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Settsu Carton to Renovate Itami Plant and
Reorganize Plants in the Kansai Region

Rengo Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Kita-ku, Osaka; President & CEO: Kiyoshi Otsubo) announces that Settsu Carton Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rengo, will renovate its Itami Plant (located in Itami City, Hyogo Prefecture) and reorganize its plants in the Kansai region as described below.


1. Retooling of Itami Plant

Settsu Carton’s Itami Plant was constructed in 1963 and serves as the company’s main plant, but the structures and facilities have become obsolete and the plant building is too small. As a result, Settsu Carton has been considering a renovation for some time.
The renovations will include the expansion of the building where a corrugator is placed; a shift to 2,200 mm corrugators; repair of the converting building and expansion and retooling of converting lines. In conjunction with the renovations, Settsu Carton will create a state-of-the-art plant with complete insect-proofing and paper dust countermeasures.
The renovations are scheduled for completion in October 2011, and total capital investment will be approximately 3.0 billion yen.


2. Reorganization of Plants in the Kansai Region

Settsu Carton has four plants in the Kansai region: Itami, Ono (in Ono City, Hyogo Prefecture), Higashi Osaka (in Higashi Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture), and Minami Osaka (in Matsubara City, Osaka Prefecture). The company manufactures and sells corrugated boards and boxes, and the capacity shortage at the Itami Plant has been made up by the other nearby plants.
With the renovation of the Itami Plant, the Minami Osaka Plant will be relocated. In addition, a corrugator of the Higashi Osaka Plant will be removed and the plant will become a specialized converting plant.

Settsu Carton will optimize its production and supply structures through the plant renovation and the reorganization in the Kansai region with the aims of responding more rapidly to customer needs, enhancing product quality, and reinforcing the Rengo Group’s corrugated packaging business.


Overview of Settsu Carton Corporation

Location Nishiyodogawa-ku, Osaka

Hideaki Iwamoto

Capital 400 million yen (100% by Rengo)
Main Business Manufacture and sales of corrugated boards and boxes
Net Sales 40,195 million yen (fiscal year ended March 2010)
Number of Employees