SATO announced plans to increase production of its ECONANO labels – a label series designed to reduce CO2 emissions released at the point of incineration. ACTiiEVe Corporation, responsible for the manufacturing of base materials used in ECONANO, established a new factory in Fukushima prefecture, Japan. This will enable SATO to significantly increase its ECONANO manufacturing capabilities as of February 2013.
The new factory began the manufacture of the special CO2 absorbent used in the production of ECONANO on February 10, 2013, with the full production system to produce ECONANO labels in place by the end of the month. This new production system will enable SATO to produce a much higher volume of ECONANO labels, with up to 10 percent of its total label production as ECONANO labels.
“SATO’s mission has always been to contribute to society through its main business,” said Etsuo Fujii, President of SATO Corporation. “Increasing our production capabilities for ECONANO in this way demonstrates that we are increasingly trying to make this contribution through environmentally-focused products and solutions. As demand for ECONANO labels increases, it is our sincere hope that we will one day produce 100 percent of our label products as ECONANO labels.”
ECONANO was developed by SATO Group in collaboration with Professor Masahiko Abe at the Department of Science and Engineering, Tokyo University of Science, and the University’s venture company, ACTiiEVe Corporation. ECONANO labels contain a special CO2 absorbent in their adhesive. When incinerated, this absorbent reduces the amount of CO2 emitted by approximately 20 percent. SATO Group began sale of ECONANO in Japan in November 2011 and has seen sales to businesses including major electronic appliance retailers and supermarkets since that time.