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SDK Group Recycles 6.77 Million Aluminum Cans in FY2009

Showa Denko K.K.
June 15, 2010

Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) and its Group companies continued to perform their aluminum can recycling activities in fiscal 2009 (April 2009 – March 2010) as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative, collecting approximately 6,770,000 cans: equivalent to around 110 tons of aluminum when converted at the rate of 16.2 grams of aluminum per can.

The aluminum can recycling activities by the Showa Denko Group started in 2001 when SDK merged with Showa Aluminum Corporation, which had launched the activities in 1990. As of the end of last year, 7,756 employees, or 93.7% of all Group employees in Japan, participated in the activities.

SDK is continuing to promote the activities at its worksites and Group member companies, aiming to achieve the participation by all Group employees. Using the money resulting from the recycling, SDK made donations to regional social welfare organizations, charities, and volunteer groups that aid people with special needs. This year, the Hikone Plant of SDK received the Fourth Responsible Care Award* for its contribution toward increasing environmental awareness through its aluminum can recycling activities.

SDK purchases aluminum cans not only from its employees, but also from neighboring firms, welfare organizations, schools, and local communities, and use them as feedstock for the production of recycled aluminum cans. SDK introduces its aluminum can recycling activities at events of local communities and various exhibitions. The company also offers elementary and junior high school pupils the opportunity to visit its recycling facilities. Through these activities, SDK is contributing to the promotion of environmental protection.

The Showa Denko Group is working hard to enhance its corporate value and meet the expectations of all stakeholders, always managing operations based on the principles of CSR. The Group will continue developing environment-friendly products and technologies, including production of ammonia from used plastic; and development of thermoelectric conversion modules for use in power generation based on waste heat.

*Every year, the Japan Responsible Care Council (JRCC) commends individuals and groups, affiliated with the JRCC member companies, who contributed to the promotion of RC activities.

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