Y.T. Rubber Co., Ltd. (YTRC)
Processing of natural rubberTotal site area
250,000 m2Number of employees
237 (as of the end of December 2021)Location
51/2 Moo. 1 Thambon Tha Sa Thorn, Amphur. Phunphin, Suratthani 84130,ThailandContact for consultation and complaints
Tel: +66 89-895-1825 +66 93-576-6556
Message from the General Manager
YT Rubber (YTRC) was established in 2008 in Thailand’s southern province of Suratthani, which is situated on the eastern side of the northern Malay Peninsula approximately 600 kilometers south of Bangkok.
The nation’s total annual production of natural rubber is approximately 4.7 million tons (making it the number one producer in the world), of which roughly 64% is produced in Thailand’s south. The plant’s immediate vicinity is dominated by rubber plantations and a few groves of palm. The region also boasts extensive tropical rainforests and a bountiful natural environment.
YTRC currently procures and processes raw rubber materials and provides them as high-performance natural rubber products for Yokohama Rubber Group tire production sites both within Thailand and in locations worldwide including Japan, the US, China, Russia, the Philippines, and India, etc.
As a member of the Yokohama Rubber Group, and based on the policy of being a company that contributes to the environment, YTRC has acquired ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications, uses a complete water circulation system, and has reduced the discharge of plant effluent to the outside to zero in order to be environmentally friendly. YTRC operates based on coexistence with the natural environment and local residents.
The company’s employees are from Thailand and Myanmar and we distribute compliance cards in their respective languages in an effort to promote an awareness of compliance.
Global Compliance study meetings are held a number of times annually, and through them compliance levels are increasing.
Interactions between employees
Although various events were cancelled one after another due to COVID-19, every year we promote cross-cultural exchange and friendship among Thai, Burmese, and Japanese employees by sponsoring and participating in events based on Thai Buddhist culture, birthday parties, year-end parties, internal and external sporting events, and employee weddings.
In addition, we carry out everything from seed collection to seedling cultivation within our company, donate the seedlings, and conduct tree planting activities.
Activities for protecting safety and health
We conduct daily safety training and education to raise safety awareness and maintain zero accidents. In addition, we regularly review our protective equipment to ensure that it is appropriately placed and used.
We have been implementing thorough countermeasures against COVID-19 from the early stage and have made efforts to control the number of infected patients.
We also actively participate in drug eradication campaigns led by the government and work to maintain the health and healthy living environments of employees.
We follow the laws concerning medical insurance and regular health checkups, and equal working conditions for both Thais and Burmese, with no discrimination based on ethnicity.
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|Category||FY 2017||FY 2018||FY 2019||FY 2020||FY 2021|
|Waste disposed (t)||22||24||32||28||28|
|Proportion sent to landfill (%)||54.5||50.0||43.8||50.0||75.0|
|Landfill waste (t)||12.0||12.0||14.0||14.0||21.0|
(oil equivalent: kl)
|Greenhouse gas emissions (1,000t-CO2)||5.5||6.1||6.3||5.5||5.3|
|Water usage (1,000m3)||104.3||49.1||30.1||31.0||29.9|
- FY: January to December
- Greenhouse gas emissions for the overseas site were calculated based on the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative.
- Since FY2017, the water usage calculation also includes rainwater figures. Water is reused through complete circulation, resulting in zero water discharge.
We have promoted energy conservation activities, and electricity and fuel consumption per unit of production is on a downward trend. In addition, electricity consumption in offices and company housing has also decreased significantly.
Biodiversity preservation activities
We are continuing with preservation activities such as surveying the lifeforms on the pondage on the company grounds and the adjacent Tappi River.
Further, we planted trees around the pondage and protected the banks, and started to provide a pleasant living environment for the birds and fish. As a result, we now see many wild birds every day.
Fair Operating Practices
We regularly visit existing raw materials suppliers in order to maintain and strengthen relationships while providing explanations on our CSR philosophy in order to deepen the level of understanding.
Promoting agroforestry farming
Agroforestry farming is a form of mixed cultivation. By growing various crops within rubber plantations through utilizing the spacing between the planted rubber trees, small-scale farmers (smallholders) can develop an additional stable income source by being able to harvest and sell produce, etc. By promoting the adoption of agroforestry farming practices, at YTRC we are working to stabilize the businesses and livelihoods of smallholders. We are also helping to maintain the region’s natural biodiversity and to protect its forests.
Furthermore, we are cooperating with university specialists who are researching agroforestry farming practices, and supplying saplings to an experimental plantation that is being run by YTRC.
Seedlings grown by YTRC from seeds are supplied throughout the year to local schools, institutions, and individuals of their choice. More than 10,000 seedlings are supplied every year, and the program has been well received.
CSR Farmers Survey
YTRC is conducting a farmer survey to understand the actual situation of natural rubber production, in order to achieve the goal of "Realization of Sustainable Natural Rubber Procurement", which is the goal of Yokohama Rubber.
YTRC is taking the lead in improving the traceability of raw materials and linking this to farmer support activities, which are being carried out in collaboration with the Yokohama Rubber headquarters.
Quality is managed in accordance with ISO 9001 standards, and we are moving forward with improvements based on measures that seek to investigate the root causes of quality information received from users.
Community Involvement and Development
Despite a series of cancellations due to COVID-19 measures, in past years we have participated in monthly meetings with local communities to exchange opinions on the environment and company initiatives and to deepen understanding of company activities. In addition, we also participate in meetings with nearby businesses and public institutions (schools, hospitals, and temples) to exchange information and participate in donation activities in order to cooperate with the development of the region.
In 2021, as in previous years, we participated in local tree planting activities and held a lecture on "Effective Fertilization" for natural rubber farmers in collaboration with an organization under the Thai Ministry of Agriculture. As part of our COVID-19 response, we distributed bags of emergency food to senior citizen facilities.
In the immediate aftermath of the floods, we provided water and rice to all 383 households affected by the flooding in two neighboring villages.