J&M Steel Solutions Starts Operation of 20,000 Ton/Year Production System
- Grand Opening Ceremony for Plant Expansion -

23 May 2016
JFE Engineering Corporation
J&M Steel Solutions Co., Ltd.

J&M Steel Solutions Co., Ltd. (Head Office, Yangon, Myanmar; President: Yasuo Shoji), which was established by JFE Engineering Corporation (Head Office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President and CEO: Hisanori Kanou) as a joint venture with the Ministry of Construction of Myanmar, completed the expansion of its steel structure fabrication plant in Thaketa Township, Yangon City, and held the Grand Opening Ceremony for the new facility on May 8.

To support infrastructure development in the rapidly-growing country of Myanmar, J&M Steel Solutions began operation of a plant which fabricates steel bridges and other steel structure products in 2014, and the plant has been operating at full capacity since opening. Against this background, the company carried out a plant expansion project, which began in March of last year, in order to expand the annual production capacity of the plant from 10,000 tons/year to 20,000 tons/year. The facility expansion was completed recently.

In this plant expansion project, the site area was more than doubled, from 32,000 m2 to 65,000 m2, and areas for outdoor storage of members and temporary assembly were expanded. At the same time, the building area was also increased from 8,000 m2 to 12,000 m2, and state-of-the-art equipment was expanded in all fabrication processes, including the introduction of blasting equipment and painting equipment, etc. which will enable rustproofing and corrosion protection in accordance with Japanese specifications. As a result, it will also be possible to fabricate steel bridges, steel jackets and other structures with the high durability specifications required for ODA projects, etc. The plant is expected to produce the steel jacket piers for the Thilawa Port in Myanmar, bridges for Bangladesh and other large-scale projects.

In the future, active infrastructure development is foreseen in the Indian Ocean Rim region. J&M Steel Solutions will contribute to the development of the region, beginning with Myanmar, by supplying high quality structures to meet this demand.

■ Outline of J&M Steel Solutions Co., Ltd.

Company name : J&M Steel Solutions Company Limited
President : Yasuo Shoji
Location : Thaketa Township, Yangon City (approx. 15 km from the city center)
Businesses : Sales, design, fabrication and erection functions
No. of employees : 400 (as of May 2016)
Products : Bridges, harbor & coastal structures, guard rails and other steel structure products

■ Scene at the Grand Opening Ceremony for the Plant Expansion (May 8, 2016)

(Guests, Myanmar side)
Upper row, 5th from right H.E. Mr. Win Khaing, Union Minister, Ministry of Construction, Myanmar
Upper row, 4th from right H.E. Mr. Phyo Min Thein, Chief Minister, Yangon Region Government, Myanmar
Upper row, 3rd from right Mr. Kyaw Linn, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Construction, Myanmar
(Guests, Japan side)
Upper row, 7th from right H.E. Mr. Tateshi Higuchi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Upper row, 2nd from right Mr. Keiichiro Nakazawa, Chief Representative, JICA Myanmar Office
Upper row, 6th from right Mr. Atsunori Kawabata, Managing Director, JFE Engineering Corporation
Upper row, 8th from right Mr. Yasuo Shoji, President, J&M Steel Solutions Co., Ltd.
Upper row, 1st on right Mr. Yasuhisa Miwa, General Manager, Yangon Branch, JFE Engineering Corporation

■ J&M Steel Solutions Thaketa Plant

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