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  • NTT DoCoMo to Consider Standardizing Cell Phone Material
  • September 29, 1998 (TOKYO) -- NTT Mobile Communications Network Inc. (NTT DoCoMo) told Nikkei Electronics that it plans to conduct talks with mobile phone manufacturers to standardize materials used for bodies of cellular phones.
    Japan's largest mobile communications company said it believes that such standardization will help facilitate recycling.

    NTT DoCoMo started recycling mobile phones in 1996.

    Initially, the company began collecting secondary batteries, and from 1998 it started recycling mobile phone bodies.

    The company has held several rounds of month-long recycling campaigns. From October, it will recycle throughout the year.

    Because more mobile phones are collected for recycling, makers of mobile phones say it is necessary to standardize materials used for the phone casing, for the purpose of effective recycling. The materials used for making phones vary among companies. If standardization is realized, mobile phone manufacturers will be able to reduce the costs of purchasing materials.

    As recycling gains momentum, magnesium will likely be a candidate for use in the mobile phone case, in addition to plastics now widely used. Magnesium is easy to recycle.

    Mobile phone manufacturers are considering a move to adopt magnesium for the cellular phone body to build lighter cellular phones.

    Related story: Competition Heats to Reduce Weight of Cellular Phones

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    Updated: Mon Sep 28 18:22:52 1998 PDT