The Engineering Division, which includes the Tsurumi Works, Tsu Works and Shimizu Works, acquired ISO14001 certification for its entire engineering operations. NKK is the first Japanese steel company to receive certification for comprehensive operations, covering manufacturing, engineering and construction.
NKK is highly evaluated for its plastics recycling system that uses waste plastics as blast furnace feed. In fiscal 2000, NKK became the first company in the steel industry to receive a minister's award presented by the Environment Agency.
NKK will publish its second environmental report in August 2000 as part of its commitment to promoting a recycling-oriented society that works in cooperation with the local community.