & chemical complex located outside of Japan. Marubeni is also willing to continue its contribution to the emerging Vietnamese economy to help it further develop.

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Dampier Salt

Australia

  • Operation to collect salt after collecting brine and washing
  • Dampier salt pit

Among all inorganic chemicals that Marubeni's Chemical Products Division trades, salt is the largest contributor to Marubeni's business expansion to a 50% share of the Asian market, including Japan and China.
Marubeni's salt is manufactured by Dampier Salt in Australia, the world's largest natural salt manufacturer, in which Marubeni owns a 21.51% stake. In the 1960s, the soda industry in Japan was enjoying its finest hour, brought about by a period of high economic growth. In those days, salt was mainly manufactured manually in Japan and imported salt occupied just a small part of the total consumption. However, in expectation of an increase of salt demand related to the rapid growth of industry, Marubeni had already started investigating reserve salt pits in 1965, and then founded Dampier Salt in partnership with Comalco (the current Rio Tinto Group) and Nissho Iwai (the current Sojitz Corporation) in 1968. Dampier Salt has three salt pits in the Dampier region of Western Australia: Dampier, Lake Macleod, and Port Hedland, producing 10 million tons of salt per year.

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