Advanced Products Company (APC) operates two businesses in an integrated manner—the copper & copper alloy business and the electronic materials & components business—since they are very similar in terms of market needs and technology development. Taking advantage of our unique technologies, we offer various products in the markets of next-generation vehicles, semiconductor manufacturing, electronics, industrial equipment, robots, and infrastructure, which are our focus market domain.
For the next-generation vehicle market, we supply oxygen-free copper and advanced copper alloys which are essential for high current, voltage, and large amounts of data communication; lead frames and other copper & copper alloy products; insulating heat radiating parts that offer excellent heat radiation properties; solar heat-ray shielding paints that are used mainly for automotive windows to save energy; and automotive electronic components such as sensors.
For the semiconductor manufacturing and electronics market, we offer processed silicon products and seals for semiconductor manufacturing equipment.
For the industrial equipment, robots, and infrastructure, we supply superconducting wires used for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and scientific research; advanced copper alloy wires; ECO BRASS® which is an environmentally friendly lead-free brass with excellent machinability. In this way, APC contributes widely to the development of society, for instance in the popularization of new mobility services through providing high value-added products in response to mega trends.
*The aluminum business was transferred to the Aluminum Div., which was newly established in April 2020.
In addition to the cutting tools that are essential for processing metal parts, we also supply rock tools, wear resistant tools, and other cemented carbide products, as well as sintered parts used in the engines and drive parts of vehicles and aircraft. We operate manufacturing and sales facilities worldwide, in China and other parts of Asia, the Americas and Europe. We support manufacturing across a range of different fields by providing high value-added products and services which cater to customer needs. Those products and services are underpinned by high levels of technical expertise and reliability. Our cemented carbide products boast the largest market share domestically. The sintered parts sector contributes to improving the fuel efficiency of eco-friendly automobiles and other vehicles and promotes the electrification of cars. In addition, we proactively recycle tungsten, a rare metal that is the main raw material for cemented carbide. We are also focusing a great deal of effort on collecting used cemented carbide tools.
Our metals business consists of three areas of business; mining, smelting and refining, and precious metals*. Our metals business consists of four areas of business; mining, smelting and refining, copper processing and precious metals. In the mining sector, we invest in overseas copper mines in order to procure a steady supply of copper concentrate. In the smelting and refining sector, we manufacture and sell high quality products, both domestically and overseas, thanks to the Mitsubishi Process, which combines high efficiency with exceptionally low environmental impact. Making the most of the smelting process, we have also established a recycling system for recovering valuable metals from E-Scrap, as part of our active commitment to recycling resources. In the precious metals sector, we provide precious metal bullion products and services under the brand “Mitsubishi Gold,” including our accumulation plan service called “MY GOLD PARTNER” for gold, silver and platinum for individual customers.
* Copper & copper alloy products were integrated into the Advanced Products Company in October 2018.
Cement is an essential basic material to our modern society, not least for the construction of roads, bridges, ports and buildings. We contribute to the development of social infrastructure through our cement business, and have established a wide-ranging business structure, from mining limestone, the main raw material in cement, through to cement plants, transportation, sales, ready-mixed concrete plants, and construction companies. In addition to our four domestic facilities, spearheaded by our Kyushu Plant, we also undertake global activities via production and sales facilities in countries such as the US and Vietnam, where there is strong demand. We supply high quality products such as low-heat cement, ultra-high strength concrete cement, and non-shrink grout, in addition to regular Portland cement and other general-purpose products. Furthermore, we actively take in difficult-to-treat waste products at our cement plants, and detoxify them using a high-temperature burning process at 1,450°C. Effectively reusing resources like this enables us to contribute to the establishment of a recycling-oriented society.
In the energy sector, we contribute to the creation of a recycling-oriented society by providing stable supplies of renewable energy, including geothermal, hydroelectric and solar power. In the nuclear sector, our operations include treatment and disposal of radioactive waste and safety assessments.
In the eco-recycling sector, we operate recycling plants that we have established together with home appliance manufacturers, while working collaboratively within the Group to expand resource recycling, not least through our smelting and cement recycling system.
In the aluminum business, we have group companies that manufacture and sell fabricated aluminum and processed aluminum products, as well as aluminum beverage cans. As part of our rolling operations, we operate a global extruded product business via manufacturing facilities in four overseas countries. We also have Japan’s only self-contained recycling system for used beverage cans and are contributing to help create a recycling-oriented society.
We operate a wide range of affiliated businesses via our highly distinctive group companies. In addition to the likes of engineering and trading companies, we operate tourist mines by making use of former mining sites, manufacture salt, and operate driving schools, designed to revitalize local communities. We make the most of our advanced technologies to play a key role in the sector of ground-source heat as a renewable energy source. We also engage in the business of dealing in pure gold cards made using gold extracted from the copper smelting process.