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Introduction to Kawasaki Plant

  • Aerial view of the Kawasaki Plant Aerial view of the Kawasaki Plant


[Main functions]
Production of synthetic rubbers and synthetic latex

Plant Policy (from Plant Manager)

  • Kawasaki Plant Manager <br>Takafumi Kawanaka Kawasaki Plant Manager
    Takafumi Kawanaka

Our plant fulfills its role as a member of the community. We continue to participate in the regular cleanup of the “Tonomachi-Yako Route,” the bullet train route for this region as a usual practice. Also, we plan entertainment hand-made by our employees and invite local companies and members of the neighborhood association, hoping that they enjoy our hospitality.
We will aim to continue to be a plant that the local community can trust and work together with the local community as much as possible.

Safety Initiatives

We aim to eradicate accidents and disasters based on participation by all workers with safety as the highest priority.

[Concrete efforts]

  • Safety education through accident case study education and safety hands-on education, etc.
  • Various safety activities on near misses, etc.

Efforts to Reduce Environmental Impact

We promote reduction of emissions of harmful substances and industrial waste and energy-saving, and strive to effectively use resources by cooperating with inter-industrial complex companies.

[Concrete efforts]
1. Prevention of global warming
We have achieved resource and energy saving by installing the latest gas engine type cogeneration system Units 5 and 6 with high thermal efficiency and low NOx in fiscal 2014. The surplus power generated is stably supplied externally. In addition, we are developing processes that effectively use steam and waste heat, and continue to reduce environmental impact.

2. Reducing toxic chemical emissions
We introduced Butadiene and Acrylonitrile recovery equipment, and are reducing emissions. We also carried out equipment improvement to prevent Acrylic nitrile steam from the production equipment opening.
Our emissions of Butadiene and Acrylonitrile in fiscal 2015 were 2.0 tons and 4.9 tons respectively.

3. Reducing industrial waste
We are reducing industrial waste through waste separation and re-use of resources (recycling and heat recovery). As a result of our proactive efforts to reduce waste, the waste we sent to landfill in fiscal 2015 was less than 1 ton.

4. Reducing air pollution
We greatly reduced our emissions of Acrylonitrile through our efforts. We have started to develop technology to reduce emissions to one fifth of their current level by 2020.

5. Reducing water pollution
We are reducing nitrogen compounds in the wastewater inflow. We are making efforts to improve technology so that it can stably deal with fluctuations in load.

6. Environmental Data

Kawasaki Plant FY2011 FY2012 FY2013 FY2014 FY2015
Toxic substances Butadiene consumption (tons) 23,054 22,841 20,372 23,534 21,758
Butadiene emissions (tons) 2.6 2.7 2.4 2.59 2.0
Acrylonitrile consumption (tons) 10,670 10,872 9,653 11,405 10,746
Acrylonitrile emissions (tons) 12 13 11 11.2 4.9
Substances subject to PRTR law Consumption (tons) 46,186 44,709 40,203 45,847 43,954
Amount emitted (tons) 26 25.6 26.1 27.9 21.4
Industrial waste Amount generated (before volume reduction) (tons) 47,718 50,878 48,039 52,900 44,380
Amount generated (after volume reduction) (tons) 5,383 5,037 4,024 4,401 3,412
Amount sent to landfill (tons) 0.4 0.9 0.0 0.0 0.0
Atmospheric emissions CO2 emissions (tons) 27,609 27,968 20,917 25,778 23,443
SOx emissions (tons) 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.3
NOx emissions (tons) 8 8 7 5.7 5.6
Soot emissions (tons) 0.6 1 1 0.6 0.5
Leakage of CFCs (tons of CO2) 0.0
Water resources (Industrial water + Ground water + Waterworks) consumption (1,000 m3) 2,963 3,313 3,092 3,657 3,241
Waste water Total waste water discharge (1,000 m3) 1,793 1,904 2,031 2,185 2,265
COD emissions (tons) 40 42 45 44 35
Total phosphorus discharge (tons) 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.2 0.23
Total nitrogen discharge (tons) 89 115 93 114.5 89
Energy Total consumption (crude oil equivalent, kL) 16,220 16,552 14,406 14,700 13,355
Unit consumption index (1990 = 100)
90% 91% 75% 84% 65%
Production of PDR equivalent (tons) 81,790 82,757 73,834 85,441 80,229

Quality Assurance Efforts

We aim to “Produce products with world No.1 quality and supply customers stably.”

[Concrete efforts]

  • Improvements in process capability for product quality
  • Advancement of quality assurance based on science
  • Reduction of various types of waste such as losses and work load

Relationship with Employees

We help each employee develop the capabilities they need to perform their duties, and implement planned and continuous “development of independent human resources who can think and act on their own,” cultivating a spirit of cooperation between employees.
[Concrete efforts]
Based on the above policy, we consider the aims, contents and subjects of education and training, and choose the most effective form from group education such as the Monozukuri (Product Manufacturing) Training Center (for staff from their first to third years at the company), on-the-job training, off-the-job training and self-development assistance, etc.

Living Together with the Local Community

We place importance on living together with the local community, based on dialogue, and aim to be an open plant.

[Concrete efforts]
・Business reports and plant tours
We hold these once a year in order to promote dialogue with the people living around the plant and to deepen their understanding of our company and plant.

・Implementation of local dialogue
In order to help all local people understand our responsible care activities such as environmental improvement and safety, we implement the Japan Chemical Industry Association RC Committee, Kawasaki District Member Companies with nine companies including Zeon Corporation.

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