Oct. 21. 2005
Marubeni Corporation (Marubeni), together with Shandong Chenming Paper Holdings Limited (Chenming Group) of Shandong Province, China, have agreed to establish CMJ Co., Ltd., a joint venture to sell paper and paperboard in Japan.
Chenming Group is China’s number one paper manufacturer and it is strengthening its production facility as it targets the expanding Asian market, with annual paper/paperboard production capability currently at 2.1 million tons. The group aims to establish brand strength for their products through their experience in the Japanese market, where there are stringent requirements for quality and a strong emphasis on service in areas such as delivery. With a view to investing in a production strategy in an all-Asian market, the company chose Marubeni as a partner based on Marubeni’s experience in the domestic pulp and paper industry.
It is important for Marubeni to establish a new partnership with an import supply source in Asia as the borders in the pulp and paper industry between Asia and Japan are gradually disappearing. In identifying the need to use accumulated expertise and to conduct equable sales cooperatively in our mature domestic market, we decided to establish a new company that fulfils the objectives of both companies.
CMJ Co., Ltd. will implement sales policies that better meet market demands and will aim to give CMJ Group products an established position in the Japanese market.
Marubeni will also promote increased sales of Chenming Group products in the domestic Chinese market, mainly to Japanese companies, through Shanghai Marubeni Paper Sales Co.,Ltd., established this July.
Company Name : CMJ Co., Ltd.
Headquarters : Tokyo
Capital : 30 million yen
Stockholders : Shandong Chenming Paper Holdings Limited 50%
Marubeni Corporation 50%
Representative : Fang Li Jun
[Corporate Profile - Partner Company]
Company Name : Shandong Chenming Paper Holdings Limited
Location : Shandong Province, China
Capital : 898 million RMB
Business activities : Paper manufacturing industry, among others
Sales (December 2004): 7.065 billion RMB (854 million dollars)
Net revenue (December 2004): 504 million RMB (61 million dollars)
[Ranking of Chinese Paper Manufacturers by Production Capacity]
1. Shandong Chenming Paper Holdings Limited 2.1 million tons
2. Gold East Paper (Jiangsu) 1.8 million tons
3. Nine Dragons Paper Industries 1.7 million tons
4. Shandong Sun Paper 900 thousand tons
5. Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing 900 thousand tons