Establishment of “KoCoro no Mori – Forestry of KoCoro “
In April 2018, we opened about 1.2 hectares of “KoCoro no Mori – Forestry of KoCoro” at the prefectural Mikiyama Forest Park near Inami-cho, Hyogo Prefecture where our head office and Bansu Works are located. The meaning of “KoCoro” is “heart”. We will carry out various activities including forest maintenance, contribute to the area, foster environmental awareness of employees, human resource development, CSR activities.
Promoting Environment Friendly Production
Various kinds of energy, including electric power and city gas, are used in the production processes. Aiming to become an environment friendly plant, KCM promotes energy saving activities.
Pneumatic lines are provided within our plant to supply compressed air to the assembly, fabrication and other processes. Air leaks from piping can result in energy loss. As a preventive measure, an ultra-sonic leak detector is employed to check for air leaks from the piping, allowing repair or replacement of the defective section for energy loss reduction.
In addition, KCM has replaced the existing equipment and devices with energy-saving products. For example, about half of the 1000 mercury lamps in the plant were replaced with LED lamps, reducing the lighting power consumption to one forth. The rest will be replaced in the near future.
KCM has promoted waste recycling activities. The waste hydraulic oil is separated and used to produce recycled fuel oil for boilers. This enables waste reduction and the effective utilization of limited natural resources to ensure environment friendly production.
Promoting Environmental Communication
Hyogo Prefecture has about 38,000 storage reservoirs, which is the largest number in Japan. In Inami-cho where the KCM Main Factory is located, there are two well-known ponds: Kako-ooike, the biggest reservoir in Hyogo Prefecture, and Tenma-ooike, the oldest reservoir in Hyogo Prefecture. Yellow Floating Heart (Nymphoides Peltata) designated as a near threatened species in the Red List of the Ministry of the Environment, Japan, can be found there. As a member of the Inami Environmental Council hosted by Inami-cho, KCM collaboratively works on the local environmental conservation projects through water quality analysis of the reservoirs.