The TonenGeneral Group was created in June 2012 as a Japanese-owned group of companies featuring integrated production and sales operations, with roots in the former Esso Sekiyu, Mobil Sekiyu, Tonen, and General Sekiyu. We subsequently strengthened our core business with the addition of NUC (formerly Nippon Unicar) in 2013, and MOC Marketing (formerly MITSUI OIL) and Kyokuto Petroleum Industries in 2014. Elements of our group began operations in Japan in 1893, and we continuously strive to apply the world-leading technology and expertise we have acquired over our history of more than 120 years to better serve our customers.
TonenGeneral Group petroleum products are manufactured at refineries in Japan that boast the highest level of energy efficiency in the country, and are sold under our trusted brands, Esso, Mobil and General. We lead the industry with initiatives such as the introduction of Speedpass, our quick and easy payment system for fuel purchases, and the expansion of our self-service station network. Our network of Express brand self-service stations, which operate under the concept of the quickest, easiest refueling service in the cleanest, most comfortable facilities, currently numbers over 1,000 sites. We also continue to expand the network of alliance sites we have rolled out with Seven-Eleven convenience stores. In our lubricants segment, we utilize world-class technologies in products such as Mobil 1, our synthetic motor oil, to contribute to energy conservation and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in Japan through effects such as helping to improve automotive fuel efficiency. At our chemical plant, which has been integrated with our refineries, we produce high-value-added, high-quality petrochemical products. These products, marketed both in Japan and overseas under brand names including T-SOL, T-REZ and NUC, contribute to the convenience and quality of people’s daily lives.
The organization and culture of the TonenGeneral Group are characterized by our focus on safety and corporate ethics, and we consider maintaining the integrity of all of our business operations to be of the utmost importance. Attention to safety, health and the environment is the foundation upon which we base all of our operations. As a result, our employee losttime incident rate continues to be among the lowest in the industry. In addition, our energy conservation efforts in both our petroleum and petrochemical segments were officially acknowledged with the recognition of two of our group companies by the Ministry of Environment, Trade and Industry as the only companies in their respective industries to have achieved the government’s energy benchmarks.
To become Japan’s premier energy company, we are committed to our mission of maintaining a stable supply of high-quality products, offering high-valueadded services and making meaningful contributions to our customers, employees, shareholders and local communities. Our employees stand at the front line in implementing this mission. The TonenGeneral Group is an efficient team of select employees that attracts highly skilled human resources. We endeavor to foster an environment in which competent personnel can fully develop and demonstrate their capabilities. Our efforts to support the health and well-being of our employees have been awarded the highest rating of "A", along with special recognition, by the Development Bank of Japan under its health management rating scheme.
Our essential goal is to contribute to society through our business. We look forward to your continued patronage of the TonenGeneral Group.