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Yokohama Tire Manufacturing (Thailand) Co. Ltd. (TRYT)  has achieved "complete zero emissions," according to its parent company, Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. The passenger, truck and bus tire plant produces "no waste subject to direct landfill disposal."

In December 2009, the Thailand facility had reduced its waste subject to landfill disposal to less than 1%. It continued its research into new methods for disposing of electric parts, batteries, etc., which, although representing only a small volume, had been subject to direct landfill disposal.

The next step for the plant: achieving "100% waste recycling."

Under a basic policy of asserting world-class strengths in technologies for protecting the environment, as stated in its "Medium-Range Management Plan: Grand Design 100 (GD100)," the Yokohama Rubber Group has endorsed the concept of  "top-level environmental friendliness in production." A priority issue in that declaration is the reduction of waste emissions at domestic and overseas production sites.

In Japan, all eight of Yokohama's production sites have maintained "complete zero emissions" since March 2006, and also have achieved 100% recycling of industrial waste.

All 15 overseas production sites aim at achieving "complete zero emissions" by the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012. Along with TRYT, Yokohama Tire Philippines Inc., Hangzhou Yokohama Tire Co. Ltd., Yokohama HAMATITE (Hangzhou) Co. Ltd. and Yokohama Hoses & Coupling (Hangzhou) Co. Ltd., in China, have met that goal.

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