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MAZDA CUTS TRICHROLOETHANE USE BY 74 PERCENT

 FLAT ROCK, Mich., March 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda Motor Corporation, headquartered in Hiroshima, Japan, has introduced new cleaning equipment at its Hiroshima manufacturing plant that eliminates the use of trichroloethane, a cleaning solvent said to be harmful to the earth's protective ozone layer.
 The new equipment -- which cleans a majority of the automobile bumpers used at the plant -- uses an environmentally friendly, water- based solvent that contains a diluted-acid solution and a surface active agent free of harmful organic solvents.
 As a result of the move, Mazda has achieved a 74 percent reduction in its annual use of trichroloethane. In addition, the company said it intends to completely eliminate its use of the solvent by the end of 1995.
 Mazda's efforts to stop using trichroloethane place the company far ahead of the timetable contained in the Montreal Protocol, an environmental agreement signed by 69 countries and the European Community in November 1992. That accord calls for a 50 percent reduction in the use of trichroloethane by the end of 1994, and a complete halt to the use of the solvent by 2004.
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 /CONTACT: Randy Boileau of Mazda Information Bureau, 313-393-3315/


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