Shinshiro Plant (TP)

Shinshiro Plant

Shinshiro Plant

Business activities

Production of tires for passenger cars

Total site area

223,879 m2

Number of employees

1,291 (as of November 2018)

Location

1 Furuyashiki, Noda-Aza, Shinshiro City, Aichi 441-1343, JAPAN

Contact for consultation and complaints

General Affairs Division Tel: +81-536-22-2251 Fax: +81-536-23-0353

Shinshiro-Minami Plant

Shinshiro-Minami Plant

Business activities

Production of tires for passenger cars

Total site area

110,998 m2

Number of employees

461 (as of November 2018)

Location

10-24 Oiri, Hitokuwada-Aza, Shinshiro City, Aichi 441-1338, JAPAN

Contact for consultation and complaints

General Affairs Division Tel: +81-536-22-2251 Fax: +81-536-23-0353

Message from the General Manager

Tetsuya Nagao

The Shinshiro Plant strives to conduct plant operations, considering the environment, as a core plant of Yokohama Rubber, aiming to be “a top level contributor in terms of the environment.” While the plant manufactures BluEarth and other low fuel consumption tires and environmentally friendly products, plant seedlings are grown by employees around the plant in “Forever Forest Project” activities. We have donated about 233,000 seedlings and supported planting around the region and in collaboration with other companies, and employees have carried out environmental preservation activities with people in local communities.

The Plant uses a large amount of water resources in the region in the process of producing tires. The employees ask themselves “we have received a gift from nature but what can we do for the environment?” Therefore, we made our own biotopes within the plant premises and also in fallow fields located at Yotsuya-Senmaida. We also conducted a biodiversity survey at the water source of the Toyo River, a clean river, and at the drain outlet of the plant. We will continue such biodiversity protection activities and we will continue to protect nature, water resources and lives there. We will also keep the public informed about what we found in biodiversity protection activities and our activities.

The plant signed an environmental preservation agreement with Shinshiro City, where the plant is located, and we conduct water quality inspections of plant waste water and measurements of noise to give consideration to the living environment as a member of the local community. The plant was registered as an office participating in disaster prevention of the city and if a large scale disaster occurs, we will set up an evacuation site on the premises of the plant to provide cooperation through our plant personnel and facilities.

We also operate the plant as a member of the region by opening the Tireland park on the premises to the public to be used as a place of leisure, and we accept plant tours by students of elementary, junior high and senior high schools in neighboring areas and introduce the efforts of the plant and receive various opinions through informal discussions with local ward heads.

We will continue to contribute to the region as a member of the local community together with people in the region.

Organizational Governance

Compliance education

CSR study meetings

We conduct compliance training whose target is managers, supervisors, and new employees newly becoming working adults in order to heighten awareness of statutory compliance issues.
Furthermore, CSR study meetings are held with business partners, and at such events we work to strengthen trusting relationships by once again acknowledging social contribution activities and the issue of statutory compliance.

Human Rights

Promotion of employment of people with disabilities

Acorn craft class

As of the end of November 2018, we have 21 disabled employees (disabled employment ratio of 2.57%). In the future as well, we will make efforts to expand the hiring of disabled persons, and to enhance the workplace environment for them. As part of these efforts, we held an acorn craft class at the special education classroom in the neighborhood elementary school.

Labor Practices

Safety and health measures

Based on the recognition that, the basis of corporate activity is assuring the safety and health of both our employees and those of cooperating companies, Occupational Safety and Health Management System (OSHMS) certification in accordance with Japan Industrial Safety & Health Association (JISHA) standards was obtained. This was done as a means by which to realize a safe, healthy and comfortable workplace. Seven years have now passed since this achievement, and certification has been continued after passing the third renewal examination.
We have conducted the following activities, with a focus on four main pillars (education, extraction of defects, hazard prediction, and risk assessment) based on mutual communication between the management and workers.

