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Pursuing innovation in business management, aspiring to play an even more important role in society.

Since its foundation in 1930, Iwatani Corporation has offered gas and energy to our lives and society in many different forms, based on its corporate philosophy: Become a person needed by society, as those needed by society can prosper.
The root of this lies in our wish to contribute to society by creating new value that society needs for the future and by meeting customers’ needs. This is the big driving force for our business.

Based on these factors, the mid-term management plan has been implemented since fiscal 2000, which is divided into five stages. We have strived to strengthen profitability and improve our financial structure and have achieved consistent growth.

With a view toward continued growth, PLAN18, our mid-term management plan, which will terminate in the fiscal year ending in March 2019, sets forth the facilitation of our growth strategy and expansion of our operating foundation as part of the basic principle. We regard our total energy and industrial gas/machinery businesses as our core businesses as we endeavor to achieve consistent growth and enhance corporate value.

For the total energy business, we will capitalize on one of Japan’s largest customer bases of 3.1 million households nationwide to which we supply LP gas and will pursue the continued expansion of customer bases with the aim of enhancing our profitability. After the liberalization of the electricity and city gas industries, we will utilize our group’s accumulation of the LP gas distribution network and knowhow in selling electric power and in facilitating the maintenance of city gas and sales of related appliances. Also, we will stimulate the distribution of products and services relating to everyday life in an effort to expand our B-to-C business.

Our industrial gas/machinery business mainly involves oxygen, nitrogen, argon and other industrial gases, and is developed both domestically and internationally. In particular, we pursue the continued improvement of the hydrogen/helium business for which we have the top share in Japan. We will strive to stimulate demand for liquefied hydrogen in Japan and to develop a system for consistent supply by, for example, reinforcing our capability to manufacture liquefied hydrogen. We started the import of helium from Qatar in the summer of 2013. In addition to ensuring a consistent supply in Japan, we will stimulate the sale of helium in China and Southeast Asia.

We also follow the slogan “A world where all enjoy true comfort – this is Iwatani’s desire” and pursue the reduction of the environmental load by, for example, trying to popularize hydrogen, which is the ultimate form of clean energy.

By fiscal 2016, 22 hydrogen stations were constructed with the aim of popularizing fuel cell vehicles that do not emit CO2 while running. With a view toward large-scale demand for hydrogen power generation, we operate a verification project for the mass manufacturing, transport and storage of liquefied hydrogen made from Australian lignite. We also use electricity from renewable energy to participate in the Fukushima Plan for a New Energy Society, which is the world’s largest of its kind and involves the manufacturing of CO2-free hydrogen.
By maximizing the knowhow we have accumulated over many years, we will continue the pursuit of a hydrogen energy society.

Here at the Iwatani Group, we will continue to offer new value to all of our customers, shareholders, investors, suppliers, local communities and our employees, so that we can continue to grow and develop as an evolving comprehensive energy service provider.

Akiji Makino
Chairman and CEO

Mitsuhiro Tanimoto