Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. is pleased to announce that Sumirubber Thai Eastern Corporation Co., Ltd. (STEC), a subsidiary involved in natural rubber processing, achieved complete zero waste disposal in January of 2013. With this step, all of our Group's 19 major production bases, both in Japan and overseas, have now achieved complete zero waste disposal status.
STEC initiated efforts to obtain ISO14001 certification beginning in February of 2012. Since then, STEC has focused on training to promote widespread employee understanding of the importance of environmental protection activities. As a result of these efforts, STEC obtained ISO14001 certification in December of 2012 and finally achieved complete zero waste disposal status this past January.