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                                                                                                                                           "We develop and supply the optimum

                                                                                                                                           materials,  together with our customers"

                                                                                                                                          Sumitomo Light Metal is known globally for the development of Extra-Super-Duralumin (ESD), which laid the foundation
                                                                                                                                          of lightweight high-strength material for aircraft. UACJ is a major global aluminium group that was born in Japan in

                                                                                                                                          October 2013, when Furukawa-Sky Aluminium Corp. and Sumitomo Light Metal Industries Ltd., integrated their
                                                                                                                                          business operations.  It has the world's third largest production capacity in aluminium rolled products after Arconic and

                                                                                                                                          Novelis (as of the 2013 integration date).
                                                                                                                                          The Head Ofce is in Tokyo, Japan, and the R&D Division is in Aichi Prefecture in the central part of Japan. The UACJ
                                                                                                                                          Group operates around 85 production and sales bases worldwide, focused on three regions: North America; Europe,

                                                                                                                                          including the UK, the Czech Republic and Greece; and Southeast Asia, including China, Thailand and Vietnam.

                                                                                                                                           Akio Niikura received his doctorate at Tohoku University Graduate   the forefront as a technical manager with automobile manufacturers,
                                                                                                                                           School in 1995. He belongs to the Institute of Technology Development   especially in North America. He is actively engaged in lecture activities

                                                                                                                                           and has engaged in the research and development of aluminium   and PR activities at exhibitions of the Society of Automotive Engineers
                                                                                                                                           materials for automobiles for many years. Niikura is currently active at   of Japan (JSAE) to further disseminate aluminium materials.
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