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Corporate Profile


Mitsubishi Corporation has had a presence in London since 1955, when a Branch Office was established. The modern subsidiary, Mitsubishi Corporation International (Europe) Plc ("the company"), was incorporated in 1988. Located at Mid City Place in Holborn, the company trades in a wide variety of commodities and works with investment companies across the whole range of business sectors.

The company is primarily a knowledge-based company. Our primary businesses are international trade involving commodities, consumer and industrial products; complex project management; and strategic finance and investment. Other important services include marketing and distribution, sourcing and transfer of technology as well as product sourcing and supply chain management.

Products & Business Strategy

Our product groups are specialists in their field:

  • Global Environmental & Infrastructure Business Group - greenhouse gas emission reduction, solar power, bio-derived energies
  • Living Essentials - agricultural products, food and beverages, textiles and construction materials
  • Metals - ferrous and nonferrous
  • Machinery - power generation equipment, electrical systems, automobile parts
  • Energy - liquefied natural gas, crude oil

With our Industrial Finance, Logistics and Development Division and an increasing investment focus, the company offers a broad range of services to add value and create international business opportunities.

Our key business strategy involves leveraging our knowledge of industries and markets around the world to create new, sustainable businesses. We transform opportunities into business by providing services to various industries at different stages of the product or project life cycle. We add value through our ability to finance and invest in the development of companies and projects, as well as through our expertise in developing the upstream and downstream activities needed for businesses to succeed.

Strategically investing across crucial touch points, we help create dynamic new ventures that benefit our business partners and society as a whole.

Mitsubishi Corporation and the Mitsubishi Companies

Mitsubishi Corporation's scope of business is often difficult to grasp. We are often confused with Mitsubishi Motors, or Mitsubishi Electric. These businesses are actually owned by separate, independent companies who share the "Mitsubishi" name.

So what is Mitsubishi Corporation?

Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) is Japan's largest general trading company (sogo shosha) with over 200 bases of operations in approximately 90 countries and regions worldwide. With approximately 1,300 group companies, MC employs a multinational workforce of over 70,000 people. MC has long been engaged in business with customers around the world in virtually every industry, including energy, metals, machinery, chemicals, food and general merchandise. The company seeks to contribute to the enrichment of society through business firmly rooted in principles of fairness and integrity.

Although our activities encompass everything from trading to business investment, the essence of what we do at MC can best be described as focusing on the needs and seeds of customers and society, conceiving business models, and reliably providing functions and services to propel these businesses forward.

MC is just one of many independent companies that bear the Mitsubishi name. Founded in the early 1870s as a steamship company by Yataro Iwasaki, the original "Mitsubishi" grew into a collection of companies engaged in most sectors of the Japanese economy. After World War II, the Mitsubishi holdings were broken up into over 40 independent companies, many of which still bear the Mitsubishi name and carry on its tradition of leadership and corporate principles.