Honda Motor Co., Ltd., was established in 1948, with Hamamatsu its birthplace. Hamamatsu is also the birthplace of Honda's first motorcycle, the Dream D-Type, which symbolized Honda's dream of becoming the best motorcycle maker in Japan, and in the world. Transmission Factory is located at Honda's birthplace, and from the beginning until now, continues to function as a hub for creating Honda products.
In 1951, Honda developed the Dream E-Type with an overhead-valve engine, revolutionary at the time. To realize its dream, Honda moved its head office to Tokyo. The Cub F-Type which followed, pioneered the Japanese market. The company was still in its infancy, and in order to secure production to meet the needs of customers, established its Hamamatsu Factory (currently named Transmission Factory) in 1954. The factory has always set high standards, exceeded these standards with its own technologies, carrying on Honda's tradition.
Transmission Factory currently manufactures automatic and CVT transmissions for automobiles, supplying Suzuka and Saitama factories, and factories in the USA and Europe.
As an environmentally-conscious factory, Transmission Factory's first-floor aluminum machining line is equipped with an air-conditioning system which improves air circulation to address the issue of oil mist, realizing a work environment equal to that of an ordinary office, and the second-floor transmission assembly line realizes a JIS class 8-level clean room.
The factory incorporates rooftop greening and rooftop recreational areas.
Honda's Outboard Engine Plant, established in 2001 on the lakeside of Hamanako lake, manufactures 2- to 250-horsepower 4-stroke outboard engines. The factory is the 21st Century benchmark realizing Honda's Green Factory concept, utilizing Honda's most advanced high-efficiency production technologies while reducing adverse effects on the natural environment of Hamanako lake and vastly reducing CO2 emissions, and producing zero wastewater from manufacturing.
As a responsible member of society whose task lies in the preservation of the global environment, the company will make every effort to contribute to human health and the preservation of the global environment in each phase of its corporate activity, and through these activities maintain its innovative spirit.
To actively contribute to human health and the preservation of the global environment through all of its corporate activities and products, in the spirit of the Honda Environment Declaration and Honda Corporate Governance, all people involved in Transmission Factory are to strive to raise their aspirations, skills, and quality, take part in activities to continuously reduce impact on the environment, and build a company that its customers "want to exist."
Transmission Factory attained the international ISO14001 environmental management system certification on March 6, 1998.
Transmission Factory actively formulates and applies methods to use less resources and energy in its production activities, to efficiently use resources and energy.
Hamamatsu city rated Transmission Factory "S class," the top rating in the "Eco Facility" department of its New Energy / Low Energy Top Runner accreditation scheme.
New Energy / Low Energy Top Runner accreditation is a scheme by Hamamatsu city to recognize businesses that actively reduce their energy usage.
Solar Power Generation
Total Electricity Generation: 428.28kW (3,737 modules)
Special Central Monitoring System
Energy Monitoring System
Plant Rooftop Greening
Reducing Plant Air-conditioning Energy through Rooftop Greening
Reducing Air-Conditioner Usage
Encouraging "Warm-Biz" Attire
Educating Associates on Environment
Holding Environment Conservation Meetings
Conducting Environment Education
December 5, 2011
Five Students from Hamamatsu West Senior High School's Middle School Section
The installation of the solar power generation system, the largest in Hamamatsu city, reducing electricity needs by 83 households, was instrumental in winning the Special Recognition Award, presented by the Mayor of Hamamatsu city.
For more information on the accreditation scheme and awarded businesses, visit Hamamatsu city's official web site.
The Honda Soltec Solar Cells installed in the factory are highly efficient CIGS thin film solar cells, the next generation of solar cells, which can be manufactured at low-cost, and require extremely low levels of energy during the production process.
2,557 modules were installed on the rooftop, east-side and associate walkway at Aoi Plant, reducing CO2 emissions by 102 tons annually.
1,180 modules were installed on the rooftop at Hosoe Plant, reducing CO2 emissions by 40 tons annually.
At Hosoe Plant, water used for testing outboard engines in the circulating water tank is purified and reused, drastically reducing water usage, and realizing zero wastewater.
At Outboard Engine Plant, roof rainwater is collected for use as industrial water and for flushing the lavatories.
By utilizing rainwater, water use is reduced by approximately 2,500m2 annually.
On March 31, 2000, Transmission Factory achieved zero-landfill disposal of its by-products. To further attain zero disposal of by-products, the factory actively recycles resources and fuels. An example of the factory's activities is the treatment of cutting fluid generated during machining processes. By separating cutting fluid and aluminum chips, the cutting fluid can be reused for machining processes, and the aluminum chips are reused for casting.
The factory is engaged in "Guardian" forest building to create an environment for people and nature to coexist, and to harmonize with the community.
Going beyond greening, an area for animals and plants to inhabit was recreated within Transmission Factory. A corner of the shore allows a relaxing time with nature.
The factory actively releases to the public at various venues information on Honda's policies and undertakings regarding the environment.
The factory considers environmental conservation as "the responsibility of companies involved in manufacturing," encouraging its business partners' factories and overseas manufacturing plants to combine in an all-Honda effort to make a better environment.
No safety, no production." This, the "people-first" principle, is the basis of Honda's production activities since its establishment. To realize this safety philosophy, the factory engages in "KY activities" (or "Kiken-Yosoku" - hazard prediction activities) aimed at increasing the fundamental safety of its facilities and increase awareness of every associate on safety matters. The factory also actively engages in safety-themed "NH Circle" activities and safety education to improve safety through awareness, and spares no effort to create a work environment comfortable for every associate.
The factory, being an integral part of an automobile manufacturer, engages in activities to teach associates traffic accident prevention, and by utilizing motorcycle and automobile simulators and on-road training, is dedicated to improving associates' driving skills.
The factory realizes the importance of interacting with the community, and hosts fun events for the community, and engages in various volunteer activities for the children who hold the future in their hands, and society.