KYOCERA Earns Clean Industry's Performance Level II Certification from Mexico's Environmental Protection Agency
KYOCERA is One of Only Three Baja California Companies to Achieve Level II PROFEPA Honor
TIJUANA, MEXICO – September 29, 2015 – Kyocera Mexicana, S.A. de C.V. today announced that it has achieved Industria Limpia (Clean Industry) Performance Level II Certification from Mexico’s Federal Environmental Protection Agency, PROFEPA (Procuradurίa Federal de Protecciόn al Ambiente), for its manufacturing facilities in Baja California. PROFEPA verifies compliance with environmental laws through voluntary inspection and comprehensive audits of a company’s internal environmental controls.
The Industria Limpia certification is issued at two-year intervals. Kyocera’s September 2015 honor marks the fourth consecutive period for which Kyocera has achieved certification, and the first time it has achieved Industria Limpia Performance Level II. Kyocera Mexicana, S.A. de C.V. is also registered to the international ISO14001 standard for environmental systems management.
“Kyocera continually strives to improve its environmental performance, because reducing waste, conserving resources and promoting energy efficiency are key elements of our global philosophy,” said David Hester, president of Kyocera Mexicana. “We will continue to provide high value-added products and services in an environmentally friendly manner, and are proud to be one of only three companies in Baja California to achieve Industria Limpia Performance Level II certification.”
Kyocera regards environmental regulations as a minimum standard, and strives to uphold stricter controls in its waste management systems, water usage and recycling practices.
Achieving PROFEPA’s Industria Limpia Performance Level II certification means that in addition to full compliance with all governmental environmental standards, Kyocera continuously monitors the environmental impact of its operations in areas such as wastewater discharge; total water consumption; groundwater and soil quality; solid and liquid wastes; energy consumption; emergency preparedness; and atmospheric emissions.
Kyocera Mexicana currently recycles 88% of its total standard waste materials, and is now targeting 95%. Its campus in Tijuana includes a 100-kilowatt rooftop solar array that offsets 125 tons of carbon dioxide annually. Kyocera Mexicana’s facilities recycle water from internal manufacturing processes; utilize water-absorbing polymers that retain moisture to reduce landscape water usage by 40%; and have served as the headquarters for Baja California’s Environmental Leadership Program for Competitiveness in both August 2012 and October 2013. In addition, the company promotes environmental awareness among employees through education and environmental activities.
“Consumers who use Kyocera products can do so knowing that they are purchasing high-quality, reliable goods manufactured with a high level of environmental consciousness,” Hester stated.
Kyocera Mexicana, S.A. de C.V., based in Tijuana, provides assembly and manufacturing services for Kyocera Group companies specializing in solar modules, ceramic semiconductor packaging, industrial cutting tools and other high-technology products. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kyocera International, Inc. of San Diego, the North American headquarters and holding company for Kyoto, Japan-based Kyocera Corporation.
Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine ceramics (also known as “advanced ceramics”). By combining these engineered materials with metals and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of solar power generating systems, mobile phones, printers, copiers, electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2015, the company’s net sales totaled 1.53 trillion yen (approx. $12.7 billion). Kyocera appears on the latest listing of the “Top 100 Global Innovators” by Thomson Reuters, and is ranked #552 on Forbes magazine’s 2015 “Global 2000” listing of the world’s largest publicly traded companies.
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