Efforts in China

Officers and employees at Tamron Optical (Foshan) worked hard to create a structure to comply with the Law "Management Methods for Controlling Pollution by Electronic Information Products" ,a new law enforced to regulate use of harmful substances in electronic devices.Tamron Optical (Foshan) will also continue to promote environmental conservation in order to create a management structure at the same level as in Japan.

   
Response to New Environmental Regulations in China
The Law called "Management Methods for Controlling Pollution by Electronic Information Products"was enforced in March 2007 to regulate the use of harmful substances in electronic devices. The law governs electronic devices, facilities, and even metallic molds for manufacturing such devices

The initial phase of the law enforced in March requires listing harmful substances contained in products and their components as well as recycling of packaging materials. The implementation schedule for the 2nd phase has not yet been stated, but the 2nd phase regulations will prohibit the use of specific harmful substances in products that are listed in priority management lists. We at Tamron continued to work on information collection and countermeasures in cooperation with Tamron Optical (Foshan), and starting from March 2007 put markings on products as required by the law.
Products stating they are free of harmful stances
Products stating they are free of
harmful stances

Document describing state of use of specific harmful substances in components
Document describing state of use of
specific harmful substances in components
   
Reduction of Chemical Drug Consumption and Recycling of Chemical Drugs
Tamron Optical (Foshan) continued to work on reducing chemical drugs and recycling under its environmental objectives and targets. In lens polishing processes, the amount of methanol use was specifically set for each lens material to ensure only the minimum necessary methanol consumption. As a result, methanol consumption at the factory was reduced by 41.9% compared to 2005. The factory also introduced facilities for collecting DC-8 (waste solvent) and recycling usable solvent, resulting in the factory collecting a total amount of 14,000 liters of waste solvent with cost reduction worth 45,000 US dollars.
Facilities for collecting waste solvent
Facilities for collecting waste solvent
   
Recognition as Foshan City's Model Company of Environmental Protection
Foshan City regularly gives honorable recognition to companies that demonstrate good management levels for business and the environment such as contaminated waste reduction, scenery improvement both on and off the premises of factories and offices, and rational resource use. Tamron Optical Foshan (TOF) worked to enlarge green zones on and off of its premises by planting a number of trees and controlling emissions of harmful substances through effective resource use. TOF was recognized as Foshan City's Model Company of Environmental Protection in 2006.
Green zone on TOF's premises
Green zone on TOF's premises
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