TOKYO, JAPAN, May 23, 2003 --- NTT DoCoMo, Inc. announced today that it is the first Japanese mobile operator to incorporate recycled ABS resin in mobile phone accessories. The first resin-based accessory is an optional desk-top charging stand for the new D505i that was launched today. The charger employs ABS resin recovered from disposed mobile phones.
ABS resin is an engineering plastic compound composed of acrylonitrile, butadiene and styrene. It is lightweight, highly shock resistant and easy to recycle, making it an ideal material for production of mobile phones and accessories.
NTT DoCoMo has been involved in a variety of recycling initiatives since 1993, including the collection of used mobile phones and batteries. The company has achieved 100% recycling of every handset recovered.
To date, recovered materials have been applied to non-mobile phone products such as auto parts and electronic components. Use of recovered ABS resin in D505i charging units marks the first time for the material to be incorporated in a mobile phone-related product, contributing to highly efficient, low-cost recycling and realizing a continual recycling process.
In addition to recycling efforts, NTT DoCoMo plays a major role in resource conservation by promoting green procurement. Careful selection of phone parts at the initial manufacturing stage, for example, in which ABS resin can later easily be extracted and refined, has also helped reduce recycling costs.
In cooperation with mobile phone manufacturers, the company will continue to support eco-friendly activities.
About NTT DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo is the world's leading mobile communications company with more than 46 million customers. The company provides a wide variety of leading-edge mobile multimedia services. These include , the world's most popular mobile internet service, which provides e-mail and internet access to over 38 million subscribers, and , launched in 2001 as the world's first 3G mobile service based on W-CDMA. In addition to wholly owned subsidiaries in Europe and North and South America, the company is expanding its global reach through strategic alliances with mobile and multimedia service providers in the Asia-Pacific, Europe and North and South America.
NTT DoCoMo is listed on the Tokyo (9437), London (NDCM), and New York (DCM) stock exchanges. For more information, visit www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english
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