In November, I visited Fuji Xerox Korea’s Development Manufacturing Center located in Gajwa-dong (Incheon).
The reason I visited was to cover “Sangrokwon” (The word means ‘place with evergreens’), the name for the Development Manufacturing Center’s new recycling activity. I noticed that besides the new project, the center was already practicing eco-friendly work processes in a variety of its day-to-day tasks. Today, in the Saekomdalkom post, I will cover some of the eco-friendly projects in detail.
Sangrokwon- Achieving 100% Recycling
The impressive entrance to “Place with Evergreens”
Fuji Xerox family at Sangrokwon seems really focused,
which is always great for some spontaneous photo shootsJ
Sangrokwon’s system is composed of three concepts, with the main concept being a “closed-loop system”, where used products are thoroughly and effectively used as resources, and is supported by the concept of “inverse manufacturing” that aims to create products that have little environmental impacts, under the premise that parts are to be reused, and the concept of “zero emissions, “where parts that cannot be reused are separated and recycled, and are comprehensively used as new materials again.
Inverse manufacturing is composed of the following 4 steps: life cycle planning, reuse/recycling design, environmental impact assessment, and closed-loop system. The closed-loop system, which serves as the foundation for the integrated recycling system, is based on the fundamental concept of recycling parts in a closed loop and places utmost priority on the reuse parts.
Glass, rubber, plastic, and metals are separated and sorted.
Green-management is a hot topic these days, but Fuji Xerox has been leading the way since it incorporated the Integrated Recycling System in 1995, and at the same manufacturing green products. Sangrokwon is a continuation of Fuji Xerox’s effort and management philosophy.
Eco-friendly office space
What I noticed first was a row of long electrical lines hanging from the ceiling at each desk. Workers could turn on and off individual lamps, when starting and leaving work. From their office space, you can see that everyone at Sangrokwon puts energy saving into action.
Sangrokwon’s unique posters have messages on energy saving.
In the main floor lobby, a used battery collection bin was available for workers to discard used batteries from home. It was smart to put it where a lot of people can see it.
And there was a recycling bin for everyone in the office area of the Center. Whoever has stuff no longer needed can deposit it here for someone else who may be able to use for it. This was another sign of collective effort to step closer to energy saving and preservation of the environment. Kudos!
Left: Green everywhere. Fuji Xerox Korea leads in championing
environmental preservation with live plants and used battery bins.
Right: Practically-designed recycling bins and used battery collector.
We all talk the talk about environmental issues, but it is rare to see people who walk the walk -braving inconveniencies to practice the principles. I learned a great deal and was motivated by my visit. I am very proud that Fuji Xerox, especially the Development Manufacturing Center, is practicing an eco-friendly philosophy! Kudos to everyone in Sangrokwon!
Special thanks go to Mr. Sang-choon Park of the Facility Management Team,
and Mr. Jong-taek Lee, head of the team, for letting us cover the Sangrokwon story!