Company-Wide Education

Company-Wide Education

SII headquarters conducts a wide range of environmental programs in three categories: general education, special education and training for internal qualification. We review the programs every year to establish an annual environmental education plan, and request each site to participate in the programs. In FY2008, 119 employees attended the courses held by headquarters, bringing the total number of participants to 2,416. At the completion of the courses, we send out questionnaires to improve the next programs.

In addition to the headquarter programs, each site also conducts unique environmental education programs and enlightening activities.

Education Held at SII Headquarters

General Education

Course Participants
Global environmental issues and SII’s approaches New employees
Environmental protection course for mid-level employees Mid-level staff
Environmental protection course for managers Managers
Environmental protection course for sales persons Salespersons

 

Special Education

Course Participants
Waste management • Employees who handle chemicals and wastes
• Operators of environmentrelated equipment
• Manufacturing and production engineers
Chemical Control
Energy saving
Eco-friendly Product Product development personnel

 

Training for Internal Qualification

Course Participants
Internal environmental auditor training Candidates from each business unit
Internal environmental auditor brush up seminar Internal auditors

 

Environmental Education Case Example

Seiko Instruments (H.K.) Ltd. (SIH) invited lecturers for ISO14001 introductory training. In one and a half day training, the employees listened to lectures covering from global environmental problems through ISO14001 Standard and the Environment Management System. Also, they took part in practical role playing audit.

Lecture/Role playing audit

SII Green Plan Concept

SII Green Plan Concept

The SII Group practices environmental management based on the “Three Green” concept: Green Process, Green Products and Green Life.

Environmental Management Framework

Environmental Management Framework

SII established the environmental management system consisting of the SII President, the Environmental Management Director serving as a chief executive, and the Head Office Corporate Environmental Administration Department. The Department takes a leading part in operating the system in cooperation with each site and operating division. The SII Environmental Promotion Committee discusses the SII Group targets and exchange information including activity report at each site. We strive to promote the environmental activities steadily throughout the Group.

 

Addressing Global Warming

Addressing Global Warming

The SII Group addresses global warming throughout the course of our business, including energy savings in the production process and in offices, as well as providing energy-saving products.

FY2008 Overview

CO2Emissions (Japan Sites): 66,985 tons-CO2
(5,737 tons – CO2 reduction, or -7.9% from FY2007)

CO2 Emissions (Overseas Sites)

CO2Emissions (Overseas Sites): 41,970 tons-CO2
(2,040 tons – CO2 reduction, or -4.6% from FY2007)

 

  • Domestic bases (Japan)
    • MSI: Morioka Seiko Instruments Inc.
  • Overseas bases
    • SIH: Seiko Instruments (H.K.) Ltd.
      GSW: Guangzhou SII Watch Co., Ltd.
      INTECH: Instruments Technology (Johor) Sdn.Bhd
      DSI: Dalian Seiko Instruments Inc.
      GSI: Guangzhou Seiko Instruments Ltd.
      SIS: Seiko Instruments Singapore Pte. Ltd.
      SIT: Seiko Instruments (Thailand) Ltd.

 

Our Concepts and Current Status

In FY2008, SII Group’s Japan and overseas sites achieved the target goal for CO2 emissions from energy consumption. This achievement is mainly attributed to operation of renewed large environmental equipment at Japan sites as well as strict operational management and overall production decrease in the second half at both Japan sites and overseas sites. In particular, the impact of the renewed equipment was prominent at Japan sites. Our initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions include the following:

  • Operation of renewed energy-saving equipment High-efficient freezer, inverter (ventilation fan, compressor)
  • Appropriate operation management of existing equipment Outside air cooling in intermediate periods, outside air reduction in summer and winter, proper management of room temperature and humidity
  • Streamlining of production processes, shortening of operation time due to production decrease
  • Transfer to high-efficient lighting equipment, saving electricity of lighting and office equipment

In addition to existing activities, we strive to achieve further reduction by improving operation management of renewed equipment and raising the efficiency of operating time.

