Agri-Marine Products Unit The Agri-Marine Products Unit buys and exports grain, meat and other foodstuffs from the U.S. for the Japa- nese and Asian markets; engages in commodities trading through the NewYork Coffee, Sugar and Cocoa Exchange and the Chicago Board ofTrade; and assists Marubeni Corporation in conducting commodity trading with suppli- ers in North America and Central and South America. For some time now, it has exported wheat, barley, rice, corn, sorghum, soybeans, canola, beef, pork and other foodstuffs to the Japanese and Asian markets from the U.S., while also importing sugar to the U.S. from Central and South America.
The Agri-Marine Products Unit has worked to expand its business, especially in corn and soybeans, by securing its supply base. In 2005, it formed a strategic alliance with the major U.S. grain suppliers when it established theTime Charter Vessel Operation Company with Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM). It also entered a new supply relationship in Brazil in close cooperation with the Agrenco Group. Similarly, it sought to ensure a safe and stable supply system for meat and other foodstuffs by reinforc- ing strong links with U.S. and Central and South American suppliers; for example, with Premium Standard Farm in the chilled pork trade, with Jamaican Cane Products Sales in the U.S.-quota sugar trade, and with a Canadian supplier of wheat. The Unit also seeks to increase its trading of
non-genetically modified (non-GMO) grain as well as to promote more organic foods in Japan.
Marubeni America’s subsidiary, Columbia Grain, Inc. (CGI), exports over 130 million bushels of wheat and barley through its state-of-the-art grain elevator atTerminal-5 in Portland, Oregon. CGI’s facility ships about 12-13% of all the wheat and barley exported by the U.S. (For more information, please see CGI’s website at www.columbiagrain.com.) In anticipation of irregular mar- ket conditions across the globe, the Agri-Marine Products Unit is looking to new areas for supplies of grain, including South America.
Forest Products & General Merchandise Unit The Hide, Leather and Synthetic Leather Department ex- ports Canadian and U.S. hides to Asian countries including China, Korea,Taiwan and Japan. It also sells Clarino, one of the most advanced synthetic leathers ever made, in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and South America. For the U.S. market, the Department launched the marketing ofTsuki- hoshi lightweight, flexible children’s shoes with anti-bacte- rial insoles for sale at high-end retailers.
The Refractory Department imports the Shinagawa Refractories Company, Ltd.’s alumina graphite product for steelmaking. Our customers include both integrated and mini mills located throughout North America.
The Rubber Department imports conveyor belts, hoses and condoms from mainly Asian countries, including Chi- na,Taiwan, Korea and Japan, and distributes them mostly in North America. It also seeks new business opportunities in the general merchandise field.
Marubeni America’s (MAC’s) subsidiary, Marubeni Pulp and Paper North America Inc., imports, exports and distributes pulp, wood chip and paper; Marubeni Business Machines (America), Inc. distributes Konica Minolta copiers in Latin American countries and in the Caribbean; and Pan Pacific Fiber, Inc. collects various waste papers from local markets and sorts, bundles, and ships them worldwide.