Education and training for employees

New employee hands-on safety drills

Safety education for employees starts from safety and health education at the time of joining the company and we are deploying activities, mainly by person-to-person education for employees by managers and sensory training, risk assessment practical training, KY (Hazard Prediction) meeting and safety personnel certification development training.

Responses in case of disaster

For responses in case of disasters, regular evacuation drills are conducted in accordance with the annual fire and disaster prevention plan. At the drill, we establish a self-firefighting organization headquarters to conduct drills so that comprehensive responses can be made through fire extinguishing drills and rescue drills. Furthermore, the Shinshiro Plant regularly conducts joint fire-fighting drills with the Shinshiro Fire Department, one such event having been held on June 29 of this year. A list of the other activities that are conducted is given below.

Disaster-prevention drills

The Environment

Environmental Policy of Shinshiro Plant, Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd.

The Shinshiro Plant, as the core plant of Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., will be a pioneer, aiming to become “a company having world-class strengths in technologies for protecting the environment, embodying consideration towards the environment”.

  1. By manufacturing products with heart and technology, we contribute to happiness and affluence and continue to practice “prevention of environmental pollution and sensory discomfort” and “improving the protection of the environment” by pre-emptive management, in an aim for zero environmental risks.
  2. All departments and related companies constituting Shinshiro Plant shall build up and maintain a mechanism in accordance with the environmental management system established by themselves and improve environmentally friendly management under the leadership of top management.
  3. We will deepen communications with all stakeholders that comply with the related laws, regulations, agreements and contracts, etc., and strive for regional contribution and social contribution.
  4. In order to protect limited regional resources such as energy, raw materials and water, we practice activities preventing waste and promote 3R (*) and contribute to realization of low carbon and recycling society.
    *Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
  5. In order to realize this policy, we establish environmental objectives and targets, carry out the plan deliberately and securely promote them by visualization of the results. Also, the policy, objective and goal are subject to review on a quantitative basis, and revised as necessary.
  6. We cherish natural lives in the Shinshiro region in the Toyo River water system with rich water and strive for protection of biodiversity.
  7. In harmony and fusion with rich nature of Shinshiro-shi, “Yama-no minato” and through “Yokohama Forever Forest” activities, we aim at regional contributions and coexistence of humans and nature through planting activities and planting instruction and furnishing seedlings.
  8. We will provide thorough education and enlightenment activities so that all workers at the Shinshiro Plant can understand the policy and act accordingly.
  9. This Policy shall be published.

January 1, 2019
Tetsuya Nagao
Plant General Manager,
Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., Shinshiro Plant

Reductions in greenhouse gas emissions

1. Active introduction of high-efficiency products

In accordance with the medium- and long- range management plan, we are gradually replacing existing fans, pumps and electromechanical equipment, as well as air-conditioning equipment and transformers, etc., with highly-efficient (“Top Runner” program compliant) models. We are also promoting the introduction of LED lighting.

2. Advancement of energy-saving activities

We perform repairs of production line leaks such as steam, water, plant air as well as enhancement of heat insulation.
We also work on implementing inverters in the electric motor drives.
As one of our day-to-day activities, we utilize energy-saving checklists, and to summarize that activity, we hold energy-saving section meetings monthly to support energy-saving activities for the entire plant.

Environmental data and explanations

Reductions in greenhouse gas emissions

Shinshiro Plant
Shinshiro-Minami Plant

Effective use of resources / Waste reductions

Waste output
Shinshiro Plant
Shinshiro-Minami Plant
Water usage
Shinshiro Plant

Shinshiro Plant: uses main water and draws industrial water from the Toyo River and Noda River, a branch of the Toyo River.

Shinshiro-Minami Plant

Shinshiro-Minami Plant: uses main water and draws industrial water from well water.

Measures for discharge into water, air and soil

Data related to water contamination

Shinshiro Plant: twice a month, monitors twenty items of water contamination within self-regulated targets set under the ordinances of and agreements with Aichi Prefecture and Shinshiro City.