Other Substances Causing Global Warming

SII uses PFC and SF6, which cause global warming, mainly in the semiconductor manufacturing process. In FY2008, we discussed the introduction of hazardous chemical substance abatenment system facility* and decided its basic specifications (type, size and schedule). Currently, we have been promoting preparation to start its operation within FY2009.

* This equipment introduction was chosen as the “Development project of CFC Substitutes (HFC, PFC and SF6) emission reduction equipment” in the FY2009 Global Warming Prevention Technology Program by New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).

SII Sites Case Study

  • Variable speed drive unitSeiko Instruments (Thailand) Ltd. (SIT) installed VSD (variable speed drive unit) to two cooling water pumps. The VSD keeps the pump motors at appropriate speed and reduce energy loss. It reduced electric power consumption of cooling water pumps almost by half.
  • Akita Unit (Daisen, Akita) aims to control energy more precisely and appropriately by paying attention to daily operation management as well as renewing equipment. In FY2008, Akita Unit’s thorough energy management included shortening compressors’ unload time, extending outside air cooling operation, changing the temperature of production area and deionized water warming.

Environmental Accounting

Environmental Accounting

In FY1999, the SII Group introduced an environmental accounting system which assesses the cost and effect of environmental activities. To operate the system, we established the SII Environmental Accounting Guidelines based on the guidelines of the Ministry of the Environment.

The FY2008 results show that the total investment and the total expenses were decreased to 172 million yen and 1,953 million yen, respectively, compared to the FY2007 results.

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Japan Bases

Japan Bases

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SII Group Environmental Policy

Environmental Concept

As a good corporate citizen, the SII Group will continue to harmonize its corporate activities with the global environment, protect and improve the environment, and contribute to the establishment of a sustainable society that can coexist with all nature.

Environmental Activity Guidelines

We will

  1. Continually strive to implement and enhance our environmental management system.
  2. Observe all laws, rules, regulations and agreements relevant to the environment, and prevent environmental pollution.
  3. Provide products and services that enable state of the art environmental protection research, monitoring and compliance.
  4. Continually reduce the environmental impact through the following actions:
    1. Provide products and services that, throughout their lifecycles, minimize their impact on the environment.
    2. Methodically conserve energy and proactively address global warming.
    3. Practice Reduce as well as Reuse and Recycle (3R), and promote effective use of resources.
    4. Reduce environmental risks from chemical substances and promote the elimination of harmful substances use.
  5. Promote SII GREEN PURCHASING and purchase eco-friendly products, parts, materials and services.
  6. Enforce internal audits to improve corporate environmental management system.
  7. Contribute to society through our unique environment preservation activities.
  8. Provide seminars and training to all employees to elevate their environmental consciousness, and encourage them to protect the environment in their personal life.
  9. Proactively and openly disclose information about the implementation state of our environmental management system.

LCA Initiatives

LCA Initiatives

We initially introduced LCA initiatives in 2001 and established the SII LCA Guidelines in March 2002. While improving the guidelines, we continuously promote the LCA. In 2006, the implementation of LCA was added to the SII High Grade Green Product System as one of the criteria. This contributed to promote the implementation and disclosure of the LCA results.

3R Activities – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

3R Activities – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

As a manufacturer, promoting the efficient use of limited resources is an important mission. The SII Group strives to improve the efficient use of resources in all of its processes.

FY2008 Overview

● Waste Reduction

Total Waste Generation in Japan Sites (Including resalable waste)

Waste generated in Japan sites: 3,485 tons
(701 ton increase, or +25% from FY2007)

Total Waste Generation in Overseas Sites (Including resalable waste)

Waste generated in overseas sites: 3,528 tons
(292 ton increase, or -8% from FY2007)

● Water Use Reduction

・Japan sites: the amount of water used was 772,000 m3, which achieved the target. (99,000 m3 reduction, or -11% from FY2007)

・Overseas sites: the amount of water used was 637,000 m3, which partly achieved the target. (590 m3 reduction, or 0% from FY2007)

  • Overseas Sites
    • SIH:Seiko Instruments (H.K.) Ltd.
      GSW:Guangzhou SII Watch Co., Ltd.
      INTECH:Instruments Technology (Johor) Sdn.Bhd.
      DSI:Dalian Seiko Instruments Inc.
      SIS:Seiko Instruments Singapore Pte. Ltd.
      GSI:Guangzhou Seiko Instruments Ltd.
      SIT:Seiko Instruments (Thailand) Ltd.

