Six Panasonic ‘eco ideas’ factories have been set up in the Asia Pacific region so far. On 12th December'12, Panasonic India, announced the expansion of its presence in India with the opening of its first model ‘eco ideas’ factory in India. This factory promises not just state-of-the-art manufacturing of high-tech products, but also brings much-needed employment, economic growth, and social benefits to the region. In addition to creating hundreds of jobs, vocational trainings will be offered to improve the technical skills of the people working in and around the Jhajjar facility, helping them increase their employment opportunities.
The new Panasonic India Group facility, located at Dadri Toi in Jhajjar Haryana, will implement a wide range of eco initiatives, including development of technologies to support a zero-carbon lifestyle and the adoption of sustainable business practices across the entire company.Panasonic Technopark is designed with various green features, which include a 28.29 KWp solar modules installation at the rooftop of the office, entrance canopy and car park to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and a 100% water recycling system for a sustainable water provision. As part of the factory’s sustainable manufacturing, the company will implement initiatives that focus on three key areas, which include CO2 emissions reduction, waste management and recycling, and chemical substance usage.
At the factory inauguration, Panasonic India announced its commitment of making “environment” central to all business activities in line with the regional ‘eco ideas’. These actions have been divided as 1) ‘eco ideas’ for Lifestyle - achieving green lifestyles to enrich Indian people’s lives through activities promoting energy saving eco products, developing new comprehensive energy and environment solutions business and expanding Eco Learning Programme; 2) ‘eco ideas’ for Business-style - reducing environmental impact through Green manufacturing and CO2 emissions reduction.
Mr. Daizo Ito, President, Panasonic India commented, “Panasonic has been known for making everyday life simpler, more convenient and more energy efficient. Today’s opening of this factory will fuel our first priority goal in India of doubling Panasonic’s revenue in fiscal 2012-2013. We plan to achieve this by focusing on three core strategies: pursuing our company vision of becoming the No. 1 Green Innovation Company in the Electronics Industry by 2018; integrating Indian expertise into our product design and manufacturing processes; and increasing focus on rural development to ensure that Panasonic India performs as a responsible corporate entity contributing to the equitable growth of the entire Indian society.”
Panasonic ‘eco ideas’ brand ambassador Dia Mirza said, “Environmental deterioration is prevalent not only in India, but also in many other parts of the world. The choice is ours to reduce the impact of this alarming trend and ensure environmental sustainability. Eco ideas and eco activities have been a core focus in Panasonic. I am sure that through this ‘eco ideas’ Factory and eco learning activities being conducted, Panasonic will successfully be able to play an effective role in changing mindsets and driving individuals to assume greater environmental responsibility in their communities.”
In addition to Panasonic India’s Technopark,Panasonic Asia Pacific has established Panasonic Vietnam Group at Thang Long Industrial Park in Vietnam; Refrigeration Devices Company in Singapore; Home Appliances Company in Thailand; AVC (Audio Visual Components) Networks Company in Malaysia and Lighting Company in Indonesia. Panasonic will further promote environmental sustainability initiatives and its commitment to contribute to a greener society.