Material CSR Issue

Innovation for the future

Why is it important?

We believe that our most important social responsibilities are to provide new products and services that meet society’s needs, help solve issues facing the world in order to pave the way to a sustainable society, and create economic value. In the market, where technological advancements are rapidly heating up the competition, first movers get the lion’s share. Working against this backdrop, we will think outside the box and push the envelope in our aluminium-based business as we move ahead at full speed to build a brighter future and create value.

Contribution to SDGs

SDG targets
the Toyal Group can contribute to
3 GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
3.4 By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being
7 AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY13 CLIMATE ACTION
7.2 By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix
11 SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
11.6 By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management
12 RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
12.5 By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse
The Toyal Group’s approach
3 GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
We will work with medical institutions, pharmaceutical companies, etc. to identify the real needs of healthcare professionals and leverage our unique technologies to make product innovation happen. We will help make quality health services available.
7 AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY13 CLIMATE ACTION
We contribute to this target through the provision of materials for solar cells, electric car batteries, etc. We will explore possible ways to contribute to this target via our technologies as well as by expanding the scope of sales for these products.
11 SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
We will create innovations with technologies designed to prevent the degradation of materials, enhance strength, and prolong the life of structures.
12 RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
A recycling technology for thin aluminium foil has still not been established despite advancements in aluminium recycling. As a manufacturer of aluminium foil, we’re dedicated to the effective use of limited resources. Realizing a recycling system for disposable aluminium containers, for instance, is a major challenge, and we are looking to make innovation happen in this area.

OUR PERFORMANCE

Promoting Widespread Use of
Electric Cars

Widespread use of electric cars whose sales are growing worldwide is one example of an environmental solution. Toyo Aluminium supplies aluminium foil and other products to automobile parts manufacturers (primarily in China) for cladding, positive electrodes, and condensers used in electric car batteries. Our high quality aluminium foils offer excellent formability and can be processed into various shapes.
We will expand the scope of sales to cover the entire globe with an eye to playing a major part in reducing CO2 emissions through the widespread use of electric cars.

Reducing Hazardous VOCs via
Widespread Use of Water-based paints

Equipped with a proprietary surface treatment technology that enables use of aluminium pigments in water-based paints, Toyo Aluminium works to promote the applicable pigment to the widespread use of water-based paints. It would help to reduce VOCs.* While there are many new color pigments that are not applicable to water-based paints, our surface treatment technology can improve them to apply to water-based paint. In fiscal 2017, VIAVI Solutions Inc., a US-based special pigment manufacturer, used our surface treatment technology to successfully enhance the durability of its high chroma blue pigment and commercialize it.

*VOCs refers to volatile organic compounds, which are often found in paints and inks. Since they contribute to the formation of smog, regulations are imposed in countries around the world. A shift to water-based paints for automotive and other applications is needed in order to reduce VOCs.

VIAVI Solutions’ new pigment (left) and
conventional pigment (right)

Waterproof-breathable Sheets
Designed to Extend the Life of Houses

Waterproof-breathable sheets are commonly used inside the exterior walls of houses as thermal insulation and waterproofing. Conventional waterproof-breathable sheets, often employing vapor-deposited aluminium films which readily absorb heat and possess low moisture permeability, pose a problem. Employing the aluminium technologies we have built up over the years, Toyo Aluminium developed a waterproof-breathable sheet using porous aluminium foil.* The newly developed sheet features higher infrared reflectance, moisture permeability, and durability than conventional sheets. It makes living environments cool in the summer and warm in the winter while extending the life of houses.

*A porous aluminium foil is a type of aluminium foil with numerous fine through-holes.

CSR Employee Message

Masakazu Uematsu
Advanced Technology Division
Masakazu Uematsu
  • 9 INDUSTRY,INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
  • 12 RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
I will try to enhance collaboration among the Intellectual Property Department (where I work), business units, and R&D departments to increase the value of existing businesses and cultivate new business opportunities with an eye to innovation for the future. More specifically, I will create and maximize value by utilizing intellectual properties while making an ongoing effort to develop our R&D capability in order to help create a brighter future.
Yuichi Asano
Powder & Paste Headquarters
Yuichi Asano
  • 9 INDUSTRY,INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
  • 12 RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
  • 17 PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS
At the Powder & Paste Headquarters, we will leverage our high performance products, such as our colored aluminium paste with excellent silicate treatment that can be used for water-based coatings as well as aluminium nitride with high thermal conductivity, to reduce VOCs and solve energy problems. As a member of the Business Strategy Office, I will propose forming partnerships that will aid in achieving the SDGs, establishing a new technological foundation, and more.
Yutaka Ochi
Photovoltaic Headquarters
Yutaka Ochi
  • 7 AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY
  • 13 CLIMATE ACTION
The Photovoltaic Headquarters develops, manufactures, and sells solar power-related parts and materials. It’s a business unit that is directly related to energy and the environment. I’m driven by the fact that what we do in our business unit is helping to build a brighter future and will continue to move forward with the aim of putting renewable energy in more people’s lives.