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Manufacturing processes with smaller environmental loads

Roland regards technologies that make effective use of limited energy resources as "Energy Saving Technology" and promotes development of environment-conscious electronic musical instruments that incorporate such technologies in any of the product categories.

Energy Saving Technology by Roland

Beautiful music, beautiful planet –
Roland is committed to preserving our environment through
the development of eco-friendly digital technology and energy- efficient
electronic musical instruments.

JUNO-Di / Lusina AX-09- The "JUNO-Di" mobile synthesizer and the "AX-Synth" shoulder synthesizer as well as the "Lucina AX-09" synthesizer have achieved power saving which was a challenge in synthesizers having professional sound quality, by means of our exclusively developed high efficiency circuits, thereby enabling the synthesizers to be powered with rechargeable batteries that can be used repeatedly.

BA-330 / BA-55- The "BA-330" stereo portable amplifier has enabled powerful PA sounds to be enjoyed even in places where no power supply is available, by means of power-saving battery technologies. Also, MOBILE BA is a battery-powered stereo amplifier with high power, achieving a lightweight body including mixer and speaker functions. With six alkaline AA batteries, a maximum of 15 consecutive hours of playing time is available.

R-05- The "R-05" recorder that fits snugly in the palm of your hand enables high quality sounds to be recorded easily with a high quality sound design and simple operability. It provides recording to SD/SDHC memory cards, enabling continuous recording for more than 16 hours with two size AA batteries. (The "R-05" won the Good Design Award 2010.)

KC-110 / AC-33

- The "KC-110" is the world’s first AA battery-powered stereo keyboard amplifier. It features 30 watts (15W+15W) stereo amplifier with two 6.5" custom speakers and two tweeters, and enables a wide range of keyboard sounds to be played back with projection that is unimaginable from its compact design.

- The "AC-33" amplifier for acoustic guitar is rich with functions such as high-quality stereo effects, antifeedback, and looper, etc. It can run on batteries and plays back the rich sounds of acoustic guitars in a natural manner in any place.

HP505

- The electronic piano "HP505" has achieved a 58% reduction in power consumption as compared to previous models, by means of a combination of specially designed high efficiency power supply amplifier and speaker system while delivering powerful sounds.

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Manufacturing processes that do not use hazardous chemical substances

As restrictions come into effect globally regarding the use of designated chemical substances that can cause environmental pollution, Roland is working towards gathering the latest information on environmental laws in Japan and other countries, carrying out ongoing verifications of the legality of our products and technologies, and developing and designing products in ways that eliminate the use of hazardous chemical substances.

RoHS directive Compliance process complete
Chinese RoHS directive Compliance process in progress
California chemical substances regulations (Proposition 65) Compliance process complete
Regulations on formaldehyde emissions from plywood and composite wood products (CARB regulations) Compliance process complete
New European batteries directive Compliance process complete
European regulations on chemical substances(REACH) Compliance process in progress

Some regulations on chemical substances regulate hazardous substances that are used and discharged during the manufacturing process. We have created a set of stringent internal standards (List of Chemical Substances Whose Use in Products is Prohibited or Restricted) to reduce the amount of hazardous chemical substances used, and to implement appropriate controls.

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Industrial waste reduction and recycling

Roland has set waste material recycling rate targets of 85% or higher and 73% or higher at the head office factory and the Miyakoda factory respectively. Waste material are sorted, disassembled, and separated to promote recycling.
Both factories have achieved their target recycling rates for Year 2013 (April 2012 - March 2013), coming in at 92% and 85% at the head office factory and Miyakoda factory respectively. We intend to promote even more recycling to reduce the amount of waste we discharge.

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Activities for reducing CO2 emissions

Solar power generation system and promotion of energy-saving measures.
In July 2006, the head office factory was outfitted with a solar power generation system capable of generating 70,000kWh per year. The system generated approximately 68,300kWh (CO2 equivalent: approx. 45 tons) during Year 2013.

Also, replacement of equipment and lightening devices with that of the low power consumption type and ongoing energy-saving activities in daily work are operated, and in the period ended March 2013, the power consumption in the head office factory decreased by 10.8% and by 10.3% in the Miyakoda factory over the previous period.

* Calculations were based on the nationwide harmonized CO2 conversion factor (0.559kg-CO2/kWh) defined by the Ministry of the Environment.

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