The ULVAC Group will continue to contribute to local communities and the global community by effectively utilizing its technologies and human resources to help resolve various social issues.
In March 2019, Chigasaki Space Lesson, an event organized by the Chigasaki Education Committee (Kanagawa Prefecture) to foster dreams and aspirations about space among children, was held at ULVAC, Inc. Chigasaki Head Office/Plant. Since the previously held space lesson was so popular that a draw was held to select from among the many applicants, this time the capacity was increased, and a total of 116 primary and junior high school students and their parents participated. The lesson consisted of various vacuum experiments and a plant tour, and the children's eyes sparkled at the sight of the strange phenomena demonstrated in the experiments. In addition to simply showing the experiments, the number of hand son experiments was increased this year, and the smiling faces of delighted children when they accomplished a task made a powerful impression. We will continue to create opportunities for children to enjoy studying science through exposure to vacuum and peripheral technologies.
More than 100 employees of nearby companies and local residents participated in a river cleanup activity organized by the Kanogawa Water System Water Quality Conservation Committee (Shizuoka Prefecture). Participants from ULVAC, Inc. spearheaded by new employees, engaged in cleanup activities near Goryu Falls.
Shizuoka Prefecture is undertaking plastic waste reduction through 6R activities, adding refuse, return, and recover to the 3Rs of reduce, reuse, and recycle. River cleanups are a form of recovery activity. ULVAC, Inc. will continue helping preserve nature in Shizuoka through river cleanup activities.
In July 2016, ULVAC MALAYSIA SDN. BHD. (UMY) participated in "Bon Odori" festivities held by the Japan Club of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and supported by the Selangor State Government, by acting as volunteer parking lot security staff. 18 UMY staff members supported the world's largest "Bon Odori" event, which had 36,000 participants, through such activities as guarding the parking lot and directing traffic around the venue, together with other member companies of "Sansui-kai", which is a subcommittee of the Japanese Chamber of Trade and Industry, Malaysia. We are contributing to the "Bon Odori" festival, which links the cultures of Malaysia and Japan, while deepening our exchanges with the local community.
Ulvac Korea Precision, Ltd., provided volunteer staff to farmers who were short on labor in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province. These volunteers provided support for rice farming in the areas surrounding the company, from preparing seedling trays to laying sheets in the fields.
ULVAC has donated a liquid nitrogen generator capable of generating liquid nitrogen from the surrounding air to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China. The director of the facility expressed his gratitude, indicating the intention to use the liquid nitrogen generator for preserving panda sperm, eggs, stems cells, and other materials as well as for protecting and breeding rare animals other than pandas.
The liquid nitrogen generator is an essential apparatus for the facility, where demand for liquid nitrogen is expected to further increase in the future. ULVAC will continue to utilize vacuum and cryogenic technologies for the purpose of contributing to causes including the protection of rare animals around the world.
The Tainan Plant (Taiwan) holds a fire drill once every six months, receiving tremendous cooperation from the Tainan City Government Fire Bureau. To show its appreciation, in May 2019 the Tainan Plant donated firefighting equipment to the Fire Bureau Nanke Station, which covers the Southern Taiwan Science Park, where the plant is located. The Tainan Plant will continue to deepen ties and cooperation with the local community and engage in activities contributing to disaster prevention and safety.