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Relations with Local Communities

As a provider of industrial gases, we recognize that we have a mission to communicate the technologies and potential of industrial gases, as well as to work actively with local communities.

Shanghai Taiyo Nippon Sanso Gas Wins Commendations for Work Safety

Shanghai Taiyo Nippon Sanso Gas Co., Ltd., headquartered in Shanghai’s Xinzhuang Industrial Zone, recently received two commendations from the zone’s Shanghai Municipal Administration of Work Safety. The first commendation, in 2018, recognized top performers in terms of occupational safety, and was given to 21 of the 588 companies in the zone. The second, which was awarded to the company’s tanker truck drivers, was one of three recognizing contributions to safe transport in 2018. The company has received similar commendations in the past, but, with the tightening of safety regulations in China, these awards are evidence of the country’s positive assessment of the Taiyo Nippon Sanso Group’s occupational safety efforts. Looking ahead, we will continue to promote a variety of initiatives in line with our belief that selling gases is commensurate with selling safety.

Commendation for occupational safety and contributions to safe transport

Commendation for occupational safety and contributions to safe transport

Kyushu Cryogenics Receives 2018 Minister’s Award for High Pressure Gas Safety

In 2018, Kyushu Cryogenics Co., Ltd., which has maintained an accident- and disaster-free record since its establishment, was honored with a Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Minister’s Award for High-Pressure Gas Safety,* earning recognition for excellent production facilities (i.e, facilities where outstanding measures have been implemented to ensure the safety of structures, equipment and production processes). As of November 30, 2018, the company, which began operating on July 1, 1984, had recorded approximately 12,570 days in operation with no occupational accidents or disasters. Seeing this award as an opportunity to further enhance its spotless record, the company will continue to place a high priority on safety in the workplace, in line with its president’s policy of ensuring the safe production and sale of high-pressure gases.

* The METI Minister’s Award for High-Pressure Gas Safety commends high-pressure gas production facilities that have attained excellence through tireless efforts to prevent accidents and disasters as well as individuals who have recorded exceptional achievements over many years in the area of high-pressure gas process safety.

Awards ceremony at Tokyo’s ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel (October 26, 2018)

Awards ceremony at Tokyo’s ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel (October 26, 2018)

Matheson Tri-Gas Wins CGA Safety Awards

On April 24, 2018, the U.S. Compressed Gas Association (CGA) announced winners of its safety awards for 2018 at its annual meeting, which was held in Florida. In addition to earning its second consecutive Fleet Safety Excellence Award in the Bulk Vehicle Fleets category, Matheson Tri-Gas, Inc. won the Environmental Recognition Program Award for its efforts in 2017 to reduce argon gas losses. Matheson Tri-Gas subsidiary Western International Gas and Cylinders, Inc. won its second consecutive Fleet Safety Excellence Award in the Cylinder Vehicle Fleets category.

The CGA was created to establish safety standards and promote safe practices in the industrial gases and medical gases industries. The association presents awards annually to companies and individuals exhibiting industry leadership in the areas of safety and environmental performance. Matheson Tri-Gas places a high priority on companywide safety and environmental considerations. As evidenced by its CGA awards, the company continues to earn recognition across the industry for its efforts.

Fleet Safety Excellence Award (Bulk Vehicle Fleets category) winner: Matheson Tri-Gas
Fleet Safety Excellence Award (Bulk Vehicle Fleets category) winner: Matheson Tri-Gas
Fleet Safety Excellence Award (Cylinder Vehicle Fleets category) winner: Western International Gas and Cylinders
Fleet Safety Excellence Award (Cylinder Vehicle Fleets category) winner: Western International Gas and Cylinders

Welcoming Visits by High School Students

In response to a request from the nonprofit organization School Support Center, we actively encourage visits to our facilities by junior and senior high school students. In June 2018, we invited seven year-two students from Okayama Prefectural Saidaiji Senior High School to visit our corporate headquarters in Tokyo to learn about our operations and technologies. In addition to asking business-related questions, the students queried employees about a variety of other topics, including job satisfaction and career choice. Going forward, we will continue to assist in career education by providing opportunities for students to learn about the industrial gases field.

