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Message from the President

代表取締役社長 柴田 敏晶

Connect, Create, Service
Our Way of Taking on the Challenges of Tomorrow

Established in 1961 as a construction materials-focused trading company, Itochu Kenzai Corporation has since used its forward-thinking vision to develop into a leading company and provider of a wide range of value to the housing sector.In commemoration of our 50th anniversary in 2011, we created corporate vision aimed at the next 50 years and within this an action plan centered on the key words connect, create and serve.

Connect embodies our position as a trading company focused on the midstream business that helps bridge suppliers and buyers. Create symbolizes our creation of new businesses focused on the needs of our customers and our cultivation of new functions and value in construction materials distribution. Serve represents our unwavering commitment to continually meet the expectations of our customers and society as a whole.

With Japan’s declining birthrate and growing population of elderly, long-term trends suggest that housing starts are unlikely to see significant growth going forward.

As an example, home that allows to live healthfully, safely, and with peace of mind is attracting attention in the recent years, and one of the most important themes is “energy conservation”. The Government is planning to make the new energy conservation standard for home compulsory in 2020, and promoting the “zero energy home”, which makes the income and outgo of the primary consumption energy used in the home to zero, by 2030.
Thinking these changes as a business chance, it is our mission to provide the products matching the needs of the customers, and new business functions.

Our strengths include our access to a wealth of information from the ITOCHU Group as well as our solid business relationships with some 1,600 companies across Japan. Moving forward, we stand firmly committed to taking on the housing sector’s unique challenges of tomorrow as only the Itochu Kenzai Corporation can.

Toshiaki Shibata
President and Chief Executive Officer