MEC’s Forest Building

As a manufacturer of chemicals for electronic substrates and other devices, we use large quantities of water in our business activities. In the belief that we could make a contribution to the local community and environment by building forests to form headwater areas that would also help to prevent global warming, we are growing forests in the cities of Nagaoka in Niigata Prefecture, where our Nagaoka Factory is located, and Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, where we are headquartered.

Nagaoka MEC Forest

- In Ozumi Mishimadani-machi, Nagaoka City -

With a view to contributing to protection of water sources and absorption of carbon dioxide through growing forests, MEC started creating a forest on abandoned idle farmland obtained on lease in the Mishimadani district of Nagaoka City, which is close to its Nagaoka Office.

Placing emphasis not only on our employees’ contact with nature but also on exchanges with local residents, who usually have little contact with MEC, a tree-planting event was held in November 2008 inviting MEC employees and their family members, local residents, and other relevant people in the prefectural or municipal government. In addition, we also plant cherry blossom trees along the roads so that local residents and drivers passing by can enjoy them. Under the instruction of the members of local forestry cooperatives and the forestry promotion department, 1,300 broad-leaved trees, including zelkova (keyaki), Amur cork, pagoda tree, beech, Mongolian oak, and konara oak, are being nurtured.


The 14th maintenance activity

We will continue maintenance operations to nurture a rich forest, while valuing the contact between our employees and local residents.

*On June 3 (Sat.), 2017, we engaged in activities to maintain forests. It often rained and the temperature was low that day, but a group numbering 32 in all nevertheless performed maintenance activities (such as mowing undergrowth) with the cooperation of the prefectural government and the local forestry cooperative. The operations made sure that even low trees would get enough sunlight, and raised our expectations for future growth.

Outline of MEC Forest

Forest development site
In Ozumi Mishimadani-machi, Nagaoka City
Area
0.6 hectare
Development operations
Planting keyaki and other broad-leaved trees (2008)
Planting trees and mowing undergrowth (2009 and subsequent years)

Nagaoka MEC Forest activities

Date Activity Description Participants (persons)
Nov. 15, 2008 1st planting activity Planted 500 broad-leaved trees, 7 commemorative cherry blossom trees 60
June 20, 2009 1st maintenance activity Mowed undergrowth, cleaned the surrounding area 33
Oct. 17, 2009 2nd planting activity Planted 60 broad-leaved trees, 350 cedar trees 45
June 12, 2010 2nd maintenance activity Mowed undergrowth 16
Oct. 16, 2010 3rd planting activity Planted 30 broad-leaved trees, 350 cedar trees 38
June 12, 2011 3rd maintenance activity Mowed undergrowth 27
Oct. 15, 2011 4th maintenance activity Mowed undergrowth 21
June 16, 2012 5th maintenance activity Mowed undergrowth 12
Oct. 20, 2012 6th maintenance activity Mowed undergrowth 16
June 15, 2013 7th maintenance activity Mowed undergrowth 17
Oct. 19, 2013 8th maintenance activity Mowed undergrowth 17
May 17, 2014 9th maintenance activity Mowed undergrowth 25
Oct. 18, 2014 10th maintenance activity Mowed undergrowth 20
May 30, 2015 11th maintenance activity Mowed undergrowth 24
Oct. 3, 2015 12th maintenance activity Mowed undergrowth 25
May 3, 2016 13th maintenance activity Mowed undergrowth 31
Oct. 15, 2016 14th maintenance activity Mowed undergrowth 30
June 3, 2017 15th maintenance activity Mowed undergrowth 32

Amagasaki MEC Forest

- Amagasaki City, Hyogo Prefecture -

MEC's forest-building activities in Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture were followed by the start of similar activities in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, which is the site of our headquarters, in support of the Amagasaki 21st Century Forest Project promoted by the Hyogo Prefectural Government.

At the start of these activities, we made various preparations for tree-planting, including the recruitment of "sapling foster parents" who would grow saplings in their homes in 2010 and the growth of saplings on the roof of our laboratory in 2011.

We launched the forest-building activities in 2013, and have thus far planted broadleaf trees such as wild cherry and konara oak trees on a plot measuring 600 square meters. We are looking forward to the growth of the trees as we continue these activities.

Outline of Amagasaki MEC Forest

Forest development site
Ogimachi 33-4, Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture
Area
600 square meters
Development operations
Planting wild cherry, konara oak, and other broadleaf trees, and thinning, mowing undergrowth, etc.

Amagasaki MEC Forest activities

Date Activity Description Participants (persons)
Mar. 9, 2013 1st planting activity Planted 300 konara oak, wild cherry, and other trees in a 200-m2 area 31
Aug. 4, 2013 1st maintenance activity Thinned the trees planted 5
Mar. 15, 2014 2nd planting activity Planted 200 konara oak and other trees in a 200-m2 area 29
June 12, 2014 2nd maintenance activity

Mowed undergrowth and weeded the area

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Mar. 14, 2015 3rd planting activity Planted 200 oriental elm, "kunugi" (Quercus acutissima), and other trees in a 100-m2 area 20
July 11, 2015 3rd maintenance activity Mowed undergrowth 11
Mar. 15, 2016 4th planting activity Planted 150 oriental elm, "kunugi," and other trees in a 100-m2 area 26
June 25, 2016 4th maintenance activity Mowed undergrowth 17
July 1, 2017 5th maintenance activity Thinned trees planted, trimmed branches, and mowed undergrowth 20

The 5th maintenance activity

Amagasaki 21st Century Forest Project

The Amagasaki waterfront area once led Japan’s industry and economy, mainly in the heavy and chemical industries, while it lost a substantial part of its precious nature in the course of modernization, facing pollution and various other environmental challenges. The area has lost its vitality due to changes in the industrial structure in recent years, which generated unused factory sites and other problems, and thus measures to revitalize the area are urgently needed.
In view of this situation, hoping to revitalize the Amagasaki waterfront area and transform it into an attractive and lively community, the Hyogo Prefecture formulated the Amagasaki 21st Century Forest Project in March 2002, aimed at creating an eco-friendly community through developing a natural environment full of water and greenery, which would make people’s lives rich and comfortable.
After the launch of this project, many supporting enterprises have promoted the forest-creation (community-building) initiative, resulting in a decrease in the number of idle factory sites. Efforts are being continued to further improve the area, making effective use of its precious, unique assets, such as canals and factory buildings, through the participation and collaboration of the prefectural residents and businesses. (Excerpt from the Hyogo Prefectural Government website)