Under our corporate slogan Challenge and Innovate, Daichu Corporation is expanding business activities into new fields as demanded by global society.
As an independent trading company, we are constructing business frames through freethinking, thereby contributing to society.Since our establishment in 1947, Daichu Corporation has been expanding business activities into new fields, centered on raw materials and fuel trading with major companies in Japan. As a trading company, we proudly handle some of the largest product volumes in the coal coke field. The strength of Daichu Corporation lies in its ability to aggressively expand business activities as an independent trading company. We are able to utilize our ties with both suppliers and distributors with a high degree of freedom without depending on a framework of affiliates, thereby enabling us to handle a wide range of products. Accordingly, we have excellent mobility that is impossible for major trading companies, enabling us to carry out tripartite trade activities in Asia, lead the world in developing business with China, and open up Russian fuel commodities, causing a sensation in domestic markets. We are also boldly entering new niche business fields. Raw materials and fuels are commodities that cannot be discussed without mentioning imports and exports. While withstanding the impact of global politics and economics, Daichu Corporation has been able to build a corporate history spanning over 70 years. Today, we live in an age that demands that trading companies perform new functions and roles. Daichu Corporation is also identifying our trading partners’ needs and creating business frames appropriate for the global age. Our environmental recycling and biomass businesses were truly born in response to the needs of the age, and we have been successful in getting these businesses on track. Being able to establish a huge global business based on a single idea is a pleasure unique to trading companies. Moving forward, we will continue to expand our business on the Asian stage so as to contribute to society under our slogan Challenge and Innovate.
- Coal cokes / Needle cokes / Anthracites / Graphite electrodes / Ferroalloys / Heat Insulating Materials
- Biomass fuels / Petroleum products / Reclaimed oils / Coals
- Waste recycling / Environment-related facilities / Conversion old tatami mats to fuel
- Chemical products
- Industrial chemicals / Activated carbon
- Natural gypsum / Waste recycling / ALC
- Paper manufacturing
- Used papers / Chips
Carbon materials-related business activities
Developing business fields that major trading companies cannot to be No. 1 in the coal coke industry!The main business activities are the import, export, and sale of fuels and secondary materials of coal coke and anthracite. We supply carbon materials to many enterprises, centered on major steel manufacturers, proudly some of the largest product volumes in the coal coke field. Coal coke is an essential material for blast furnace manufacturers to produce molten iron. Moreover, lime manufacturers require coal coke and anthracite for firing, making these materials indispensable for Japan’s key industries. Daichu Corporation has yards equipped with sifting equipment in four locations within Japan and stocks product inventory. From small-lot to large-lot demand, we are able to respond flexibly to our trading partners’ needs, fine-tuning orders in accordance with partners’ needs for ingredients and grain size as well. The reason we are able to provide such meticulous service is because we have many suppliers and distributors both in Japan and overseas. With our experience and familiarity with handling coal materials, we are expanding our business centered on users. Furthermore, coal coke market price fluctuates sharply, making these difficult materials to handle as a business. On a certain day, there may be a sudden domestic surplus, forcing us to switch from importing to exporting, but Daichu Corporation is able to adapt to changing circumstances as required by utilizing the knowledge and know-how we have accumulated over numerous decades. We are also expanding business activities that can adapt quickly to new circumstances, such as proactively participating in tripartite trade—something that is impossible for major trading companies. Moving forward, we will further cultivate suppliers and distributors in both Japan and overseas, expanding and enhancing our product lineup. We are also planning to move into Southeast Asian markets, where demand is expects to continue to grow. Aiming to be No. 1 in the coal coke industry, we will place even greater emphasis on our relationships of trust with our trading partners and solidify our reputations as Daichu Corporation for black goods.