Our Concept and Current Status
In FY2008, our total waste generation amount failed to achieve the target goal at Japan sites. The failure is mainly due to the increase in waste liquid at the production sites. The existing waste liquid treatment equipment required upgrading to respond to the Tokyo Bay discharge regulation (including the sixth regulation for water quality and total emission amount). During the upgrading period, liquid waste was collected and treated as industrial waste, resulting in increase of the generation amount. At the end of FY2008, we installed equipment to collect concentrated waste liquid to tanks. In FY2009, the amount of liquid waste is expected to be reduced.

For waste material recycling in our Japan sites, we promote quality improvement of the “zero emission initiative”. Aiming to reduce the final disposal rate from 3% to 1%, we also review current recycling methods to shift to more effective methods. All of our production facilities in Japan almost finished reviews of the recycling methods for the waste material.

Our overseas production facilities are promoting the improvement of the recycling rate to use resources more efficiently. In particular, we have made significant progress in recycling waste metal, machining oil, solvent cleaner and molding plastic.

Waste Treatment Audit
SII entrusts waste treatment to third parties and carries out on-site audits on a regular basis. To make the audits more reliable, the Head Office Environment Division also checks third parties’ performance. In case a third party is entrusted with the waste treatment for more than one site, SII promotes information sharing.

SII Sites Case Study

  • Guangzhou Seiko Instruments Ltd. (GSI) made original eco-bags and distributed them to each employee.
    In June 2008, plastic bags became chargeable at all supermarkets and stores in China. The idea of original eco-bags was generated among the employees to promote the environmental activities further. The environmental awareness has been enhanced steadily in GSI.
  • Sendai Unit (Sendai, Miyagi) has collected waste cooking oil and used biodiesel in cooperation with the recycling manufacturer and the canteen contractor. Waste cooking oil from the canteen kitchen are recycled to biodiesel by the recycling manufacturer and used as company-owned car fuel by the canteen contractor.

Business Activities and Environmental Impact

Business Activities and Environmental Impact

The SII Group believes that understanding environmental impact throughout the product life cycle is necessary to properly conduct environmental activities. The overview of FY2008 environmental impact is explained in the table below.

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Environmental Management

Environmental Management

We established the environmental management systems at each site and throughout the Group. The Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle has been steadily implemented to improve our environmental performance. Our mid-term and annual targets are established based on the “SII Group Environmental Policy”, and pursued by the environmental management system at each site.

The head quarters operate the entire SII Group environmental management system and achievements of each site are reported regularly.

SII obtained ISO14001 certifications at major sites in Japan and overseas.

 

 

Environmental Management System

Environmental Management Framework

Company-Wide Education

Internal Environmental Audit

ISO 14001 Certification

Timelines

Environmental Awards

Internal Environmental Audit

Internal Environmental Audit

To continuously improve the environmental management system and its performance, an internal audit is carried out with objectivity and independence. Auditors are invited from other sites and the Head Office to enhance the audit effectiveness and create a synergy effect through exchanging information between each site.

In FY2008, the most frequently identified categories for both Japan and overseas sites were “environmental aspects”, ” competence, training and awareness”, “operational control”.

In order to improve the internal audit reliability, we need to develop internal auditors. While holding internal auditors training regularly, we also set up the refresh course for internal auditors to raise their competency levels.

In addition, the “SII Environmental Auditor Certification System” was established. The Environmental Management Director certifies auditors who satisfy certain requirements including audit experience. As of March 2009, we have 21 certified auditors and 10 auditors registered at the Center of Environmental Auditors Registration (CEAR).

Collection and Recycling

Collection and Recycling

For effective use of resources, we promote the collection and recycling of used products and consumables.