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Drain Item Regulatory values Voluntary standard values FY2018 result
Average Maximum Minimum
Drain 1 PH 5.8~8.6 6.5~8.0 7.31 7.6 7.0
BOD concentration (mg/l) 20 9.0 or less 1.63 3.6 0.6
COD concentration (mg/l) 20 11.0 or less 1.62 2.4 1.1
SS concentration (mg/l) 20 6.0 or less 1.65 3.0 Less than 1.0
Oil concentration (mg/l) (animal) 10 1.0 or less Less than 0.5 Less than 0.5 Less than 0.5
Oil concentration (mg/l) (mineral) 2 1.0 or less Less than 0.5 Less than 0.5 Less than 0.5
Drain 2 PH 5.8~8.6 6.5~8.0 7.46 7.7 7.0
BOD concentration (mg/l) 20 9.0 or less 1.60 3.6 Less than 0.5
COD concentration (mg/l) 20 11.0 or less 1.50 3.3 Less than 0.5
SS concentration (mg/l) 20 6.0 or less 1.33 2.0 Less than 1.0
Oil concentration (mg/l) (animal) 10 1.0 or less Less than 0.5 Less than 0.5 Less than 0.5
Oil concentration (mg/l) (mineral) 2 1.0 or less Less than 0.5 Less than 0.5 Less than 0.5

Shinshiro-Minami Plant: once a month, monitors twenty items of water contamination within self-regulated targets set under the ordinances and agreements with Aichi Prefecture and Shinshiro City.

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Drain Item Regulatory values Voluntary standard values FY2018 result
Average Maximum Minimum
Drain 1 PH 5.8~8.6 6.5~8.0 7.47 7.8 7.3
BOD concentration (mg/l) 20 9.0 or less 4.98 7.4 3.4
COD concentration (mg/l) 20 11.0 or less 7.98 10.0 6.4
SS concentration (mg/l) 20 6.0 or less 3.00 4.0 2.0
Oil concentration (mg/l) (animal) 10 1.0 or less Less than 0.5 Less than 0.5 Less than 0.5
Oil concentration (mg/l) (mineral) 2 1.0 or less Less than 0.5 Less than 0.5 Less than 0.5
Drain 2 PH 5.8~8.6 6.5~8.0 7.67 7.9 7.3
BOD concentration (mg/l) 20 9.0 or less 3.81 8.5 1.9
COD concentration (mg/l) 20 11.0 or less 3.74 7.5 1.1
SS concentration (mg/l) 20 6.0 or less 2.25 5.0 1.0
Oil concentration (mg/l) (animal) 10 1.0 or less Less than 0.5 Less than 0.5 Less than 0.5
Oil concentration (mg/l) (mineral) 2 1.0 or less Less than 0.5 Less than 0.5 Less than 0.5
Discharge locations

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  Drainage outlet Discharge point (Name of rivers)
Shinshiro Plant Drain 1, Drain 2 Noda River
Shinshiro-Minami Plant Drain 1, Drain 2 Kuroda River
Air pollutants (NOx, Sox)

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Substance NOx emissions (t/year) SOx emissions (t/year)
Shinshiro Plant 28
Shinshiro-Minami Plant 10 3

Reporting on chemical substance management status (Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) Law compliance)

The Shinshiro Plant verifies whether secondary materials and auxiliary materials contain chemical substances subject to Safety Data Sheet (SDS) requirements, and in the case of substances where the amounts handled exceed the thresholds specified by the PRTR Law, annual reports are submitted to the national (or prefectural) authorities and safety impact assessment is performed.
Regarding the handling of substances pursuant to the PRTR Law, please refer to the Safety Evaluation Table of Domestic Production Bases.