Steel materials-related business activities
Utilizing our know-how in graphite electrode sales, we are meeting the front-line needs of the steel industry.We has long been importing graphite electrodes for use in steel manufacturing, carbon blocks, ferroalloys, and other products from Southeast Asia and supplying these to domestic steel manufacturers. In particular, Daichu Corporation is universally recognized as a pioneer in the supply of China-made graphite electrodes for use in steel manufacturing, a business that we began in 2000 and whereby we import products made with Japanese materials and equipment by Japanese technicians from Chinese electrode manufacturers with which we have concluded agreements. Since these products are higher quality than general Chinese products, we have secured the top share of the import electrodes market. At the same time, we are also developing various other businesses, including tripartite trade with steel manufacturers in China and Southeast Asia, export of coal coke to electrode manufacturers in China, and export of ferrous and nonferrous scraps to steel manufacturers in Southeast Asia. In recent years, we have been pouring effort into domestic sales of ferrous and nonferrous scraps and carburizing materials for steel manufacturing as the electrodes market has been shrinking. Daichu Corporation trades with virtually all steel manufacturers in Japan and has close ties with frontline technicians through our electrodes sales. For this reason, we are well aware of frontline needs and are linking this knowledge to sales of materials, such as ferroalloys and carbon black, by gathering information directly about raw materials, secondary materials, indirect materials, and facilities. Our business is characterized not only by its sales, but also by the way it listens to technicians on the frontlines and identifies business seeds. Even for the same product, we aim to provide better-quality products in order to increase sales without becoming embroiled in a price war.
Environmental recycling-related business activities
We propose and construct cross-sectorial industrial waste recycling businesses, contributing greatly to the environment!We are expanding our environment-related consulting business based on the two pillars of handling recycling products and selling products for use in counteracting environmental problems. Industries, such as steel manufacturing, paper manufacturing, construction, and plants, generate industrial waste on a daily basis. Daichu Corporation proposes, constructs, and operates business models whereby theses waste materials are recycled for use by other industries. For example, we commission cement manufacturers to recycle steel slag generated by steel manufacturers and sludge/incineration ash generated by paper manufacturers into raw materials for cement. Paper sludge generated by paper manufacturers is carbonized, reused, and sold to steel manufacturers as heat insulating materials. All of these environmental businesses were born as the result of exploration for methods of effectively utilizing waste materials. We were able to realize cross-sectorial industrial waste recycling matching precisely because Daichu Corporation has companies in a broad range of industries as trading partners. A representative environmental recycling product is paper manufacturing materials (used paper). Daichu Corporation handles more than 5,000 tons per month of used paper collected from the six prefectures in the Tohoku region and then supplies the used paper to paper manufacturers in Japan or exporting it to Asia. In addition, we sell activated carbon and industrial-use pharmaceuticals for various uses as products to counteract environmental problems to companies in many industries, and we also import products from overseas. In future, it is anticipated that the rapidly increasing coal-fired power plants and biomass power plants will generate huge amounts of boiler ash. We are currently collaborating with the research laboratory of a major cement manufacturer to discover effective methods for utilizing boiled ash.
Biomass Business Activities
Meeting rapidly growing demand for biomass fuels—we expand importing and selling PKS.With the launch of the Feed-in Tariff Scheme (FiT) for Renewable Energy in 2012, biomass power plants have been appearing one after throughout Japan. The main businesses of our Biomass Business are importing Palm Kernel Shells (PKS)—a biomass fuel—and selling them to power plants throughout Japan. PKS fractions remain after palm nuts have been crushed to extract their oil. Indonesia and Malaysia together produce more than 80% of the world’s palm oil production volume. In collaboration with companies in Indonesia, Daichu Corporation carries out strict quality control of locally produced PKS, which we then import to Japan and sell. Since PKS was previously disposed of as a by-product, quality was unstable and only ingredients and water content could be controlled. However, through trial and error in collaboration with local subcontractors, we came to handle PKS that is a material with high-energy content and good combustion efficiency with as little foreign matter as possible. Now, our customers and other companies in the industry rate our PKS as No. 1 for quality. Demand for PKS has skyrocketed from virtually zero a few years ago to approx. 450, 000 tons in 2015, with demand expected to reach approx. 3 million tons between 2019 and 2020. In 2015, Daichu Corporation sold approx. 110,000 tons of PKS—equal to one-quarter of Japan’s domestic supply. Moving forward, we will endeavor to continue securing multiple suppliers and expand our distribution routes, maintaining our top position within the industry. Furthermore, it is regarded as a certainty that demand for not only PKS but also other biomass fuels such as pellets and chips will also increase in the future. To enable Daichu Corporation to meet these demands, we are pursuing tie-ups with partner companies overseas.
Tokyo Head Office
Three sections collaborating and working dynamically together in locations perfect for global business
Osaka Head Office
Grasping market needs swiftly, we are expanding our fields of business from new perspectives!
Nagoya Branch Office
Acting as the sole supply source for a wide range of products, we are meeting the needs of customers in the Chubu region