Collection of Ink Cartridges

Used ink cartridges and bottles are sent to our collection center, where they are separated according to their constituent materials and then recycled. Plastics are crushed and recycled to produce plastic products or components. Metals are reused as raw materials. This procedure enables approximately 90% of all collected cartridges to be recycled.

Collection and Recycling through Industry Groups

  • Collection of data communication devices:
    Participation in the mobile recycling network
  • Collection of small rechargeable batteries:
    Participation in Japan Portable Rechargeable Battery Recycling Center (JBRC)
  • Collection of button batteries:
    Participation in the Button Battery Collection Promotion Center established in Battery Association of Japan
  • Collection of Packaging:
    Subcontract to the Japan Containers and Packaging Recycling Association

Chemical Substances Control

Chemical Substances Control

The SII Group believes that safe and appropriate chemical substance handling is important for risk management. We also strive to voluntarily achieve total elimination or reduction of hazardous substances in manufacturing processes and our products.

FY2008 Overview

● The volume of the PRTR-related hazardous chemical substances handled by SII was 83.6 tons decreasing by 2.2 tons from FY2007.

● The total emission amount of hazardous chemical substances was 45.1 tons, failing to achieve the target amount of 24.9 tons.

*1 PRTR (Pollutant Release and Transfer Register): This system is designed to assess, gather and disclose data on the volume of chemical materials handled, amount released into the environment, and volumes transferred in waste materials to points outside of plant locations. Companies collect data on the relevant substances and report them to the appropriate government agency once a year.

*2 The PRTR substances, SII voluntarily specified 22 substances and 100 VOC (volatile organic compounds) substances

PRTR Chemical Substance Emission and Transfer

 

Our Concept and Current Status

The SII Group believed that safe and appropriate chemical substance handling is important for risk management. To reduce the environmental impact of chemical substances used in our manufacturing processes, we continuously control the use and emission of PRTR substances, SII voluntarily specified 22 substances, and 100 VOC (volatile organic compounds) substances.

At overseas sites, we also promote complete elimination of chlorinated solvents. In FY2008, methylene chloride is eliminated at all SII overseas sites.

As well as Green Purchasing, we proactively address the reduction and total elimination of specified chemical substances contained in our products. By adding chemical substance standards used in our products and their production processes as SII Green Products criteria, elimination and reduction of specified chemical substances are designed to be systematically promoted in the creation of SII Green Products.

 

PRTR Results

 

*PRTR (Pollutant Release and Transfer Register): This system is designed to assess, gather and disclose data on the volume of chemical materials handled, amounts released into the environment, and volumes transferred in waste materials to points outside of plant locations. Companies collect data on the relevant substances and report them to the appropriate government agency once a year.

 

SII Sites Case Study

  • In FY2008, Instruments Technology (Johor) Sdn. Bhd (INTECH) achieved total elimination of trichloroethylene used in the cleaning process. For total elimination, INTECH introduced a new hydrocarbon cleaning system and have repeated product adaptability test of alternative hydrocarbon solvents. In addition to this equipment, an optimally designed cleaning room was newly established.
  • Guangzhou SII Watch Co., Ltd. (GSW) strives to eliminate the specified hazardous chemical substances included in products in cooperation with SII business units in southern China and the suppliers. GSW insures non-inclusion of hazardous chemical substances using fluorescent analyzers.

ISO 14001 Certification

Obtaining ISO 14001 Certification

Our major sites in Japan and overseas have obtained ISO 14001 certification and shifted to ISO 14001:2004 certification. In addition to paper, waste and electricity, we have also been focusing on environmental aspects that could give favorable influence on environment.
ISO 14001 Certification List

