All of Arbonia Group's division are committed to a coherent and comprehensive sustainability policy that forms an integral part of the Group's strategic objectives and operating activities.
The Arbonia Group is aware of its economic, environmental and social responsibility towards capital providers, employees, customers, business partners, the state, society and the environment. Engagement, responsibility, trust and cooperation are values that the company and its employees have taken to heart. These values are put into practice in contact with internal and external partners every day as part of our corporate culture.
The principles of sustainability have been an integral part of the HVAC Division's corporate philosophy for decades now, and are applied in the areas of product development, production, and customer and staff relationships. By applying a management system certified under ISO 9001/14001/50001 (Quality/Environment/Energy), the division focuses on all processes, from development through to disposal. The advantages that energy efficiency offers to customers and the environmentally responsible use of resources are at the heart of all newly developed products, which meet the highest energy standards.
Sustainability is also a key focus in the area of energy consumption. Italian company Sabiana, for example, produces over 75% of ist annual energy from photovoltaic installations, and in Plattling (D), a state-of-the-art energy data logging system enables weaknesses in production to be analysed and inefficient consumers to be replaced effectively.
The obligation to define suitable employee protection goals is a standard element of corporate policy. Each year, the company introduces prevention campaigns focusing on a range of different subjects and managers also receive training in the area of responsibility for occupational safety, as a means of giving safety-related issues more prominence.
Sanitary Equipment Division
Work to optimise packaging is an ongoing process which was further accelerated in 2018. In order to reduce transport weight, the wooden slats that had previously been used were replaced with lighter hon-eycomb boards made from cardboard. These boards offer comparable protective properties but have a much lower environmental impact. The optimised packaging density and, as a result, the improved utilisation of transport pallets led to a significant decrease in transport and logistics costs as well as sustainably reducing the burden on the environment.
As around 75% of household energy consumed is caused by heating costs, the insulation of the exterior walls, ceilings, floors, roofs and, above all, the doors and windows is a key factor for saving energy and increasing energy efficiency. Through the continual innovation of all its window ranges, the Windows Division is making a major contribution in this regard.
The new vinyl and vinyl/aluminium generation in particular offers improved energy efficiency. Thanks to an optimised overall depth, wider and therefore more energy-efficient glass packages can be used in both new constructions as well as in renovations, making a valuable contribution to further reducing energy consumption and lowering CO² emissions. The new wood/aluminium windows as well as the vinyl windows from EgoKiefer are certified to the Minergie standard and demonstrate exceptional environmental performance thanks to their high quality standards and long product service life.
Also in respect to production, the Windows Division follows principles which allow resources to be used sparingly at all stages. For example, the wood chips at the Langenwetzendorf (D) plant are used to heat the production facilities and surplus chips are sold to pellet manufacturers for further processing. The site in Germany is also equipped with solar systems on the roofs and feeds around 224,000 kWh of electricity into the grid each year. At both the Pravenec (SK) and Zambrow (PL) sites, thanks to coextrusion systems installed, off-cuts from vinyl profiles are now fed back into the production process instead of being thrown away. In addition to the waste recirculation system, around 70% of the production halls in Poland are equipped with energy-saving and daylight-controlled LED light strips.
Energy and material efficiency are permanent areas of focus for the Doors Division. For example, hall lighting is gradually being converted to LED lighting, and when new machines and systems are purchased, efforts are made to ensure that the drives and motors used comply with the latest efficiency classes. In addition, continual improvements to systems ensure that productivity is permanently increasing and the energy required to manufacture each component is continuously decreasing.
Employee well-being is also a matter of great concern for the division. To name just a couple of examples, the canteens and social spaces at Prüm in Germany and Invado in Poland have been modernised over the course of the reporting year.