RCIF invests in Zhaogang, China’s largest e-platform for steel trading

Press release, 03.07.2017

Moscow, 03 July 2017 - The Russia-China Investment Fund (RCIF, established by the Russian Direct Investment Fund and China Investment Corporation) has announced an investment in Zhaogang, the largest e-commerce steel distribution platform in China.

Founded in 2012, Zhaogang is a digital B2B platform that brings together steel producers and consumers in China. It accounts for more than 40% of the online market for steel products trading in China. Zhaogang also offers a wide range of value-add services: from logistics to financial services and legal transactional support.

Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of RDIF and co-CEO of RCIF, said:
“The Chinese steel market is heavily fragmented from the perspective of both manufacturers and buyers. This has created unique conditions for electronic B2B platforms like Zhaogang. The advanced technologies used by the company provide superior distribution channel efficiencies. We believe that the participation of a Russian investor in the company's share capital will enable Zhaogang to successfully implement its development plans in Russia. It will also help the company find new partners from other industries interested in using the e-platform.”

Bing Hu, Co-CEO and President of RCIF, noted:
“As the unparalleled leader in the Internet-based B2B steel distribution in China, Zhaogang has significantly enhanced the steel distribution sector’s efficiency and transparency, which well fits the theme of supply side reform in China. We have been closely monitoring the company’s development for three years, and we are glad to make the investment now as the company’s business model has been validated, after it has weathered the sector’s severe downturns and emerged as a winner. We believe RCIF’s investment will help the company implement its international business strategy in Russia and other countries along the One Belt and One Road.”

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Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) is a Russian sovereign fund established in 2011 to make equity co-investments, primarily in Russia, alongside reputable international financial and strategic investors. RDIF acts as a catalyst for direct investment in the Russian economy. RDIF’s management company is based in Moscow. Further information can be found at www.rdif.ru

Russia-China Investment Fund (RCIF) is a joint fund established by the Russian Direct Investment Fund and China Investment Corporation. The activity of RCIF is aimed at development of bilateral economic, trade and investment relations between Russia and China. Further information can be found at www.rcif.com

For additional information contact:
Maria Medvedeva
Russian Direct Investment Fund
Director of External Communications
Tel: +7 495 644 34 14, ext. 2141
Mobile: +7 964 726 17 73
E-mail: mm@rdif.ru

Andrew Hayes / Yulianna Vilkos
Hudson Sandler
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7796 4133

Tony Han
Russia-China Investment Fund
Beijing, China
Tel.: +86 10 5762 9000
Fax: +86 10 57629111
dong.han@rcif.com

Yury S. Trofimov
Russia-China Investment Fund
Moscow, Russia
Tel.: +7 (495) 230-05-55 ext. 4243
Mob.: +7 (985) 765-13-12
yury.trofimov@rcif.com