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Introduction to Zeon Chemicals Yonezawa Co., Ltd.

  • Zeon Chemicals Yonezawa Co., Ltd. Zeon Chemicals Yonezawa Co., Ltd.

[Establishment]
1996

[Business content]
Manufacture and sale of perfumes and pharmaceutical and pesticide intermediates, manufacture and sale of RIM blended solutions
Founded as a producer of fine chemical products in 1996, began production of synthetic fragrances in 1997, and reaction injection molding blended solutions in 1998.
 
[Status in recent years]
Has conducted commissioned research for Zeon Corporation since 2006.


Company Policy (Executive Message)

  • President Kouichi Miyagi President Kouichi Miyagi

We as the fifth Zeon Group plant both stably provide customers with excellent quality products and develop new products and technologies to proactively meet the challenges of responding to changing market conditions. We will continue to offer products that meet customer needs in the future.
Also, as well as implementing corporate safety first activities, we actively participate in events such as chemistry experiments and the Snow Lantern Festival, contributing to the local community.


Safety Initiatives

  • Practical education Practical education

[Policy]
Sticking to the basics, we promote a stable, safe and comfortable workplace

[Concrete efforts]
Increased sensibility through practical education
In fiscal 2015, we implemented a alkyl aluminum*combustion and explosion experience in cooperation with the fire department and the chemicals manufacturer.
In a safe area, we were able to let employees, Zeon Group employees and firefighters see first-hand ignition due to spontaneous combustion in air and combustion and explosion due to water.

*Alkyl aluminum
A type 3 hazardous material that ignites due to moisture in the air and combusts and explodes rapidly if exposed to water.


Efforts to Reduce Environmental Impact

[Policy]
Continue zero emissions and promote environmental impact reduction activities

[Concrete efforts]
1. Continue zero emissions
We have continued to send zero industrial waste to landfill since February 2012.
We thoroughly separate waste generated in the production process, and conduct resource recycling and thermal recycling.

2. Promotion of activities to save resources and energy
We are actively engaged in efforts to reduce our power use to reduce our CO2emissions.

3. Environmental Data

Zeon Chemicals Yonezawa Co., Ltd. FY2011 FY2012 FY2013 FY2014 FY2015
Substances covered by PRTR law Number of substances 5 4 7 5 3
Consumption (tons) 1,897 1,773 1,642 1,759 1,567
Amount emitted (tons) 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.6
Industrial waste Amount generated (before volume reduction) (tons) 186 187 202 206 182
Amount sent to landfill (tons) 0.4 0.0 0 0.0 0.0
Water resources (Industrial water + Ground water + Waterworks) consumption (1,000 m3) 14 10 9 14 12
CO2 emissions (tons) 940 1,017 1,151 1,421 1,815
Energy consumption (crude oil equivalent, kL) 505 439 490 591 762
* Due the full operation of new experiments, our CO2 emissions and energy use has increased due to increased electricity usage.

Quality Assurance Efforts

[Policy]
Zero quality claims
 
[Concrete efforts]
The trend in quality claims has been from zero claims in fiscal 2014 to one claim in fiscal 2015. This one claim occurred at the beginning of the fiscal year and was due to insufficient communication and reporting. In fiscal 2015, as part of the countermeasures taken in respect of the claim that occurred, we identified the source of the claim as an activity to prevent recurrence, and implemented measures in respect of matters that could be expected to cause faults in order to prevent future claims.

Relationship with Employees

[Policy]
Vision: Develop a corporate culture that promotes taking on challenges and rewards those who do, develop human resources who take on lofty goals, conduct improvement and reform activities on a daily basis.

[Concrete efforts]
1. Training of multi-operators
Conduct multi-operator training so that the four plants can be stably and securely operated.
Since it consists of a small group, we conduct planned relocation and work to improve their competence.

2. Changes in the personnel system
Aiming to create a culture that rewards those who take on challenges, the existing qualification ranks and promotion conditions were reviewed and a new personnel system was brought in.
We will develop human resources that aim for higher qualifications and take on the challenge of reform and innovation themes.
 

Living Together with the Local Community

[Policy]
Promoting compliance activities to meet the expectations of society

Experiment Classroom
Experiment Classroom

completed air
The completed air

[Concrete efforts]
1. Participation in the Yamagata Prefecture experiment classroom
We exhibited an experimental craft booth for the “2015 Youth Science Festival in Yamagata.” We made air fresheners with the children by adding Zeon synthetic fragrances to water-absorbent resin containing colored water.
 

  • Completed snow lanterns Completed snow lanterns

2. Participation in the Uesugi Yukidoro-matsuri (snow lantern festival)
The Uesugi Yukidoro-matsuri symbolizes the local residents' prayer for peace, and is held every year. As a part of our activities as a member of the community, we participate every year by creating two snow lanterns.


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