SP and NBC Thailand to Integrated Their Operations in January 2013

Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal announced on 2nd, Steel Processing (Thailand) and Nippon Steel Bar&CH Wire(Thailand), secondary processing bases of bars and wire rods of special steel in Thailand, will integrated their operations in January 2013. New company name is Nippon Steel & Sumikin Steel Processing (Thailand). Steel Processing (Thailand) was a subsidiary of Sumitomo Metal Industries and Nippon Steel Bar & CH Wire(Thailand) was a subsidiary of Nippon Steel. Group businesses will be integrated for the first time after Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal was born. Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal plans to keep pace with automobile related demand expanding rapidly in Thailand by making management setup efficient.