Using items from everyday life to explain what Taiyo Nippon Sanso does

Using items from everyday life to explain what Taiyo Nippon Sanso does

Thermos Collaborates with Volunteer Environmental Initiative and Participates in Team ECO Work! 224 Event

In September 2018, 48 Thermos employees and family members took part in Team ECO Work! 224 Thermos Zero Waste Action at Teradomari Central Beach Resort, a post-season beach cleanup initiative sponsored by the UX Niigata Television Network 21, Inc., on the prefecture’s Teradomari coast. Thermos collaborates actively with the UX Niigata Television Network 21’s Team ECO: Nature Support Declaration project and has now participated in this particular volunteer initiative three times.

The Team ECO: Nature Support Declaration project is a volunteer initiative led by local residents and companies in Niigata Prefecture. In addition to beautifying the environment, the initiative aims to deepen people’s love of nature and thus is a good fit with Thermos’ own environmental activities. The event also provides a valuable opportunity for Thermos to communicate with local residents.

Team ECO Work! 224 participants

Team ECO Work! 224 participants

Lab Lessons Using Liquid Nitrogen

Our Taiyo Nippon Sanso Kids’ Science Class lab lessons seek to encourage children to take an interest in science by giving them the chance to participate in hands-on experiments using liquid nitrogen. These lab lessons enable children to actually experience the use of liquid nitrogen by, for example, freezing roses, and continue to earn high marks not only from participating children but also from their teachers and parents, as well as from local residents. In 2018, we conducted a lab lesson featuring an explanation and demonstration of industrial gases followed by a variety of experiments, including testing roller coaster superconductivity and freezing inflated balloons for 16 fifth-year students as part of nearby Shinagawa Municipal Ushiroji Elementary School’s open house, in which we participate every year. Looking ahead, we will continue looking to expand opportunities to offer lab lessons to broaden understanding of the Taiyo Nippon Sanso Group.

Experiment in freezing roses
Experiment in freezing roses
Experiment using the mechanism that results in clouds to generate white smoke
Experiment using the mechanism that results in clouds to generate white smoke

Sergio Soccer Clinic 2018

Established as an event to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the founding of Taiyo Nippon Sanso’s predecessor Nippon Sanso Corporation, the Sergio Soccer Clinic was first held in 1990 with the cooperation of the Chiba-shi Football Association. The objectives of the first clinic—which took place at our Chiba multipurpose athletics field, newly refurbished for the anniversary—were to create an event that would be enjoyed by the local community and to contribute through sports to better health for children. Since 2005, we have also sponsored a clinic in Osaka in collaboration with the Osaka Football Association.

These clinics, which are attended by elementary-school-age teams affiliated with local football associations, include coaching by Brazilian-born Sergio Echigo, a well-known soccer commentator and former professional player, as well as a number of other players from the amateur and professional football worlds in Japan. Features include friendly matches against a team made up of clinic instructors, as well as a round-robin tournament for participating teams. In the two-plus decades since it started, the Sergio Soccer Clinic has welcomed more than 19,000 children. It is our hope that the clinic will continue to contribute to the development of talented young players.

Sergio Soccer Clinic 2018
Sergio Soccer Clinic 2018

A total of 455 children from 48 teams affiliated with the Chiba-shi Football Association took part in the Sergio Soccer Clinic in Chiba, which featured five coaches, including Sergio Echigo.

Sergio Soccer Clinic 2018
Sergio Soccer Clinic 2018

Sergio Echigo and six other coaches welcomed 316 children from 36 teams affiliated with the Osaka Football Association to the 2018 Sergio Soccer Clinic in Osaka.