SATO Increases Production Capability for ECONANO® - The World’s First CO² Reducing Label


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Tokyo, Japan, 15th February 2013 - SATO, a leader in barcode printing, labelling and EPC/RFID solutions announced today plans to increase production of its unique ECONANO® labels - the world's first label series to reduce CO² emmissions released at the point of incineration. ACTiiEVe Corporation, responsible for the manufacturing of base material used in ECONANO®, has 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 utilised in the production of ECONANO® on February 10th 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% 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% 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%. SATO Group began sale of ECONANO® in Japan in November 2011 and has seen sales to businesses including major electronic appliance retailers and superkmarkets since that time.



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