Cement Business

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Cement, a Key Material Contributing to the Development of Civilization

Used in roadways, bridges, dams, airports, buildings, waterworks and a host of other applications, it would be no exaggeration to think of cement as providing a city’s “bones.”
Mitsubishi Materials’ cement has been used in Abeno Harukas and numerous other high-rise buildings in city centers in Japan, as well as Colorado River Bridge atop the Hoover Dam—a historic structure in the United States.

Business Summary

Kyushu PlantKyushu Plant

Sales 177.5 billion yen, Operating Profit 20.9 billion yen, Share of Net Sales 13.6%(FY2017)

The Cement Business has constructed a wide range of business structures to handle everything from the production and sale of various types of cement, ready-mixed concrete and secondary cement products to comprehensive construction. In addition to Japan, we have manufacturing and sales locations in the United States, China and Vietnam, through which we contribute to the building of social infrastructure in a host of countries.
We have cement plants at four locations across Japan. Of these, the Kyushu Plant is our main plant and the largest in Japan in terms of production capacity. These plants make a proactive effort to absorb society's waste, detoxifying it at high temperatures of around 1,450°C and utilizing its thermal energy and making effective use of it as alternative cement materials.
In North America, we operate a cement plant in the state of California. There, we have created a vertically integrated system spanning cement manufacturing, ready-mixed concrete and the aggregate business. We are working to maximize our performance through operations in countries around the world and aim to be a major player in the Pacific Rim.

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Targets and Strategy

Long Beach Terminal (U.S.A)Long Beach Terminal (U.S.A)

Aiming to be the global leader in return on assets (ROA) in the cement business, in Japan we are making use of our comprehensive Group capabilities to expand the environmental and recycling businesses. In response to vigorous demand in North America, we are reinforcing our cement supply structure, such as by enhancing a terminal there. In emerging markets, we are responding to infrastructure demand by entering into tie-ups with local firms and building new cement factories and terminals.

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Topics

Quintupling Our Processing Capacity for Recycling Waste Gypsum Board

Waste Gypsum Board Powder Waste Gypsum Board Powder

Gypsum board is widely used in building walls and ceilings because of its excellent strength and strong insulative and soundproofing properties. Large volumes of waste gypsum board are generated, however, as buildings age and are dismantled. Some of this waste is being recycled as resources for new gypsum board and ground improvement materials, but much of it currently ends up in landfills.
Mitsubishi Materials has developed a proprietary method for safely processing waste gypsum board and reusing it as a cement material by incinerating powdered gypsum board in high-temperature cement kilns (at around 1,450°C). We have also quintupled our Kyushu Plant's ability to process gypsum board.

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History

Kurosaki Plant (at its start)Kurosaki Plant (At its start)

Yokose PlantYokoze Plant

Robertson's Ready Mix Ltd. (U.S.A)Robertson's Ready Mix Ltd. (U.S.A)

Mitsubishi Materials' Cement Business got its start in 1954, when Mitsubishi Cement Corporation was established as part of the management diversification of Mitsubishi Mining Co., Ltd. At the time, the market was led by forerunning major companies that enjoyed a monopoly in the cement business. Despite being a latecomer in the market, the company substantially expanded the scale of the business by introducing new technologies and reforming distribution.

1920 Established the Kanda Plant (now the Kyushu Plant, at the time Hokoku Cement Co., Ltd.)
1952 Established Chikuho Lime Industries Co., Ltd. (later merged with Mitsubishi Cement)
1954 Mitsubishi Cement Corporation established
1955 Began development of the Higashitani Mine
1955 Established the Kurosaki Plant
1958 Established the Iwate Plant (at the time, Tohoku Kaihatsu Co., Ltd.)
1960 Establishment of Shinryo Construction Co., Ltd. (later Mitsubishi Construction Co., Ltd., now P.S. Mitsubishi Construction Co., Ltd.)
1969 Established the Yokoze Plant
1973 Mitsubishi Mining, Mitsubishi Cement and Hokoku Cement merge to form Mitsubishi Mining & Cement Co., Ltd.
1973 Established Ryoko Lime Co., Ltd.
1979 Established the Aomori Plant (at the time, Tohoku Kaihatsu Co., Ltd.)
1988 Established Mitsubishi Cement Corp. in the United States
1988 Acquired Nevada Ready Mix Corp.
1988 Established MCC Development Corp.
1990 Mitsubishi Metals Corporation and Mitsubishi Mining & Cement Co., Ltd. Merged to form Mitsubishi Materials Corporation
1991 Merged with Tohoku Kaihatsu Co., Ltd.
1992 Established Yantai Mitsubishi Cement Co., Ltd.
1998 Entered comprehensive business tie-up with Ube Industries, Ltd., and established Ube-Mitsubishi Cement Corp.
2012 Converted Robertson's Ready Mix Ltd. to a wholly owned subsidiary
2017 Transferred equity in Yantai Mitsubishi Cement Co., Ltd.

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