Operation of NPM plants on schedule

NIPPON STEEL PIPE MÉXICO, S.A. DE C.V. (NPM), established by Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation (NSSMC), Sumitomo Pipe & Tube, Sumitomo Corporation and Metal One Corporation, has completed the construction and commissioning of all its plant facilities and started its commercial operation on schedule.

Mexico has grown to be the eighth-largest automobile manufacturer in the world, turning out 3 million cars in 2012. As Japanese automakers commence production and the expansion of production capacities in Mexico, the automobile production as well as demand for middle- to high-grade steel pipes and tubes, where NSSMC and SP have competitive strength, is expected to continue to show a sharp increase in the future.

NPM, as the core production base of automotive pipe and tube in Mexico, will work to keep up steady supplies of high-accuracy and high-precision products for Japanese, North American and European automakers and auto parts makers in Mexico, and to expand and enhance customer services.

NSSMC, SP, Sumitomo, and Metal One will continue to develop and expand their overseas operations aggressively in order to respond globally to demand for automotive steel pipe and tube.

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