Fiscal 2008 Highlights; Main Toyobo Group Events
01:Environmental Business Award
Toyobo Wins Eco Japan Cup 2008 Environmental Business Award for Water Treatment Membranes Business
Toyobo's water treatment membranes business won the Eco Japan Cup 2008 Environmental Business Award. Eco Japan Cup is an annual contest jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the Ministry of the Environment, Environmental Business Women, and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. Toyobo's water treatment membranes business was recognized for its environmental appeal to society, and for its universality, technological level and novelty as an environmental measure.
Regarding Toyobo's Water Treatment Membranes Business
In seawater desalination technologies, Toyobo initiated the world's first commercial production of single-step process seawater desalination reverse osmosis membrane modules in 1979. Toyobo modules are now being used at many seawater desalination plants in Japan and overseas, and have won high acclaim. In particular, Toyobo's modules have gained a market share of more than 50% in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations.
Toyobo's seawater desalination modules use proprietary hollow fiber reverse osmosis membranes to efficiently produce high quality water at a low cost. These modules contribute to reducing environmental load for the following reasons.
- The modules have high chlorine tolerance (for water sterilization) and high resistance to microbial fouling. They facilitate production of high quality water at high operating rates with low costs.
- Because the modules are highly resistant to dirt and contamination, water production can be maintained using only small quantities of chemicals to clean the membranes.
- The main ingredient of the membrane material (cellulose triacetate) is cellulose, which is a natural material.
Toyobo Participates in "Join the Loop" PET Bottle Recycling
PET bottles were collected at the Otodama '08 music festival held September 7, 2008 at the Izumiotsu Phoenix Hall in Osaka Prefecture. Toyobo participated in the "Join the Loop" recycling project (sponsored by Resona Bank) in which the collected bottles were transformed into recycled fiber to make T-shirts.
Example Green Distribution Initiatives
Toyobo is working together with our group company Toyobo Logistics Co., Ltd. toward the greening of our distribution system.
EX1: Joint Transportation of Synthetic Fibers for CO2 Emissions reductions
Toyobo and Teijin Fibers Ltd. initiated the joint transportation of synthetic fibers (from Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture toward Osaka) in October 2008 as a contribution to global warming countermeasures. These joint shipments, which are the first in Japan's synthetic fibers industry, are expected to reduce the CO2 emissions from transportation by 40% without any increase in distribution costs. The companies plan to expand the scale of joint shipments in the future.
EX2: Greater Use of Tsuruga Port for the Environment and the Local Economy
In the past, most products produced at Toyobo's facility in Tsuruga City, Fukui Prefecture were carried by land from Tsuruga to the Kansai region and then shipped from the Port of Kobe or the Port of Osaka. Toyobo began expanding shipments directly from Tsuruga Port following the completion of port improvements in 2008. This modal shift is generating the following merits.
- Reduction of environmental load (from reduced land transportation CO2 emissions)
- Contribution to local economic development (through projects bringing renewed vitality to Tsuruga Port)
- Reduction of distribution costs