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New Water Infrastructure Sales Company to Be Established in Vietnam
Nov 10, 2014

SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD

SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD. (“Sekisui Chemical”; President: Naofumi Negishi) will establish SEKISUI VIETNAM PIPE SOLUTIONS COMPANY (“SVPS”), a sales company focusing on the water infrastructure industry, in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in January of next year.

Sekisui Chemical signed a business alliance agreement with Tien Phong Plastic Joint Stock Company (“TifoPlast”; Chairman: Tran Ba Phuc), a plastics manufacturer in Vietnam, in July of last year in order to expand its water infrastructure business in that country.* Later, preparations for OEM production of Sekisui Chemical products including plastic pipes advanced and a full-scale sales system was established.

* See the Sekisui Chemical July 23, 2013 press release: http://www.sekisuichemical.com/about/whatsnew/2013/1234598_17313.html

SVPS will bolster understanding of local market conditions and will seek to acquire orders for water and sewage system projects using OEM products manufactured by TifoPlast and products imported from the Sekisui Chemical Group. SVPS will also work as a base for increasing sales in other Asian countries.

 

1. Background

Vietnam is situated at the center of ASEAN countries and continues to enjoy strong economic growth. As a result of its social stability, abundant labor force, etc, numerous foreign enterprises including Japanese companies are establishing operations in Vietnam.
At the same time, however, infrastructure including water and sewer systems is underdeveloped, and considerable growth in this market is expected. Vietnam’s standards on water and sewer pipes and other infrastructure are complex, and understanding and management of information concerning those standards is essential for expanding business.
Accordingly, Sekisui Chemical decided to establish SVPS as a local sales company in order to promote sales by improving understanding of local conditions, controlling system and acceleration of decision making.

 

2. Business Development

Initially, SVPS will sell OEM products manufactured by TifoPlast such as plastic pipes, water chambers, manholes, and fittings and products imported from the Sekisui Chemical Group. In addition, SVPS will collaborate with TifoPlast to conduct sales in other Asian countries.
SVPS will also partner with local construction companies and deploy the advanced pipe construction and quality control techniques that Sekisui Chemical established in Japan with the aim of receiving orders for water and sewer system projects.

 

3. Specific Measures by Sekisui Chemical in Water Infrastructure Fields in Vietnam

Sekisui Chemical and the Osaka-based Urban Infrastructure Technology Center Foundation proposed and were selected to carry out a trenchless sewer pipeline rehabilitation method promotion project as a private-sector technology promotion project in Vietnam by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Under the project, Sekisui Chemical will carry out trial implementation of its trenchless sewer pipeline rehabilitation method in Ho Chi Minh City. The trial will increase awareness of Sekisui Chemical’s technologies, and Sekisui Chemical, working in cooperation with the Urban Infrastructure Technology Center Foundation, will seek to acquire orders for comprehensive projects covering all aspects from pipe investigation and assessment to maintenance and management.
Since fiscal year 2012, SEKISUI AQUA SYSTEMS CO., LTD., a subsidiary of Sekisui Chemical, has been undertaking a water environment improvement project using energy-saving organic industrial waste water processing (ESROTAE rotating disc contactor organic waste water processing device) in Vietnam as part of a team made up of industry, academia, and government that includes Sun Engineering Co., Ltd., Osaka Sangyo University, the Osaka Prefectural Government, and the Research Institute of Environment, Agriculture and Fisheries of Osaka Prefecture.

 

4. Business Objectives

Business operations will commence on January 1, 2015. The target of sales is 10 billion yen by fiscal year 2020.

 

5. Overview of the New Company (tentative)

1.

Name:

SEKISUI VIETNAM PIPE SOLUTIONS COMPANY

2.

Date of establishment:

January 1, 2015

3.

Capital:

750,000 USD

4.

Shareholder:

Wholly owned by Sekisui Chemical

5.

Principal business:

Sale of water-infrastructure related products

6.

Headquarters:

Hanoi, Vietnam

7.

Number of employees:

6

 

 

Press Contact

SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
Corporate Communication Department, Public Relations Group
Fax: +81-(0)3-5521-0510


Disclaimer

This press release may contain forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements due to changes in global economic, business, competitive market and regulatory factors.
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