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Shinshiro Plant

Facility Substance Regulatory values Voluntary standard values FY2018 result
Average Maximum Minimum
Boiler 1 SOx emissions (m3N/h)
Nox (ppm)
Soot and dusts (g/m3N)
Regulations in Article 3
130
0.1
0
90
0.03
Less than 0.028
73
0.001
Less than 0.038
75
0.002
Less than 0.018
71
Less than 0.001
Boiler 2 SOx emissions (m3N/h)
Nox (ppm)
Soot and dusts (g/m3N)
Regulations in Article 3
130
0.1
0
120
0.03
Less than 0.036
64
0.001
Less than 0.054
72
0.002
Less than 0.017
56
Less than 0.001
Cogeneration SOx emissions (m3N/h)
Nox (ppm)
Soot and dusts (g/m3N)
Regulations in Article 3
100
0.05
0
80
0.030
Less than 0.13
60
0.001
Less than 0.14
69
0.002
Less than 0.12
46
Less than 0.001
Warm-water Boiler A SOx emissions (m3N/h)
Nox (ppm)
Soot and dusts (g/m3N)
 
150
0.1
 
120
0.1
 
32
0.001
 
32
0.001
 
31
Less than 0.001
Warm-water Boiler B SOx emissions (m3N/h)
Nox (ppm)
Soot and dusts (g/m3N)
 
150
0.1
 
120
0.030
 
31
0.002
 
31
0.004
 
30
Less than 0.001
Dipping machine SOx emissions (m3N/h)
Nox (ppm)
Soot and dusts (g/m3N)
Regulations in Article 3
250
0.1
Regulations in Article 3
150
0.1
Removed

Shinshiro-Minami Plant

Facility Substance Regulatory values Voluntary standard values FY2018 result
Average Maximum Minimum
High-pressure Boiler 1 SOx emissions (m3N/h)
Nox (ppm)
Soot and dusts (g/m3N)
Regulations in Article 3
180
0.25
Regulations in Article 3
150
0.1
Removed
High-pressure Boiler 2 SOx emissions (m3N/h)
Nox (ppm)
Soot and dusts (g/m3N)
Regulations in Article 3
180
0.25
Regulations in Article 3
150
0.1
Removed
High-pressure Boiler 3 SOx emissions (m3N/h)
Nox (ppm)
Soot and dusts (g/m3N)
Regulations in Article 3
180
0.25
4.26
150
0.1
0.026
69
0.0055
0.026
72
0.007
0.026
66
0.004
High-pressure Boiler 4 SOx emissions (m3N/h)
Nox (ppm)
Soot and dusts (g/m3N)
Regulations in Article 3
180
0.25
4.34
150
0.1
0.03
70.5
0.006
0.034
71
0.007
0.022
70
0.005
High-pressure Boiler 5 SOx emissions (m3N/h)
Nox (ppm)
Soot and dusts (g/m3N)
Regulations in Article 3
180
0.25
4.26
150
0.1
0.0275
64
0.0055
0.03
66
0.007
0.025
62
0.004
High-pressure Boiler 6 SOx emissions (m3N/h)
Nox (ppm)
Soot and dusts (g/m3N)
Regulations in Article 3
180
0.25
0.85
150
0.1
0.0315
72.5
0.0075
0.036
73
0.008
0.027
72
0.007
Low-pressure Boiler 1 SOx emissions (m3N/h)
Nox (ppm)
Soot and dusts (g/m3N)
Regulations in Article 3
180
0.25
4.08
150
0.1
Removed
Low-pressure Boiler 2 SOx emissions (m3N/h)
Nox (ppm)
Soot and dusts (g/m3N)
Regulations in Article 3
180
0.25
4.07
150
0.1
Removed
4t Boiler 1 SOx emissions (m3N/h)
Nox (ppm)
Soot and dusts (g/m3N)
Regulations in Article 3
180
0.3
2.23
150
0.1
0.038
78
0.0065
0.057
78
0.007
0.019
78
0.006
4t Boiler 2 SOx emissions (m3N/h)
Nox (ppm)
Soot and dusts (g/m3N)
Regulations in Article 3
180
0.3
2.11
150
0.1
0.0395
89
0.006
0.055
89
0.006
0.024
89
0.006

Fair Operating Practices

CSR activities with business partners

CSR study meetings

We held the 7th CSR study meeting as part of CSR activities which are conducted with our business partners; and participants from 35 partner companies attended. With this event, we introduced CSR procurement, SDGs (sustainable development goals), initiatives on safety, environment, and compliance, and environmental measures implemented at the Shinshiro Plant, and shared information on both legal compliance and risk management.

