Kyocera Wireless Corp. Honored for Environmental Responsibility
Company earns 2001 Director's Recycling Award for reducing refuse by more than 2 million poundsSAN DIEGO - July 23, 2001 - Kyocera Wireless Corp., one of North America's largest manufacturers of wireless phones, has been honored with the 2001 Director's Recycling Award by the City of San Diego Environmental Services Task Force. The company earned the award for annually recycling and redirecting more than 60 percent - or 2 million pounds - of its total waste material.
San Diego Mayor Dick Murphy presented the award to Kyocera Wireless Corp. for its efforts in redirecting paper, metal, wood and plastic that would otherwise end up in area landfills. In one of its many recycling programs, Kyocera Wireless reclaimed more than 3 million batteries from wireless phones in 2000. The company's goal in 2002 is to increase recycling to 65 percent of total waste.
"From our offices to our manufacturing facilities to our thousands of local employees, Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a San Diego company," said Masahiro Inoue, president and CEO of Kyocera Wireless Corp. "This award is a validation of our efforts to keep San Diego beautiful and to make Kyocera Wireless Corp. a company its employees can be proud of."
Kyocera Wireless is ISO 14001 certified for its systematic management approach to environmental concerns. ISO 14001 is an international standard that establishes requirements for prevention of pollution, protection of natural resources, waste reduction, and compliance with environmental legislation and regulations. Specifically, Kyocera Wireless' Environmental Management System is designed to improve energy and water use, reduce chemical use and emissions, and recycle both hazardous and non-hazardous materials. An employee task force regularly evaluates the environmental impact of the company's operations.
About Kyocera Wireless Corp.
Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera International Inc. (KII), the North American headquarters and holding company of Kyocera Corporation. KII established Kyocera Wireless Corp. after acquiring QUALCOMM Incorporated's CDMA consumer wireless phone business in February 2000. Kyocera Wireless Corp. incorporates QUALCOMM's CDMA technology in the development and manufacture of wireless phones and accessories for customers worldwide. For more information on Kyocera Wireless Corp., please visit our Web site at http://www.kyocera-wireless.com.
Kyocera Corporation, the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of advanced ceramics. By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages, electronic components, cameras, laser printers, copiers, solar energy systems and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2000, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled 812 billion yen (US$7.9 billion) with net income of 50 billion yen (US$489 million). Kyocera Corporation has been recognized by IndustryWeek magazine as one of "The World's 100 Best-Managed Companies.
Kyocera is a registered trademark of Kyocera Corporation.
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