Imaging supplies manufacturer Ninestar – well known for its G&G brand of products – has paid close attention to environmental and social responsibility ever since it was founded in 2000 and can point to a high standard of CSR credentials on a number of different levels.
As the company states, “Remanufacturing for reuse is the best form of recycling”, and an important part of Ninestar’s business is devoted to remanufacturing. In June of this year, the company completed the move of its entire inkjet remanufacturing activities to a new facility in Malaysia.
More convenient empty cartridge collection, a stable supply and a faster supply chain have greatly enhanced the company’s remanufactured inkjet cartridges production and supply capabilities, and ensures that customers from around the globe can source eco-friendly remanufactured inkjet cartridges at a very cost effective price.
Over the years, Ninestar has developed many of its own patented technologies which have made a positive impact on the environment. For example, the Dual-Eco inkjet cartridge has twin cartridges that share the same chip and carrier, which not only cuts down on the amount of raw materials used, but also improves end-user productivity.
For the Epson series, a patented air-control valve achieves zero residual ink in the cartridge, meaning less waste ink pollutes the environment.
G&G cartridges have obtained ISO 10004, RoHS and other international environmental certifications. In order to ensure all of its components are eco-responsible and high quality, the company requires all suppliers to have environmental protection certificates such as RoHS and MSDS.
Treating waste and pollutants from the manufacturing process is an expensive commitment that very few companies have the resources for. Ninestar built its first waste ink treatment station in 2007 and a second one in 2010, with a total capacity of 840 m3.
“For our treatment stations, we did not just build them, but we also devoted a lot of energy and human resources to make full use of them,” states Ninestar General Manager Jim Wu. “With continuous improvement and optimisation, we can not only ensure all the effluents reach the national standards, but that the stations can be run more stably and efficiently too.”
Ninestar has a strong sense of social responsibility and has undertaken a number of projects over the years, including regular staff training on areas such as waste management to ensure all employees have a sense of environmental protection. The company has also worked in partnership with the Chinese Red Cross by the establishing the Ninestar Angel of Love fund to provide support to children suffering from leukemia. This fund has been running for seven years and has so far helped more than 100 children have a new life.
The company also extends support to workers that have financial difficulties. Each year, employees can apply for subsistence allowances, serious illness pensions and the company’s childcare foundation. In 2014, about 50 staff members have received help and total allowances have amounted to about RMB100,000 ($16,000).