Consumer Issues

Communication with customers

Dealer plant tour

Through quality management that is based upon ISO/IATF 16949 certification which represents the automobile industry’s quality management system standard (QMS), we provide our customers with products whose quality can be trusted. Furthermore, we also introduce our quality measures through plant tours that are conducted for the benefit of Japanese and overseas automobile manufacturers, sales companies and general customers.

Responses to complaints

In response to inquiries received from customers with respect to products, we quickly investigate matters and issue reports. In the event that it is determined that issues have occurred during manufacturing, we initiate quick responses and work hard to prevent any reoccurrences.

Community Involvement and Development

Yokohama Forever Forest Project

We supported plantings for purposes such as forest-creation to protect wetlands in Aichi Prefecture, and tidal-control forest-creation to protect human lives in Shizuoka Prefecture from the threat of tsunami, etc. On some 267 occasions, a total of 1,412 employees participated in forest creation activities with local people in various regions. Furthermore, in 2018 we donated a total of 13,619 self-grown seedlings for planting in various regions.

Yokohama Forever Forest Project (FY2018)

Collaboration with another company, Autobacs

Volunteer Activities

In 2018, a cumulative total of 13,619 seedlings were donated on 43 occasions, with 168 employees volunteering to assist with the donations.

Biodiversity protection activities

Biodiversity protection activities

Our plants use large volumes of water in their tire production activities. Accordingly, we wondered; “Is it acceptable that we just receive nature’s bounty through such water resources? Isn’t there something we can do in return?” In light of these thoughts, in 2012 we began implementing biodiversity surveys. These surveys were conducted on 21 occasions in 2018, and we also engaged in biotope creation and maintenance activities. In the future, we will continue to undertake activities aimed at safeguarding biodiversity, and will work to protect local water resources and aquatic life.
We are also participating in the Shinshiro-Shitara Ecology Network Council promoted by Aichi Prefecture. In cooperating with local government, universities, non-profit organizations (NPOs), other companies and partners, we hope to contribute to the biodiversity of the Shinshiro Shitara Region through the provision and planting of 600 broad-leaved tree seedlings raised from local seeds from the Yokohama Rubber Shinshiro Plant.

Relationship with local societies

Informal environmental monitoring meeting and plant tour

On June 28 we invited 12 people to a tour of the plants and an informal meeting afterwards. These were the heads of surrounding residential areas and people who act as environmental monitors. The occasion gave us the opportunity to receive important opinions that could be leveraged in future plant operations as we work to create even more friendly plants.

Shinshiro Clean Festa

Some 69 employees participated in the Shinshiro Clean Festa that was held by Shinshiro City on June 3, and along with the city’s citizens they conducted cleanup activities throughout the region. Furthermore, a total of 850 plant employees have participated in the cleanup activities that are conducted in the vicinity of the plant each month.

Over the three-day period of November 2-4, the “Shinshiro Rally 2018” (the 10th game) was held in Shinshiro General Park as part of the 15th All Japan Rally Championship. The Shinshiro Plant has supported the event since its inception, being involved in setting up both the venue and the course, and also opening a booth. On the YOKOHAMA Special Stage, we had a talk show by Ukyo Katayama and Yuko Iida, an automotive journalist, as well as a concert by MODEA, making for an exciting venue. In the race, YOKOHAMA sponsored drivers did well with Arai winning the championship and Nutahara getting a 3rd place.

Shinshiro Rally 2018