“Steel is indeed a sustainable material, as it has a long life and is entirely reusable”, agrees Jan Willem. “On the other hand, manufacturing and processing steel consumes a great deal of energy. That means you can make a big difference with the choices you make in this area.
Consideration for the climate and people’s well-being
“When it comes to sustainability too, we are therefore keen to be a proactive partner of the interior contractor. After all, we think it’s important to give consideration to the climate and people’s well-being. We’re also aware that companies can have a greater impact in these areas than individuals. That comes with a responsibility. We therefore make a conscious choice to work with sustainable partners and to make our own business processes sustainable.”
Laser cutting: fibre instead of CO2
“In our sector all kinds of technologies are available that can help you manufacture in a more energy-efficient way. Take fibre laser cutting instead of CO2 laser cutting, for example. Our production site in the Netherlands is a leader when it comes to using this kind of technology and the same goes for our production partners at home and abroad. Sustainability is also one of the criteria we use when selecting our partners.”
Heat recovery and better extraction
“Do I have an example? Well, the powder coater we work with has taken big steps forward in the area of heat recovery. In Eastern Europe we also have a production partner that does a lot of grinding work. They were already doing well in terms of sustainability and working conditions, also by Dutch standards. When we were there, however, we noticed that the extraction could be improved. So we also discuss issues like this. As a result, they are now doing better in this area.”