YKK Reduces Environmental Impacts of Metal Plating

YKK’s AcroPlating® technology totally eradicates damaging chemical compounds, harmful waste, and thermal energy utilization from the brass plating system.

Tokyo, Japan – A new Lifestyle Cycle Assessment1performed by the sustainability consulting organization Peterson Jobs B.V.2verified that YKK’s new AcroPlating® technological know-how totally eradicates harmful chemical substances, toxic waste, and thermal power utilization, and decreases GHG emissions, drinking water usage, electrical energy intake, chemical use, and sludge technology from the brass plating course of action.3This new technology will allow for YKK to generate shiny finishes on steel fasteners, these types of as zippers and snaps & buttons, without the environmental impacts of regular electroplating.

Traditional electroplating requires the use of substantial amounts of water and electricity, as very well as limited amounts of particular damaging substances. YKK has been working for quite a few decades to decrease or eliminate unsafe substances from the production approach.4For example, in 2010 YKK designed an eco-helpful floor ending that makes use of the base color of elements and does not include an electrical plating course of action.

YKK’s new AcroPlating® technological know-how completely removes the use of dangerous substances this sort of as cyanide, chromium, and selenium from the plating method. Furthermore, AcroPlating® lowers greenhouse fuel emissions by 96%, water utilization by 66%, and electricity intake by 69% in the producing method.5

YKK designed the AcroPlating®6know-how in 2019, and in the exact yr commenced promoting zipper sliders and snaps & buttons produced with the technologies. Peterson Initiatives B.V. carried out an LCA of YKK’s snap & button production in 2020 and an LCA of YKK’s zipper generation in 2021. These assessments exhibit that AcroPlating® significantly minimizes the environmental affect of both YKK’s snaps & buttons and zippers.

“Under our mid-phrase administration eyesight of ‘Technology Oriented Worth Creation,’ YKK is working every and every single day on producing new technologies aimed at cutting down our environmental impression,” explained Hiroaki Otani, President of YKK Corporation. “In April 2021, we established our new Know-how Innovation Center to develop the upcoming generation of new technologies and materials. We will keep on to cultivate eco-friendly technological know-how, fortify product progress, and assist notice a sustainable society as validated by this most up-to-date third-celebration AcroPlating® Lifetime Cycle Evaluation.”

  • AcroPlating® environmental impression reduction information from the Peterson report

Zipper (slider): YKK Kurobe Manufacturing Centre Product

The said price savings are a most benefit based on comparisons involving the common procedures and AcroPlating®. Item assessed was 3Y GSBN8 NH3 (zipper mainly used in jeans and cotton trousers).

  • Poisonous waste: 100% eradicated
  • Thermal vitality use: 100% eradicated
  • Greenhouse fuel emissions: 96% reduction
  • Drinking water use: 66% reduction
  • Sludge generation: 92% reduction
  • Electrical power use: 69% reduction
  • Chemical consumption: 59% reduction

Snap & button: YKK Zipper (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. Product

The stated savings are a optimum benefit based on comparisons in between the common processes and AcroPlating®.

  • Poisonous waste: 100% eradicated
  • Thermal energy use: 100% removed
  • Greenhouse gas emissions: 88% reduction (NCOP)
  • Water use: 65% reduction (NCOP)
  • Sludge generation: 90% reduction (NBLK)
  • Electricity usage: 60% reduction (NCOP)
  • Chemical use: 67% reduction (NBLK)

Notice: Abbreviations in parentheses indicate the coating sort.

YKK regularly demonstrates its leadership in sustainability. It unveiled the YKK Environmental Charter in 1994, which proclaimed “harmony with the environment” as becoming the maximum precedence of its business routines. That exact year, YKK launched the NATULON® zipper, its initially zipper to be built with recycled substance. In March 2020, YKK signed the Fashion Industry Constitution for Local climate Motion, which sets the goal for the manner market of 30% mixture reduction in greenhouse gasoline (GHG) emissions by 2030 and reaching web-zero emissions by 2050. YKK verified that commitment in October 2020, with the release of its Sustainability Eyesight 2050, the company’s roadmap for addressing climate modify, materials methods, water means, chemical management and human legal rights, and aligned its attempts with ten UN SDGs. The story of the Sustainability Eyesight is explained to as a result of the company’s Sustainability Journal, which was printed in February 2021. In March 2021, YKK’s emissions reduction targets were authorised by the unbiased Science Dependent Targets initiative (SBTi) as dependable with ranges necessary to meet up with the ambitions of the Paris Agreement – restricting world warming to perfectly-below 2°C earlier mentioned pre-industrial degrees and pursuing endeavours to limit warming to 1.5°C.

On the product or service entrance, YKK has innovated with its GreenRise® zipper, which uses plant-centered polyester, attaining a 30% reduction in petroleum usage, and its NATULON® Ocean Sourced® zipper, which is built from ocean certain plastic squander. The company recently released a digital showroom where customers can discover much more about YKK sustainability initiatives and eco-friendly products.

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About YKK
Considering that the company’s founding in Tokyo in 1934, YKK has constantly established business specifications for high-quality, service, benefit, and innovation in the generation of zippers, plastic components, hook and loop fasteners, webbing tapes, and snap and buttons. With integrated manufacturing and provide systems in 72 countries and locations all over the world, YKK is positioned to satisfy the requirements of the several industries we provide as they significantly diversify and call for shorter products cycles. Guided by the CYCLE OF GOODNESS® philosophy – no 1 prospers with no rendering reward to other people – YKK aims to lead to a sustainable society by its items and production operations and constantly seeks new approaches to serve the modifying needs of its customers whilst at the similar time investing in its staff and giving again to its communities.

acroplating for brass slider flyer

Media get hold of:
Jessica Cork, YKK Company of America
(+1) 770-261-6123, jessicacork@ykk.com

1 A methodology for evaluating the environmental effects and possible impression of the full item and method lifestyle cycle (raw content extraction, production, use, and disposal). Reference specifications are ISO 14040 and 14044.

2 Advisory division of the Peterson Command Union Planet Team founded in 1920. https://www.petersoncontrolunion.com/en

3 Comparison of the environmental impact of AcroPlating® and common solutions for the coating process of zipper slider pieces.

4 At YKK, all destructive substances and wastewater employed or created during plating operations are processed and disposed of in accordance with relevant environmental and other laws and rules.

5 Comparison of AcroPlating® and standard methods for 3Y GSBN8 NH3 output at the YKK Kurobe Producing Center.

6 AcroPlating® is a registered trademark or trademark of YKK Company in Japan and other countries/regions.