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Okamura and Nippon Steel combine to build new steel plant after earthquake

Tuesday 2 August 2011

Japan’s largest steelmaker, Nippon and Okamura Corp. will jointly invest 2.4 billion yen ($31 million) in a new plant to make steel office furniture after the March earthquake shut the venture’s current facility.
NS Okamura KK, 46 percent owned by Okamura and 45 percent held by Tokyo-based Nippon, aims to start production at the new facility in May next year, the companies said in a statement today. The old plant will be closed permanently, they said.
Output at the existing plant in Kamaishi was halted after the magnitude-9 earthquake hit northeastern Japan. Sales of steel furniture produced at the new facility, to be located about 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) west of the old plant, may reach 2.5 billion yen a year, Akio Migita, general manager of Nippon Steel’s flat-products sales division, said at a media briefing in Tokyo today.
The venture had a loss of about 1 billion yen in the year ended 31 March after the earthquake, Teiichi Toshida, director of Yokohama-based Okamura, said at the briefing.

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