Certified Units and Subsidiaries Location Date of
Certification
Domestic
1 Takatsuka Unit Matsudo-shi, Chiba 11/96
2 Akita Unit Daisen-shi, Akita 4/97
3 Morioka Seiko Instruments Inc. Iwate-gun, Iwate 4/97
4 Tochigi Unit Tochigi-shi, Tochigi 2/98
5 SII NanoTechnology Inc. /Oyama Unit Sunto-gun, Shizuoka 8/98
6 Sendai Unit Sendai-shi, Miyagi 2/99
7 Ohno Unit Ichikawa-shi, Chiba 3/99
8 Sukagawa Precision Co., Ltd. Sukagawa-shi, Fukushima 9/01
9 Makuhari Head Office (Including Business Base) Chiba-shi, Chiba 10/01
Overseas
1 Seiko Instruments Singapore Pte. Ltd. Singapore 5/97
2 Dalian Seiko Instruments Inc. Dalian, China 6/01
3 Seiko Instruments (Thailand) Ltd. Thailand 3/02
4 Instruments Technology (Johor) Sdn. Bhd Malaysia 10/02
5 Guangzhou Seiko Instruments Ltd. Guangzhou, China 7/03
6 Guangzhou SII Watch Co., Ltd. Guangzhou, China 3/05
7 Seiko Instruments (H.K.) Ltd. Hong Kong 3/05

Environmentally Friendly Products

SII Green Product Label 
To raise public awareness of our eco-friendly products, in December 2001, we introduced the SII Green Product Label System which is equivalent to the ISO 14021 Type II environmental label.

Products are assessed according to the SII Green Product Standards on a scale of one to five, and certified as SII Green Products with an average score of 3.5 or above.

The standards are reviewed once every two years.

Certification of SII GREEN PRODUCTS

Each SII product is rated in terms of its environmental compatibility based on the five-point assessment scale described below. Only products that receive an average score of 3.5 or higher are certified as SII Green Products.

Outline of SII Green Product Standards

  • The 20 environmental compatibility factors apply to each product.
  • Each product is rated on the five-point assessment scale for each factor.
  • Priority is given to the absolute assessment standards, which are based on the environmental compatibility of other companies’ similar products as determined by SII’s own surveys.
  • Factors that are difficult to evaluate with the absolute assessment standards are rated instead based on the relative assessment standards, which indicate the improvement in environmental compatibility in comparison with SII’s previous products.
  • Whenever possible, the ratings are based on quantitative criteria.
  • The assessment standards are revised once every two years.
  • The concepts for the assessment ratings are described below.

 

 

Points Absolute assessment standards Relative assessment standards
5 Lead runner Outstandingly better than previous products
4 In the leading pack Much better than previous products
3 In the second pack Better than previous products
2 Average Same as previous products
1 Inferior Worse than previous products

 

Environmental Compatibility Factors for SII Green Product Standards

  • Power consumption during use
  • Power consumption during standby
  • Product weight
  • Use of reused parts and recycled materials
  • Recyclability of used products
  • Longer-lasting products
  • Limitation of including substances to be avoided*
  • Prohibition of substances to be abolished on condition*
  • Prohibition of including banned substances*
  • Smaller, more lightweight packaging
  • Limitation of foam packaging materials
  • Avoidance of polyvinyl chloride and heavy metals in packaging
  • Manufacturing process energy conservation
  • Manufacturing process resource conservation
  • Manufacturing process limitation of substances be avoided*
  • Manufacturing process prohibition of banned substances*
  • Green purchasing
  • Easy disassembly
  • Easy sorting of materials for recycling
  • Information disclosure in user manuals, and other related documents

 

* Based on SII Group standards.

 

SII High Grade Green Product Label

In October 2006, the SII High Grade Green Product System was introduced as an upper grade certification of the SII Green Product. “HIGH GRADE” under the green product logo indicates that the product has high environmental performance.

Basic Satisfies the SII Green Product Standards.
Average assessment of 3.5 points or above.
Additional Mandatory Implemented the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)*.
Selective
1) Top rank in one or more of the SII Green Product Standards criteria
1. Top rank feature, like “the smallest” in the industry, country or world
2. Exceeds the highest established
rating level
3. Twice or more environmental efficiency compared to conventional products (functionality/ environmental impact)
2) Unique environmental friendliness feature
4. Achieved top-level environmental impact reduction, such as innovative product specification, raw materials
5. Significantly reduced environmental impact utilizing innovative technology
6. Environment-related awards
3) Extremely high level of environmental friendliness score
7. SII Green Product Standards overall score: 3.0 or above in all the criteria, 4.2 or above in average
* Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is the quantitative assessment of the environmental impact of a given product or
service throughout its lifespan from raw material production, manufacture, distribution, use and disposal.

