Announcement of Signing a Letter of Intent for Business Alliance

Announcement of Signing a Letter of Intent for Business Alliance on Commercial
Printing Machinery 
Tokyo, Jan 23, 2013 - (JCN Newswire) -  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Printing
& Packaging Machinery, Ltd. (Masami Shimizu, President) and Ryobi Limited
(Akira Urakami, President and COO) herein announce signing a Letter of Intent,
dated January 23, 2013, for a joint study on business alliance for commercial
printing machinery business. 
Both companies have been producing and selling sheet-fed offset printing
presses* and facing the stiffer market situation with the shrinking demand
especially in developed countries due to the recent global economic crisis.
This has led both companies to promote structural reforms to sustain
competitiveness in the market and financial soundness as well. 
As part of the further efforts in strengthening corporate structure, both
companies agreed to study on establishing business alliance in the field of
sheet-fed offset printing press business with a possible set up of a joint
venture company in future specifically aiming at improving competitiveness of
sheet-fed offset printing machinery, enhancing the scale of operations, and
solidifying its management base. 
It is expected in the commercial printing industry that the market demand for
printing machinery in the developing countries is getting stronger, and the
demand for higher specification products is expected to grow further in the
global market. 
Both companies from now on jointly study the scheme that allows significant
synergy effects such as enhancement of product line-up, enlargement of product
development capability, reduction of product cost, and improvement in sales and
service networks. The plan is expected to enable the stronger presence in the
global market. 
* "Sheet-fed offset printing press" means a printing machine which
prints high quality visual image on cut out paper sheets. 
About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is one
of the world's leading heavy machinery manufacturers, with consolidated
sales of 2,820.9 billion yen in fiscal 2011, the year ended March 31, 2012.
MHI's diverse lineup of products and services encompasses shipbuilding,
power plants, chemical plants, environmental equipment, steel structures,
industrial and general machinery, aircraft, space rocketry and air-conditioning
systems. For more information, please visit the MHI website at 
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Hideo Ikuno
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