Continental wins ARBURG Energy Efficiency Award 2012
- Arburg honours one of the world's leading automotive suppliers
- Continental's ambitious target: reduction in CO2 emissions and energy consumption in production of approx. 15 percent by 2015
- Trusting cooperation on energy- and production-efficient solutions
On 13 March, Continental, one of the world's leading automotive suppliers, was presented with the Arburg Energy Efficiency Award 2012. Each year, Arburg presents this award to a company which, like the injection moulding machinery manufacturer itself, takes a comprehensive and global approach to the topic of energy efficiency. Continental's targets include a reduction in CO2 emissions and energy consumption in production of around 15 percent by the year 2015. The injection moulding sector relies on electric injection moulding machines in order to meet high demands in terms of precision while also reducing energy requirements to sustainably enhance the cost-effectiveness of injection moulding production .
The award was presented in the attendance of some 50 invited guests as part of a gala evening, held in Arburg's headquarters in Lossburg on 13 March 2012. Continental was represented by a delegation from Continental Automotive GmbH in Babenhausen.
Joint project for efficient production
During his presentation speech, Herbert Kraibühler, Arburg's Managing Director Technology and Engineering, emphasised the high level of mutual trust between Continental and Arburg, as well as the extensive environmental activities and investments in energy efficient systems: "Only in this way could the manufacture of a demanding optical component, for example, be realised. The challenge lay in the extreme demands in terms of part quality, product and system availability, as well as the minimisation of waste. This project is characterised by a high level of production efficiency in which energy efficiency also plays a role." There were therefore many reasons for presenting the Arburg Energy Efficiency Award 2012 to Continental.
Award as recognition and motivation
Karlheinz Boguslawski, Plant Manager in Babenhausen, accepted the award on behalf of Continental from Michael Hehl, Managing Partner and Spokesperson for the Arburg Management, emphasising that: "We are very proud to accept the Arburg Energy Efficiency Award 2012 today. This recognition is a further encouragement to us to use environmentally-compatible products in the manufacture of innovative products. For me personally, as the person in charge of the Continental site in Babenhausen, this is further proof that we have chosen the right path, both in the interests of the company and of the environment."
Arburg machines help save energy
"Approximately 15 percent of the energy we consume is used in the production of our plastic products" said the plant manager, describing the situation in Babenhausen. "This is why the contribution of machine suppliers is such an important influencing factor for energy efficiency. This is also why we focus so much on energy-efficient technology when it comes to procuring operating equipment and machinery. The new Arburg machines are an important, powerful tool in helping us produce even more energy-efficiently. Our aim is to reduce power consumption for each plastic part produced by at least ten percent. We have high expectations with regard to optimising further production processes as well. I believe that we have picked the best possible path to achieving this by choosing machines from Arburg," continued Boguslawski.
Cooperation leads to innovative solutions
Arburg succeeded in finding a suitable speaker for the gala occasion in the person of Prof. Martin Bastian, Director of the "SKZ - German Plastics Center", a recognised industry expert, who delivered a keynote speech on technological innovation as the answer to energy and resource efficiency. Prof. Bastian emphasised that sustainable, rational progress in line with the genuine needs of the market could only be achieved through honest, serious technological innovation. He underlined the importance of continuously investing in innovation, with education and networking also playing a major role. Accordingly, collaboration in a spirit of mutual trust is vital in the search for forward-looking solutions to complex issues.
Environmental protection as a permanent fixture
Karlheinz Boguslawski explained the general strategy of Continental as follows: "Our daily work is affected by four so-called megatrends: safe mobility, intelligent driving, worldwide mobility and environmentally-friendly driving. Consequently, protecting the environment is a permanent aspect of our daily activities. Evidence of our contribution in this area can be found in our products such as hybrid and electric systems, engine control systems, low roll resistance tyres, as well as telematics and driver information systems. A key concern for Continental is the responsible use of resources and energy during the manufacture of its products worldwide. Owing not least to the continually rising energy costs world-wide, energy management is an important cost and therefore competitiveness factor for us."
Energy efficiency always a concern at Arburg
In his speech, Michael Hehl emphasised the great significance of energy efficiency for Arburg, stating that: "Potential savings in energy consumption play a major role in all areas of our company and have been a vital ingredient in all developments and investments over a period of decades. This is true in equal measure for our products, our production methods, and our buildings." He went on to illustrate his point with the following figures: in 2011, the company generated 21.6 percent of its energy requirements itself, 15 percent using our combined heat and power plants, 5 percent using wind energy and 1.6 % using photovoltaic technology. One of the crucial goals for 2012 is the introduction of an energy management system certified according to DIN EN ISO 50001. "In the product area, we are continuously expanding our range of energy-optimised machine technology, so that more and more Allrounders now bear the Arburg e² energy efficiency label," explained Michael Hehl.
Energy saving as a worldwide environmental objective for the company
For many years, energy saving has also been part of Continental's environmental policy, an issue that the group continues to address through ambitious green targets. The worldwide aim is to reduce annual energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the company's plants by at least three percent. This quota also applies to water consumption and waste generation. Continental aims to achieve an overall reduction of 15 percent in energy consumption in relation to the volume of components produced by 2015. As early as 1996, the first environment management system was certified according to DIN EN ISO 14001 at Babenhausen. In early 2011, a systematic DIN EN ISO 50001 energy management programme was launched for all our automotive sites worldwide. Between 2009 and 2010, the Continental Automotive Group succeeded in increasing energy efficiency by 16 percent in relation to the volume of components manufactured. "We achieved this using the best technology available, both in production and in infrastructure," explained Karlheinz Boguslawski These two pillars of energy management can also be found at the Babenhausen site and are further supported by including all employees in an energy-saving code of conduct. Among the numerous infrastructural projects are the block-type thermal power plant installed in 2009, which has already generated seven million kilowatt-hours of energy. Other energy saving measures include the installation of thermal pumps in office buildings, air conditioning systems with heat exchangers, energy recovery in the production hall ventilation system and a thermal solar heating system for producing hot water for the showers.
ARBURG GmbH + Co KG
Arburg, a German machine construction company, is one of the leading global manufacturers of injection moulding machines for plastics processing with clamping forces between 125 kN and 5,000 kN. Fields of application include the production of plastic parts for motor vehicles, communications and consumer electronics, medical technology, domestic appliances and packaging. The product range is completed by robotic systems, complex projects and other peripherals. Arburg's operations are coordinated by an integrated management system and are DIN EN ISO 9001 and 14001 certified. Arburg is represented by its own organisations at 32 locations in 24 countries and by trading partners in more than 50 countries. However, production takes place exclusively in the parent factory in Lossburg (Germany) - with the mark of quality "made by Arburg - made in Germany". From a total of around 2,150 Arburg employees, 1,800 work in Germany. A further 350 employees work in Arburg's organisations around the world.
Further information about Arburg can be found at www.arburg.com.