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JFE Steel Corporation

JFE Steel Acquires 5% Stake in Integrated Steelworks Project in Vietnam

Tokyo --- JFE Steel Corporation has signed a contract to pay USD 225 million to acquire a five-percent stake in Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corporation (FHS), a joint-venture company that is currently constructing integrated steelworks in Vietnam. The project is being spearheaded by FHS’s founder, Formosa Plastics Group (FPG), a Taiwanese integrated supplier of petrochemicals. JFE Steel will also provide the project with technical support.

Under the JFE Group’s fifth medium-term business plan from April 2015 to March 2018, JFE Steel aims to increase annual steel sales to 40 million tons. The company’s investment in FHS is one of its first major steps toward achieving this target.

JFE Steel will work with FHS to get the new integrated steelworks operating stably as soon as possible. Going forward, JFE Steel expects to expand the JFE's business network by selling the products made at FHS to our customers.

Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corporation (FHS)
Location: Vung Ang Economic Zone, Ky Anh Town, Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam
Establishment: 2008
Chairman: Chen, Yuan Cheng
Business: Integrated steelmaker
Capital: USD 4.5 billion
Shareholders: Current: FPG 81%, China Steel Corporation 19%
Planned: FPG 70%, China Steel Corporation 25% and JFE Steel 5%
Employees: 6,466 (planned for first phase of project)
Investment: USD 10.5 billion (planned for first phase of project)
Planned facilities: Coke oven, sintering facility, two blast furnaces, steelmaking facility, hot rolling mill, bar steel/wire rod rolling mill and electricity generator

Formosa Plastics Group (FPG)
Head office: 201 Tung Hwa North Road Taipei, Taiwan (ROC)
Establishment: 1954
Chairman of FPG Executive Board: Wong, Wen Yuan
Business: Manufacturing and selling petrochemicals and other products
Capital: USD 21.4 billion
Sales: USD 79.0 billion (fiscal year ended December 2014)
Employees: 106,315 (December 31, 2014)

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