Press Release


Press Release

September 02, 2019

MOL, Tosyalı Holding Sign Memorandum of Agreement, Looking toward Strategic Tie-up
- Aiming to Strengthen Business Structure in Turkey, Africa -

TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) announced an agreement with Tosyalı Holding A.S.(*) (TOSYALI; Chairman: Fuat Tosyalı, Headquarters: Istanbul) to begin the research toward a strategic partnership, and in this respect signed a memorandum of agreement in the presence of H.E. Dr. Hasan Murat Mercan, Turkish Ambassador to Japan, at the Turkish Embassy in Tokyo on August 30.
*" ı " is Turkish alphabet pronounced as [ɯ]

The companies will study the possibility of a partnership in the transport of raw materials and steel products in Tosyalı's production networks in Turkey and overseas, building a port in southeastern Turkey and further cooperation on new Tosyalı business ventures.

Tosyalı is a major Turkish steel company, with 2018 output of over 10 million tons, and is developing the business on a broad scale both in Turkey and around the world. Last year, the company started operation of world's largest direct reduced iron (DRI) plant in Algeria. (DRI is an iron produced by reducing iron ore directly, by using natural gas as the main energy source.)

The agreement embodies "comprehensive strengths that enable the provision of one-stop solutions to the various transportation needs of customers," as stated in the "Rolling Plan 2019" (Note) management plan, and looks forward to contributing to the expansion of Tosyalı's businesses.

MOL, as a result of this cooperation will strengthen its business structure targeting Turkey and Africa, and continue working to realize stress-free services from customers' perspective.

Picture at Signing Event
From left: TOSYALI Chairman Fuat Tosyalı,
Turkish Ambassador to Japan, H.E. Dr. Hasan Murat Mercan,
MOL President & CEO, Junichiro Ikeda

Please refer to "MOL Report 2019" for "Rolling Plan 2019.
[Japanese version]
(English version will be ready in late September)

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