Certification Process

The SII Green Products and High Grade Green Products are certified according to the following procedures. The Green Products are fairly and objectively qualified since their reviews involve engineers and designers from all divisions. In addition, these reviews enhance communication and shared understanding of eco design among divisions.

 

Logistics Initiatives

Logistics Initiatives

We constantly strive to reduce environmental impact by improving our logistics system efficiency.
Our Concept and Current Status
To reduce environmental impact, we continuously improve our logistics, including packaging, cargo handling, transportation and storage. Packaging and buffer materials are recycled as much as possible for efficient resource use.

Packaging material size and weight reduction are part of the SII Green Products criteria.

Transportation tray material was changed to improve durability and also to lower transportation impact.

In addition, although we are not designated as a freight carrier under the Energy Saving Law, we will continuously monitor our transportation data and strive to further reduce CO2 emissions.

Timelines & Awards

Timelines

1988 Dec. Established the “Fluorocarbon Countermeasure Promotion
Committee”
1992 Aug. Abolished the use of CFCs at Japan sites.
Dec. Established Environmental Administration Office (currently Corporate Environmental Administration Department).
1993 Apr. Established the “Green Plan” environmental protection plan.
Aug. Introduced the “Clean Arrow” used-paper collection truck.
Nov. Abolished the use of trichloroethane at Japan and overseas sites.
Abolished the use of CFCs at overseas sites.
1994 Apr. Began monthly management of energy, paper use, and waste.
1995 Aug. Executive council kicked off the Environmental Management System
1996 Aug. Started publication of our annual environmental report.
Nov. The Takatsuka Unit became the first SII Group business unit which
obtained ISO14001.
1997 Dec. Launched our “Idling Stop” promotion. ,
1998 Feb. Published the SII Chemical Management Guide.
1999 Mar. Completed ISO14001 certification for all of our major business units in Japan Major business units in Japan abolished the use of chlorine solvents, including trichloroethylene and methylene chloride..
Oct. Issued the SII Group Green Purchasing Standards.
2000 Feb. Introduced environmental accounting.
Nov. Ohno Unit became the first SII Group business unit which achieved
Zero Emissions.
2001 Oct. Makuhari Head Office became the first SII Group non-production site which obtained ISO14001.
Dec. Introduced the SII Green Products labeling system.
2004 Mar. Major Japan sites achieved Zero Emissions.
Aug. Started to report social activities in our environmental report.
Oct. Lead solder was completely abolished.
2005 Jul. Our environmental report changed its title to SII Social and
Environmental Report.
2006 Oct. Introduced the SII High Grade Green Products labeling system.
Nov. Received the Development Bank of Japan’s Highest Rank Award for Promoting Environmentally Conscious Management.
2007 May. “SII Green Products” achieved 90% of sales.
2009 Feb. Abolished the use of methylene chloride at overseas sites.

 

Environmental Awards

Oct. 1996 6 Chiba Keiyo business units received Recycling Promotion Committee’s Chairman’s Award for paper recycling activities.
Jun. 1998 SII Microtechno Inc. received Akita Prefecture’s “Best Environment Activities” award.
Jun. 1998 Morioka Seiko Instruments Inc. received Iwate Prefecture’s award for “Excellence in Environmental Protection.”
May 2000 Makuhari head office received the Chairman’s Award from the Chiba City Building Conference.
Feb. 2005 Tochigi Unit received the Chairman’s Prize for Excellence from the Kanto Region Electric Power Rationalization Committee.
Morioka Seiko Instruments Inc. received the Chairman’s Award from the Tohoku Seven-Prefecture Electric Power Promotion Committee.
Feb. 2006 Tochigi Unit received the Kanto Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry’s Excellent Energy Conservation Factory, Director General Prize.
Feb. 2007 Morioka Seiko Instruments Inc. received the Tohoku Regional Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry’s Excellent Energy Conservation Factory, Director General Prize.
Feb. 2008 The Sendai Unit received the Prize for Outstanding Performance as part of the Outstanding Energy Conservation Equipment Awards sponsored by the Japan Association of Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Contractors (JARAC).

