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JFE Steel Corporation

JFE Steel and Mycron Steel Sign Agreement for Strategic Collaboration

TOKYO – JFE Steel Corporation and Mycron Steel Berhad, Malaysia’s major cold-rolled steel sheet manufacturer, have signed an agreement for strategic collaboration, and JFE Steel has acquired 3% of Mycron Steel’s outstanding equity.

JFE Steel will supply Mycron Steel with high-quality hot-rolled coil and related technical assistance for the production of high-quality cold-rolled sheet for stable markets such as automobiles and electric appliances, which Mycron Steel is now targeting to increase its presence. The demand for high quality steel is growing in Malaysia, where manufacturers are increasingly seeking local sources of high-quality industrial materials.

The two companies have enjoyed commercial relations over years, during which time JFE Steel has provided Mycron Steel with technical assistance for the manufacture of automotive-grade steel products and also hot rolled coil which is turned into cold rolled sheet. The collaboration agreement and equity investment will enable the two companies to deepen this relationship for enhanced mutual benefit.

Mycron Steel produces and supplies cold-rolled steel sheet for automobiles, drum cans, construction materials and coil centers. The company is strengthening sales in the automobile industry and plans to start supplying substrate to electric galvanizing mills for electric appliances. Mycron Steel expanded its annual capacity from 180,000 tons to 260,000 tons in 2009, and a new cold reduction mill expected to come on line in around 2012 will further elevate annual capacity to 500,000 tons.

Mycron Steel Berhad

Headquarters :   Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
Representative :   Mr. Azlan Abdullah (Managing Director)
Capital :   179 million ringgits (about 4.9 billion yen)
Major shareholders :   Melewar Industrial Group Bhd.
(major Malaysian resource and energy company)
Amsec Nominees (Tempatan) Sdn. Bhd.
Founded :   1989
Employees :   About 150
Main product :   Cold-rolled steel sheet
Main facilities :   Pickling line, cold reduction mill and annealing line
Production volume :   128,000 tons in FY2009 (160,000 tons in FY2008)
Annual sales :   383 million ringgit (about 10.6 billion yen) in FY2009

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