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  • February 13, 2012

    Rengo Receives Special Award
    at Kansai Economic and Management Summit Awards

    The Kansai Economic and Management Summit is a conference held each year where business managers from the Kansai region gather together to discuss appropriate future directions for Japan, regional communities and corporate management. First held in 1963, this year marks the 50th time the summit has taken place. In recent years, the summit has been attended not only by Japanese business managers, but also by persons from a wide range of sectors including foreign companies, foreign government representatives in Japan, universities and municipal governments.

    The Kansai Economic and Management Summit Awards, named after this long-established summit, were created in 2005 to recognize companies, organizations and individuals within the Kansai region who have and are putting into practice superior technology or business models, or are contributing to the revitalization of local communities. This year marked the eighth time the awards have been presented, and Rengo Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Kita-ku, Osaka; President & CEO: Kiyoshi Otsubo) received the Special Award at the Kansai Economic and Management Summit Awards 2012, which were presented at the venue for the 50th Kansai Economic and Management Summit.

     

    50th Kansai Economic and Management Summit

    Theme

    "Challenges in Rethinking Japan—
    Developing the Economy and Society through Innovation and Human Links"

    Date

    February 9–10, 2012

    Location

    Kyoto International Conference Center

    Sponsors Kansai Association of Corporate Executives
    Kansai Economic Federation

     

    Reasons for Award Selection 

    After the Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent tsunami in March 2011, which caused devastating damage to Rengo’s Sendai Plant in Miyagi Prefecture, Rengo quickly resolved to rebuild the plant within the prefecture, bearing in mind the issues of job security for the plant’s employees and the reconstruction of the local economy.

    As corrugated plants have close ties with local economies, Rengo helped to provide peace of mind by preserving employment and promote the revitalization of the local economy by deciding to rebuild the plant immediately after the earthquake and making clear its intention to maintain local production within the area.

    Rengo is making its new plant as environmentally friendly as possible through the introduction of measures such as a photovoltaic power generating system and storage equipment. (It is anticipated that a commencement ceremony for Rengo's new Sendai plant, the Shin-Sendai Plant, will be held in March 2012, and that the plant will officially begin operations in April 2012.)

     

    Earthquake damage at the Sendai Plant

    Earthquake damage at the Sendai Plant


    Earthquake damage at the Sendai Plant

     


    Conceptual drawing of the completed Shin-Sendai Plant

    Conceptual drawing of the completed Shin-Sendai Plant


    Isshin no To (Tower of Unity),

    Isshin no To (Tower of Unity), a monument to be erected at the
    new plant as a symbol of the reconstruction (conceptual drawing)