Metals

The Metals Division views steel and non-ferrous metals as products with unique properties and functions rather than simple commodities. This approach allows us to provide optimal products and logistics matching the needs of both suppliers and users. The Division is comprised of multiple strategic business units (SBUs), all of which manage both steel and non-ferrous products. This ensures that each SBU can respond to customer needs with proposals covering multiple types of metal products.

The Automotive Metal Products SBU supplies metals used in every aspect of automobile production. With processing bases in Japan and overseas, it utilizes an IT-enabled ordering system and an efficient logistics system to flexibly deliver products in response to demand. In addition, it operates metal blanking businesses around the world to meet specific user needs.

The Metal Products SBU covers all metal product needs outside the automotive industry. It uses a broad global network of sites to serve the needs of customers in Japan as well as overseas with efficient processing and logistics functions.

The Metal Resources SBU develops, procures, and recycles metal resources to satisfy society’s growing need for effective usage and proper processing of resources. It is expanding its presence in the recycling, resources development, and proper waste processing fields.

Molten aluminum production
Blanking business caters
Electrical steel sheets processing center
Electrical steel sheets processing center
Resource Development
Resource Development
Main Products & Services
  • Steel products
  • Steel specialty products
  • Steel construction materials
  • Non-ferrous metal ingots
  • Precious metals
  • Aluminum products
  • copper alloy products
  • Iron & steel scrap
  • Nonferrous metals scrap
  • Ferro-alloy products
  • Pig iron
  • Recycling of end -of-life vehicles (ELVs) and auto parts
  • Waste catalysts
  • Rare earth resources and rare metals

Associated Companies

Value Creation Business

High-Quality Processing, Logistics, and Storage Services

The Metals Division’s strongest feature is its highly efficient operations that coordinate with manufacturing and processing affiliates around the world. The Division’s steel processing centers, which play a pivotal role in Toyota Tsusho’s automotive products business, share information with suppliers and users to ensure efficient processing, logistics, and storage functions tailored to the production conditions at each center. Furthermore, in the metal resources business, the Division supplies molten aluminum instead of conventional ingots to reduce overall energy costs and environmental burden. In addition to these materials supply functions, the Division also operates a recycling business where it collects waste metal from production plants and end-of-life vehicles. With a focus on multi-materials, the Division now has a total of 83 such highly functional business sites in 18 nations and plans to continue to expand the scope of its operations.

High-Quality Processing, Logistics, and Storage Services

High-Quality Processing, Logistics, and Storage Services
Map of the Metals Division Businesses

Fiscal 2017 Business Initiatives

In January 2018, the Group decided to acquire an equity stake in Orocobre Limited, an Australian lithium mining company, through a private placement offering and to participate in Orocobre's public accelerated entitlement share offering in the aim of gaining stable supplies of lithium, demand for which is expected to grow, and strengthening its partnership with Orocobre. The Group has since acquired a 15% equity stake in Orocobre.

Metals business project introduction