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Press release: Teijin Aramid reduces eco-footprint

18 July 2012

Sustainability report 2011: Sustainable Strength

Arnhem, the Netherlands, July 19th, 2012 – Teijin Aramid continues to collaborate with its partners to further reduce its eco-footprint with eco-efficiency analyses and their award-winning recycling program. The company’s ninth sustainability report shows increasing efforts to become the industry leader in sustainability. Teijin Aramid is also engaging in a collaboration project with Wageningen University & Research Centre to explore the possibilities for bio-based Twaron.

One of Teijin Aramid’s main sustainability goals for 2020 is to reduce its eco-footprint  with 14% – ‘from cradle to customer gate’. To make its eco-footprint processes transparent, eco-efficiency analyses are used. The results of these eco-efficiency analyses show the added economic and ecologic value of the products in the entire value chain. For example, it is now known that the use of Twaron can result in a twenty-fold reduction in CO2 emissions in the value chain when compared to the emissions emitted during the production of Twaron. By 2016, Teijin Aramid aims for a 8% reduction in the CO2 footprint of its processes and a 4% CO2-reduction of its raw materials.

Teijin Aramid’s recycling program is a large contributor to the reduction of its eco-footprint in the entire value chain. In June 2012, Teijin Aramid was the proud winner of the Dutch VNCI Responsible Care Award 2012 for its worldwide recycling program.  The company has proven that the production of a quality product with 50% less CO2 footprint is possible on a global scale. In the last years, the program enabled 50,000 ton CO2 reduction.

During the next years Teijin Aramid will continue to invest in recycling technology and sustainable partnerships throughout the value chain. Gert Frederiks, CEO & President of Teijin Aramid: “We expect our customers to start taking more and more sustainability factors in consideration in their buying decision. Therefore, we want to act on the forefront by paying considerable attention by making our products sustainable.”

Teijin Aramid continues its research project for the possibilities for bio-based Twaron. The research is in collaboration with the Wageningen University & Research Centre and will be conducted to investigate how oil-based monomers can be replaced with those from the flow of waste from animal feed and human food.

For Teijin Aramid’s online sustainability report ‘Sustainable Strength’, see:
http://2011.sustainabilityreportteijinaramid.com/

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 About Teijin Aramid

Teijin Aramid is a subsidiary of the Teijin Group and a world leader in aramids. Its products Twaron, Sulfron, Teijinconex and Technora are renowned for their strength, sustainability, safety, heat resistance and low weight, and are used in a variety of applications and markets, including automotive, ballistic protection, marine, civil engineering, protective clothing, fibre optic cables and oil & gas. The four high performance fibres are produced in the Netherlandsand Japan. For more information, visit www.teijinaramid.com.

Teijin Limited (TSE 3401), the holding company for the Teijin Group, is listed on the Tokyoand Osakastock exchanges. The group has some 150 companies and around 17,000 employees spread out over 20 countries worldwide. It posted consolidated sales of JPY 854.4 billion (USD 10.7 billion) and total assets of JPY 762.1 billion (USD 9.5billion) in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012. Please visit www.teijin.co.jp/english

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For additional information about Teijin Aramid and Teijin Aramid’s sustainable goals, or to speak to one of the experts, please contact:

Saskia Verhoeven, Manager Corporate Communication
Teijin Aramid BV
T: +31 88 26 89 068
E-mail: saskia.verhoeven@teijinaramid.com
www.teijinaramid.com

Saskia VerhoevenManager Corporate & Marketing Communication
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