Freudenberg North America targets Zero Manufacturing Waste
The 16 facilities of Freudenberg North America are targeting zero manufacturing waste and will increasingly pursue industrial processes focusing on recycled product content, plant recycling, lower water and energy consumption and increased use of sustainable materials over the next decade
The German Freudenberg parent corporation (seals, vibration control technology, nonwovens, filtration, lubricants and release agents and other specialty business areas and 2011 with annual sales of more than USD 7.8 billion, 37000 global employees) announced this challenge during a recent two days internal Global Innovation Forum on raw materials and innovation, annually conducted and simultaneously video-casted from locations in Germany, Brazil, the USA, China and Japan, allowed Freudenberg’s global company scientists, chemists and other technical specialist to review green projects, share best practices and participate in critical discussion about ongoing environmental issues including the global mega trends such as population growth, global warming and increasing scarcity of resources.
Dr. Martin Stark, member of Freudenberg & Co. Management Board commented: “In the past, we have successfully issued challenges to our manufacturing facilities to achieve zero defects and zero accidents. We are now issuing a challenge to achieve zero manufacturing waste. The trends driving our business today mandate this kind of response if we are to maintain long-term growth and profitability”.
Leesa Smith, President of Freudenberg North America Limited Partnership (the North American holding company for German Freudenberg & Co.), added: “Freudenberg’s North America companies are committed to develop the highest quality products available in manufacturing facilities that protect people, communities and the environment. Freudenberg has a 160 year history of conducting its business with integrity and a commitment to the welfare of its plant communities. The confluence of new environmental challenges combined with the corporate culture is pushing our people to develop green industrial innovations that will help to solidify our success – and the health of our communities – into the next century”.