Environmentally-Friendly Manufacturing

Environmental Protection at Our Production Sites and Environmental Risk Management

To protect the environment of our production sites, the SII Group constantly enhances the facility preparedness for emergencies.

Soil Pollution Measurement Result
Because of soil pollution at our closed site in Ichikawa, Chiba, we immediately reported to the authorities and held an explanation meeting with the local residents. SII promoted soil purification actions under the authority’s guidance.

The soil pollution was limited to within the premises, however, we disclosed the information and voluntarily took appropriate soil purification actions based on corporate social responsibility and environmental conservation. The soil purification was completed at the end of March, 2008 and we submitted the report to the authorities.

 

SII Sites Case Study

The Larkin plant of Instruments Technology (Johor) Sdn.Bhd (INTECH) improved its wastewater treatment.
To enable better and more efficient wastewater treatment, its existing and standby septic tanks were integrated into a mechanical sewage treatment plant that uses an extended aeration system. The upgraded sewage treatment plant is designed to handle an average daily flow rate per capita of 225 litres, which is higher capacity than the existing septic tanks.
Upper side of the plant

 

 

 

 

Dalian Seiko Instruments Inc. (DSI)’s initiative



17 years have passed since DSI started its operation at the Dalian Economic & Technical Development Zone. Along with regional development, we strive to conduct our business as a company in harmony with the environment.Challenge for Oil Pan EliminationDSI owns more than 600 camshaft automatic lathes to process watch parts and ABS components for automobiles. Since machining oil scatters when processing parts, oil pans are commonly placed under the machines. So, we decided to remove oil pans and not waste a drop of oil.Automated lathe without an oil pan
We took a wide variety of measures including overhauling machines, repairing leakages, improving operational methods and raising employees’ awareness. As a result, machining oil scattering and leakage was prevented, and oil pan elimination was achieved.
This also leads to a reduction in machining oil consumption and effective work space usage. We will continue this effort to save our energy and resources.

 


Li Zongzheng, Environmental Facilities Administration Division

In China, environmental laws and regulations tighten every year. Our voluntary actions are very important, as well as compliance with laws and regulations. We promote a wide range of initiatives, including capital improvement and evaluating the use of energy-saving fluorescent lighting equipment, with due consideration to the environment.
  • To eliminate air conditioners using CFC12 as refrigerant, 44 air conditioners were replaced with new ones. This decreased CO2 emissions by 259 tons-CO2 compared to the previous year.
  • Recycling of cooling water used in vacuum furnaces was started. By improving the cooling water system, water usage was reduced by 5,000 m3 in FY2006.

 

Remodeled Design of Vacuum Furnace Cooling Water System

Remodeled Design of Vacuum Furnace Cooling Water System

Green Purchasing

Green Purchasing

To create environmentally-friendly products, we need to pay close attention to the eco-friendliness of the materials and components that we use. From production inputs to office supplies, the SII Group proactively promotes green purchasing.

SII Group’s Green Purchasing Concept
Since 1999, our development, design, quality, and procurement departments have together worked closely to promote green purchasing. To make purchase decisions, we focus on products with less environmental impact from environmentally-conscious suppliers, while considering quality and prices. This approach has been shared in the SII Group, including our overseas units.

SII Group’s Green Purchasing Concept
Since 1999, our development, design, quality, and procurement departments have together worked closely to promote green purchasing. To make purchase decisions, we focus on products with less environmental impact from environmentally-conscious suppliers, while considering quality and prices. This approach has been shared in the SII Group, including our overseas units.

Green Purchasing of Production Materials
When we purchase production materials, we focus on “Quality + Price + Delivery + Environment” based on the SII Group Green Purchasing Standards.

Site Report

Japan Bases

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