1960s to 1970s: Emergence as an Integrated Trading Company

The 1960s and 1970s saw tremendous expansion and internationalisation of the Japanese economy, spurred by heavy industries such as steel and chemicals. That was when Sumitomo Corporation evolved into an influential and integrated trading company. It diversified its product range to include iron and steel, non-ferrous metals, electrical and electronics products, machinery, agricultural and marine products, chemicals, textiles, natural resources, and real estate. It also expanded its businesses to cover sophisticated areas such as resource development, plant construction, joint venture formation, financing and investment.

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