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Yamaha Motor and Mitsui & Co. Establish New Company in Europe - Targeting Business Growth in Germany & UK and Improved Structure in Eastern Europe -

November 29, 2007

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. established Yamaha Motor Middle Europe B.V. (YMME), a new, joint venture sales and marketing company within Europe on November 28. YMME will officially commence operations on January 1, 2008.

Yamaha Motor Europe N.V. (YME), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. with responsibility for Yamaha Motor's sales across Europe, contributed 60% of YMME's capital of 18,000 euros, while Mitsui Automotive Europe B.V. (MAE), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mitsui & Co., Ltd. with responsibility for Mitsui & Co.'s automobile sales in Europe, contributed the remaining 40%. YMME is established in the premises of YME in Schiphol-Rijk, the Netherlands.

YMME will seek to combine the strengths of Yamaha Motor and Mitsui & Co. to achieve synergistic results across a vast market covering seven European countries, looking to grow business in Germany and the UK--two of Europe's key markets--while strengthening the group's structure in Eastern Europe, where significant growth is forecasted.

In addition to Germany and the UK, YMME oversees sales and marketing activities in Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland, and integrates management by making the following six sales companies into subsidiaries:

  • Yamaha Motor Deutschland GmbH (Yamaha Motor Group 40%, Mitsui Group 60%*)

  • Yamaha Motor (UK) Limited (Yamaha Motor Group 25%, Mitsui Group 75%*)

  • Yamaha Motor Austria GmbH (Yamaha Motor Group 100%*)

  • Yamaha Motor Hungary Kft. (Yamaha Motor Group 100%*)

  • Yamaha Motor Czech spol.s.r.o (Yamaha Motor Group 100%*)

  • Mitsui Motor Polska Sp. z o.o.** (Mitsui Group 100%*)


Equity ratio prior to establishment of YMME


In January 2008, Mitsui Motor Polska Sp. z o.o. will change its name to Yamaha Motor Polska Sp. z o.o. (YMPL).

In the 1970s, Yamaha Motor and Mitsui & Co. established companies in Germany and the UK to import and sell Yamaha Motor products under the latter's leadership. Drawing from Mitsui & Co.'s strength as a global trading company, the two organisations subsequently developed sales operations focusing on all Yamaha Motor products. In Eastern Europe, where expanding economies opened their markets in the early 1990s, the two companies each developed businesses such as Yamaha Motor in Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia, and Mitsui & Co. in Poland.

With the establishment of YMME, Yamaha Motor, as a Motorcycle, Marine and ATV manufacturer, will take the initiative in these key European markets, where competition has been intensifying in recent years, seeking to further expand sales and the Yamaha brand.

Specifically, the two companies aim to expand business in Europe by drawing upon Yamaha Motor's strength in marketing new and existing products by proactively adapting to future needs including network development, while leveraging Mitsui & Co.'s strength in areas such as finance and logistics. YMME expects to achieve sales of 450 million euros (approx. 70 billion yen) in its first fiscal year (2008).

Yamaha Motor Middle Europe B.V. (YMME)

Location: Schiphol-Rijk, Netherlands (within YME premises)
Foundation: November 28, 2007
Start of operation: January 1, 2008
Headed by: Shigeo Hayakawa, President
Capital: 18,000 euros (approx. 2.9 million yen)
Capital ratio: 60% by Yamaha Motor Europe N.V.
(wholly-owned by Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.);
40% by Mitsui Automotive Europe B.V.
(wholly-owned by Mitsui & Co., Ltd.)
Sales: 450 million euros (estimate for FY2008; approx. 70 billion yen)
Number of employees: 7
Areas of business: Management of the companies in Germany, UK, Austria, Hungary,
Czech Republic and Poland.

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

Location: 2500 Shingai, Iwata, Shizuoka, Japan
Foundation: July 1, 1955
Headed by: Takashi Kajikawa, President, Chief Executive Officer
and Representative Director
Capital: 48,168 million yen (as of December 31, 2006)
Sales: 1,582,046 million yen (consolidated, year ended December 31, 2006)
Number of employees: 41,958 (consolidated, as of December 31, 2006)
Areas of business: Manufacture and sales of motorcycles, outboard motors, boats,
sail boats, water vehicles, 4-wheel ATVs, side-by-side vehicles,
snowmobiles, automotive engines, surface mounters and others.

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Location: 2-1 Ohtemachi 1-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Foundation: July 25, 1947
Headed by: Shoei Utsuda, President and Chief Executive Officer
Capital: 323,213 million yen (as of March 31, 2007)
Sales: 15,357,656 million yen (consolidated, year ended March 31, 2007)
Number of employees: 41,761 (consolidated, as of March 31, 2007)
Areas of business: Sales, manufacturing, exportation / importation, and international trade and services in metal products, machinery, information, chemicals, energy, consumer products and services, logistics and financial markets; diversified services including natural resource development and technology development in new fields.
Prior to establishment of YMME
(After establishment of YMME)

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