This industry processes raw materials such as iron ore. It also produces and processes steel materials such as sheet steel. These materials are supplied to a wide range of customers including manufacturers of transportation equipment such as automobiles and railways, construction companies for structures like buildings and condominiums, and manufacturers of lifestyle goods such as furniture and home appliances. In addition to boasting one of the highest production amounts in the world, Japan possess advantages in processing technology including the ability to manufacture lightweight and high-tensile steel. In particular, Japan excels at the production of high-grade steel used in automobiles, etc.