Kaiteki is so much more than just a word: Q&A with Mr Hee Kok Koon of Mitsubishi Chemical Singapore
Kaiteki is not just a word, it’s a spirit and a philosophy that we live by every day and that guides us in working towards making our future world a better place.
What is your background and what does your current role in the business entail?
I have been in the building and construction industry for more than 33 years and spent most of my time in the façade segment. I joined Mitsubishi Chemical Singapore in 2001, and have been with the company ever since. Currently, I am the General Manager of the ALPOLIC Division, which is responsible for the ALPOLIC business in South East Asia, South Asia, Oceania, Middle East and Africa.
How important is sustainability to your organisation?
Sustainability is a very important part of our business. By adopting a sustainable business model, a company can mitigate risks from an environmental, social, and governance (ESG) perspective, and promote long-term growth. Sustainable business models are also important for gaining the trust of consumers and investors.
How does this commitment manifest through various stages of product development and company operations?
In the product development of ALPOLIC™ NC, the world’s first non-combustible aluminium composite panel, we have been contributing to the creation of long-lasting and sustainable cities by providing the market with products that excel in fire safety and durability.
What are the company’s current priorities from a sustainability point of view?
We are working on improving environmental and social sustainability and strengthening our management base through five measures. Specifically, we will evolve LCA tools, reduce environmental impact, promote a circular economy, examine the feasibility of Kaiteki factories, and build a management foundation for sustainability management.
What are the company’s aspirations, goals and ambitions for the future from a sustainability point of view?
As Mitsubishi Chemical Group, we are committed to reduce GHG by 29% from the year 2019 and have a final goal to achieve carbon neutrality by the year 2050. To that end, we will consider and promote energy-saving investment and the introduction of renewable energy.
ALPOLIC™ NC/A1 has obtained an Environmental Product Declaration, can you tell me about the process and why it was so important to the organisation?
We have worked with the best environmental certification body in Australia, Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA), for our ALPOLIC™ NC/A1 Environmental Product Declaration.
It took us around nine months to obtain this certification as we needed to submit a broad selection of documents to GECA, including those explaining our processes. This EPD illustrates our commitment to the environment and aligns with our Kaiteki philosophy: “Well-being of our People and Planet”. Kaiteki is not just a word, it’s a spirit and a philosophy that we live by every day and that guides us in working towards making our future world a better place.
Podcast: Nine years after the Lacrosse tower fire, what is the current state of the facade market?
The 2014 Lacrosse tower fire incident was the first case in Australia to raise alarm bells, followed shortly by other high-profile fire incidents both locally and internationally. Since then, government-led audits have highlighted a widespread issue with the use of combustible cladding across thousands of Australian buildings, leading to calls for greater regulation and a swathe of remediation work across the country.
Achieving sustainability with metal ceilings
Explore the sustainable benefits of metal ceilings and the ways they contribute to the success of your sustainability initiatives.
Sustainability eBook 2023
For the second consecutive year, Network Architectural was the proud sponsor of the Commercial Architecture (Large) category for Architecture & Design’s Sustainability Awards 2023.