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Yamaha Motor and Mitsui & Co. establish new motorcycle manufacturing company in India

March 05, 2008

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Shingai, Iwata, Shizuoka Pref.; President: Takashi Kajikawa) (hereafter YMC) and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Shoei Utsuda) (hereafter Mitsui) announce today the agreement that Mitsui will become a joint investor in the new motorcycle manufacturing company India Yamaha Motor Private Limited (hereafter IYM) established by YMC in October 2007.

Mitsui's investment will take the form of an allocation of new stock shares to a third party issued by IYM for the equivalent of 30% of the company's capitalization. In this way, IYM will increase its total capital to a planned 5.6 billion rupee (approx. 14.6 billion yen) and utilize the same factory and office facilities used by its predecessor, Yamaha Motor India Private Limited (YMI), to take over YMI's manufacturing and business operations beginning from April. Based on this, YMI will promptly begin the closing of its books and corporate liquidation.

Through the "Yamaha-Mitsui Strategy Committee" that was established following Mitsui's acquisition of 3% of YMC stock (announced May 2007), YMC and Mitsui have reviewed the possibilities for Mitsui's participation in various areas of YMC's business activities with the aim of strengthening its overseas business and cooperative ventures in other areas of business. The decision announced today is a result of these reviews and repeated discussions with a focus on a "comprehensive joint business venture in India."

In 1996, YMC established a joint venture company with local investment to begin the manufacture of motorcycles in India. Since 2001, the company has been operated as the 100% YMC-owned subsidiary YMI. Then in 2005, a separate sales company, Yamaha Motor India Sales Private Limited, was established, after which the Yamaha motorcycle business in India was conducted by two companies specializing in manufacturing and marketing respectively.

With the stable growth of the Indian economy as a whole, the Indian motorcycle market has grown to 7.3 million units in 2007, making it the world's second largest market in terms of demand.
The aims for the future are for YMC to aggressively introduce new high value-added models and promote a sales network strategy that includes expanding the establishments of directly-run showroom/dealerships and for Mitsui to use its strengths in logistics and dealer network development to achieve a synergistic effect that will stimulate a growth in sales of Yamaha motorcycles from 120,000 units (sales amount: 18.2 billion yen) annually in 2007 to 650,000 units (sales amount: 63 billion yen) annually in 2010 and improve the brand's presence in India.

Profile of India Yamaha Motor Private Limited

Location: Surajpur, Uttar Pradesh (utilizing the present Yamaha Motor
India Pvt. Ltd. factory and office facilities)
Founding date: Oct. 17, 2007
Start of Operations: Apr. 1, 2008
Headed by: Tsutomu Mabuchi, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Capital: 1.5 billion rupee (approx. 3.9 billion yen) (as of Mar. 5, 2008), with plans to eventually increase capital to 5.6 billion rupee (approx. 14.6 billion yen)
Capital ratio:
Yamaha Motor group 70%
Mitsui group 30%
Business: Manufacture of motorcycles
Employees: Approx. 2,000
Scale of operations: First year (nine months beginning Apr. 2008) projected sales of 10 billion rupee (approx. 26 billion yen)
* conversion rate: 1 rupee = 2.6 yen

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

Location: 2500 Shingai, Iwata, Shizuoka, Japan
Foundation: July 1, 1955
Headed by: Takashi Kajikawa, President and Chief Executive Officer
Capital: 48,300 million yen (as of December 31, 2007)
Sales: 1,756,707 million yen (consolidated, year ended December 31, 2007)
Number of employees: 46,850 (consolidated, year ended December 31, 2007)
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.

Yamaha's Motorcycle operations in India

Yamahafs Motorcycle operations in India


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