Sumitomo Expands Global Cosmetic Business with Launch of Joint Venture with Leading Brazilian Cosmetic Ingredient Distribution

 Sumitomo Expands Global Cosmetic Business with Launch of Joint Venture with
     Leading Brazilian Cosmetic Ingredient Distribution Company, Cosmotec

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, March 7, 2013

NEW YORK, March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Positioning themselves as a major
player in the global cosmetic business market, Sumitomo Corporation, Sumitomo
Corporation of America and Sumitomo Corporation do Brasil S.A. (hereinafter
collectively referred to as "Sumitomo Corporation Group") have entered an
agreement to form a joint cosmetic ingredient distribution business with a
leading major supplier of cosmetic ingredients and pet supplies in Brazil,
COSMOTEC ESPECIALIDADES QUIMICAS LTDA (hereinafter, "Cosmotec"). Cosmotec will
spin off its Cosmetic ingredient distribution business into a separate
company, in which Sumitomo Corporation Group will be an investor.

In 2010, the Sumitomo Corporation Group expanded their business in the
cosmetic and personal care market by acquiring 100% ownership of U.S. cosmetic
ingredient distribution company, Presperse Corporation. Established in 1981,
Presperse had been servicing customers which included virtually all the major
multinational manufacturers of cosmetic, toiletry and personal care products,
with new specialty raw materials, unique and diverse materials and formulation
development.

Founded in 1987, by Luciano Fagliari and Marly Yajima Fagliari, Cosmotec
operates a business centering on cosmetic ingredient distribution services and
pet care in Brazil. Cosmotec sells ingredients, as well as developed formulas
to major Brazilian cosmetic manufacturers. Since its establishment, COSMOTEC
has expanded its business in line with the growth of the market.

"We are looking forward to collaborating with the Sumitomo Corporation Group
and Presperse in expanding our cosmetic business globally by utilizing our
extensive networks and established infrastructures in the Brazil and South
America market", said Luciano Fagliari, President and CEO, Cosmotec. "We will
continue our prosperous relationships with our existing suppliers, and basic
policies while enhancing our global reach, and service to customers in
Brazil." Luciano Fagliari will remain as CEO of the new company.

Sumitomo Corporation will work closely with Presperse and Cosmotec and
leverage new global procurement capabilities with the goal of expanding their
business throughout South America and further developing the cosmetic and
personal care market.

"The largest cosmetic market in the world will be Brazil in 2016 and we will
be able to satisfy this demand with this investment in Cosmotec", explained
Hiromichi Maruyama, General Manager, Chemicals and Electronic Group, Sumitomo
Corporation of America. "Our new business will increase global operation
dramatically in the Americas by using Cosmotec's access to Brazilian Cosmetic
companies and infrastructures. The Sumitomo Corporation Group will work to add
value to the company with our experience, management philosophy and global
networks. This combined with Presperse's R&D capabilities and their existing
customer relationships with multinational customers, will enable us to broaden
the services that both Cosmotec and Presperse offer their current clients."

While the Brazilian market is seeing an increasing number of multinational
cosmetic manufacturers from Europe and North America entering the marketplace,
it does not have many specialized cosmetic ingredient distribution company
like Cosmotec. As the Brazilian personal care market continues to advance, R&D
and local manufacturing of cosmetic products will increase along with the
domestic demand for formulation services and materials with high functionality
from overseas.

About Sumitomo Corporation
Sumitomo Corporation is a leading general trading company, with 117 locations
in 65 countries and 24 locations in Japan. The entire Sumitomo Corporation
Group ("the Group") consists of nearly 800 companies and more than 70,000
personnel. The SC business is continuously expanding into a diverse range of
products and services. Its core business units are Metal Products;
Transportation & Construction Systems; Infrastructure; Media, Network &
Lifestyle Retail; Mineral Resource, Energy Chemical & Electronics; General
Products & Real Estate; and Financial & Logistics. For more information,
visit www.sumitomocorp.co.jp/english/

About Sumitomo Corporation of America
Sumitomo Corporation of America (SCOA) with consolidated assets of $7.2
billion is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Corporation (SC), an
integrated trading and investment enterprise engaged in multifaceted business
activities, which include selling a variety of domestic products and services,
conducting import/ export and trilateral business transactions, providing
domestic and international business investment, and participating in numerous
other profitable activities facilitated by its global network and the
relationships of trust built with corporate business partners and consumers in
various industrial sectors around the world. In 2010, the Sumitomo
Corporation Group acquired 100% ownership of U.S. cosmetic ingredient
distributor, Presperse Corporation. For more information, visit
www.sumitomocorp.com.

About Sumitomo Corporation do Brasil S.A.
Headquartered in Sao Paulo, Sumitomo Corporation do Brasil S.A. was
established in 1964 and has operated in Brazil for over 40 years developing
businesses and partnerships in different market segments, contributing to the
technical evolution and business expansion for its partners. Sumitomo has
three additional offices in Brazil in Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro and
Recife. For more information, visit www.sumitomo.com.br.

About Cosmotec
COSMOTEC ESPECIALIDADES QUIMICAS LTDA was established in 1987 in Sao Paulo and
is one of Brazil's leading cosmetic ingredient distribution companies. With
two locations that include warehousing and R&D facilities, the company
supplies cosmetic ingredients to major Brazilian cosmetic companies, as well
as multinationals cosmetic companies in Brazil.

For more information, visit www.cosmotec.com.br .

SOURCE Sumitomo Corporation of America

Website: http://www.sumitomocorp.com
Contact: Ms. Jewelle Yamada, +1-212-207-0574,
jewelle-k.yamada@sumitomocorp.com; Ms. Vanessa Goldschneider, +1-212-207-0567,
Vanessa.Goldschneider@sumitomocorp.com