Company Efforts in Sustainability
SHIMA SEIKI promotes manufacturing that is beneficial to people and the earth, contributes to environmental conservation through the development and supply of “environmentally considerate products,” and upholds social responsibility as a global company. For this purpose, all business activities at our headquarters related to the design, manufacture and sales of our products have been granted ISO14001 certification by an accredited third party.
Solar Electricity Generation
SHIMA SEIKI has incorporated global environmental protection into the SHIMA SEIKI Group Code of Conduct. We recognize the promotion of environmentally aware business activities and compliance with all environment-related laws and regulations as top management priorities.
The production division is promoting energy conservation, striving to reduce average annual energy consumption by 1% or more. We have introduced a large-scale solar-powered generation system at each factory building such as the Company's new FA Building No. 3 assembly plant for WHOLEGARMENT knitting machines. This step boosts the combined photovoltaic output of the SHIMA SEIKI Group's production plants to 1,550kW-one of the highest outputs for a Japanese private enterprise. We are thus effectively realizing a 10% reduction in power consumption by supporting natural energy resources.
Other SHIMA SEIKI energy-saving initiatives include the installation of thermal storage air-conditioners, the adoption of lighting systems using inverters and the reuse of dissipated heat from machine tools.
SHIMA SEIKI's efforts to promote greenery at its factories have yielded a 30% green area ratio for its 160,000 sq. meters of factory grounds. We have also planted some 12,000 trees, as part of our efforts to contribute to CO2 reduction. In October 2007, SHIMA SEIKI received the Outstanding Green Development Factory Award from the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (MITI) for its overall efforts to promote the greening of factories and its contributions to regional greening. In the future, SHIMA SEIKI will continue to promote and preserve the green development of its factories. Further, we will strive to improve such facilities as surrounding roadways, street lighting and pedestrian walkways.
We have also installed illuminations around the head office building, with additional crime-prevention benefits. Through such initiatives, we aim to contribute to local communities.