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As the surrounding business environment increases in complexity due to drastic changes brought on by disruptive technologies, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, we need to evolve our business models by accelerating digital transformation.

Firstly, please let me introduce myself. I am Takashi Yamana, CEO of Sumitomo Corporation Europe. Before explaining our activities, let me briefly introduce some of the history behind Sumitomo Corporation, one of the world’s leading corporate groups of which we are part.

Sumitomo Corporation began trading in Japan after World War II through exporting industrial products and importing natural resources. Since then our business has expanded to include steel goods, automobiles, shipping, aerospace, chemicals, mineral resources and various other products. Over the years we have built an extensive global network which we have utilised to expand trade activities with many other countries outside of Japan.

Extending our business to include both upstream and downstream activities of the product supply chain, Sumitomo Corporation are now also involved in mining, manufacturing and retail, as well as offering various services in finance and logistics in order to supplement such diverse businesses. As part of this varied business structure, Sumitomo Corporation Europe is the main operating unit in Europe.

Our highly flexible corporate model enables us to work with our customers and partners to achieve this. We are always looking to provide increasingly diverse and sophisticated functions and when making investments, we are not seeking simple financial return. We commit to creating new values by sharing the risk together.

Sumitomo Corporation will celebrate its centennial in 2019, whilst in Europe we have been active for more than 60 years. As such, we are committed to a long term perspective with our partner companies.

As the surrounding business environment increases in complexity due to drastic changes brought on by disruptive technologies, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, we need to evolve our business models by accelerating digital transformation.

Our company may face the above challenges but I am confident that we can strengthen our organisation through these rapidly changing times. Our people are integral to what we do. Our global relationships, crossing various business sectors, are key to our business model. This is due to the dedication and drive of our people. Wherever they may be based, their relationships and network can have a global impact. My aim is to keep extending this strength.

Takashi Yamana, CEO,
Sumitomo Corporation Europe Group

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