History of Environmental Achievements

The information on this page was published before the January 27, 2017 business integration between Minebea Co., Ltd. and Mitsumi Electric Co., Ltd. The CSR Report for MinebeaMitsumi Inc. will be published in September 2017. Link to Mitsumi Electric Co., Ltd. .

1990's

1991 Jul Minebea organizes the Anti-CFC Committee with the aim of phasing out use of specified CFCs and ethana as cleaning gents.
1992 Mar Minebea represents Japanese corporations in Thailand at the Japan-U.S.Stratospheric Ozone Protection Conference, where it displays a proprietary washing technology that uses purified and deoxidized water rather than specified CFCs or ethane.
1993 Apr Minebea becomes the first bearing manufacturer in the world to completely eliminate specified CFCs and ethane from all production processes.
(Note :Minebea installed its water-based washing system at all of its plants, at a total cost of 5.0billion Yen, enabling it to terminate use of approximately 145 tons of specified CFCs and 325 tons of ethane monthly worldwide.) The Anti-CFC Committee is replaced by the Environment Protection Committee.
Jul Minebea displays its water-based washing technology at the Ozone Layer Protection Seminar, sponsored by Japan's Ministry of International Trade and Industry.
Aug Minebea formulates its own "Charter for Environmental Protection".
Oct Minebea's Thai subsidiaries and the parent company recieve the U.S. EPA's Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award.
1995 Oct Goro Ogino, then president of Minebea, receives the Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award for Individuals, from the U.S. EPA.
1996 Apr Minebea Electronics & Hi-Tech Components (Shanghai) Ltd. establishes the Shanghai-Minebea Environmental Protection Fund, aimed at protecting the quality of the water in Lake Daishan-hu and the lake's surrounding environment.
Jul Minebea finalized plans to obtain ISO 14001 certification, the ISO's standard for environmental management systems.
1997 Apr The Karuizawa plant, the principal parent plant, and U.K. subsidiary Rose Bearings Ltd.'s Lincoln plant (the present NMB-Minebea UK Ltd. Lincoln plant) become the first bearing production facilities to obtain ISO 14001 certification.
Sep The Minebea Group is selected as winner of the U.S. EPA's Best-of-the-Best Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award.
Oct All Minebea plants in Thailand obtain ISO 14001 certification.
Dec Minebea Electronics & Hi-Tech Components' (Shanghai) two plants obtain ISO 14001 certification.
1998 Jan The Singapore plants obtain ISO 14001 certification.
Feb German subsidiary Precision Motors Deutsche Minebea GmbH obtains ISO 14001 certification.
Jun Goro Ogino, then president of Minebea, receives the City of Shanghai's Shanghai Environmetal Protection Award, in recognition of his contributions to environmental preservation in the city.

Japanese subsidiaries NMB Electro Precision,Inc. obtains ISO 14001 certification.
Aug The Hamamatsu plant, the parent plant for electronic components, obtains ISO 14001 certification.
Oct Fujisawa and Omori plants obtain ISO 14001 certification.
1999 Feb Rose Bearings Ltd.'s Skegness plant (the present NMB-Minebea UK Ltd. Skegness plant) ontains ISO 14001 certification.
Jun U.S. subsidiary New Hampshire Ball Bearings, Inc.'s Peterborough plant obtains ISO 14001 certification.
Nov U.K. subsidiary NMB (U.K.) Ltd.'s Inchinnan Keyboard Printing plant obtains ISO 14001 certification.

2000's

2001 Mar The Shanghai-Minebea Envoronmental Protection Fund is increased to Rmb 11.0 million, from Rmb 7.5 million.
Jul U.S. subsidairy Hansen Corporation obtains ISO 14001 certification.
Nov U.S. subsidiary New Hampshire Ball Bearings, Inc.'s Chatsworth plant obtains ISO14001 certification.
2002 Aug U.S. subsidiary New Hampshire Ball Bearings, Inc.'s Laconia plant obtains ISO14001 certification.
2003 Aug The second plant of Shanghai Minebea's Xicen plant is selected as one of the TOP 100 Projects of National Environmental Protection in China.
Dec U.S. subsidiary New Hampshire Ball Bearings, Inc.'s Chatsworth plant is selected as one of the award recipients for exemplary pollution prevention activities implemented in California.
2004 Apr U.S. subsidiary New Hampshire Ball Bearings, Inc.'s HiTech division receives EPA's "Director's Award for mentoring" for assisting their suppliers in developing their own environmental management systems.
Mar Mr. Susumu Fujisawa, President of manufacturing subsidiary in China, receives the Shanghai municipal award of environmental protection for individuals.
2005 Jun Manufacturing subsidiary in China starts purchasing green electricity.
Oct Manufacturing subsidiary in China obtain OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001:1996 certification.
2006 Mar Minebea Confirms RoHS compliance is completed by end of March 2006.
R&D center in Thailand has obtained National Laboratory Certification (ISO/IEC 17025).
2007 Sep U.S. subsidiary New Hampshire Ball Bearings, Inc.'s Astro Division was honored by the US State of New Hampshire and was presented the "2007 Governor's Award for Pollution Prevention".
2008 Jan Bang Pa-in Plant in Thailand installed "zero plant effluent system", and together with "rainwater recycling system" enabled reduction of city water usage by approximately 45%.
Mar Material & Process Laboratory in Karuizawa Plant has obtained National Laboratory Certification (ISO/IEC 17025 :2005).
Jun A new plant for cutting and pressing process for bearings in Bang Pa-in Plant which is 60% energy saving than the conventional plant has started operation.
2009 Apr Shanghai Plant and Xicen plant in China have installed "zero plant effluent system". The system enabled reduction of city water by approximately 45% in total.

2010's

2010 Sep Karuizawa plant has installed "spring water purification and recycle system" which enables alternative use of natural water resource from industrial water by approximately 200 ton /day.
2012 Jul Received the highest rank in the "Financing Based on Environmental Responsibility Ratings" conducted by Development Bank of Japan Inc.
2012 Aug Chinese subsidiary Minebea Electronic Devices (Suzhou) Ltd. obtains ISO14001:2004 certificate and OHSAS 18001:2007 certificate.
2013 Mar Cambodia Plant (Minebea (Cambodia) Co., Ltd.) acquired ISO14001:2004 environmental management system certification.

Past Environmental Activities

Environmental protection activities before 2007

Past Environmental Activities

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