For over 85 years, sustainability in our use of natural resources has been part of our story. For us, the preservation of the environment and the struggle against climate change are responsibilities we take seriously on the personal level as well as on the commercial one. As a family business, we are determined to meet our commitment to future generations.
Wood and wood-based materials
For the manufacture of our high-quality wooden moulded parts, we use exclusively local beech from sustainably managed forests in Germany and Hungary. With our localised procurement strategy, we avoid high transport costs and reduce our fuel dependency.
At OWI, the only plastics we use are thermoplastics. The vast majority of them are polypropylene (PP) and polyamides (PA), which are are 100% recyclable. All our plastics are fully labelled for sorting and separation purposes. The plastics we use conform to PAH (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) limits.
To improve heat retention, our manufacturing facilities are equipped with the latest building technology. In order to reduce our energy usage, all our equipment (injection moulding machines, presses and CNC processing centres) has been selected on energy efficiency criteria. And to embed environmental awareness in our thinking, we provide regular management and manufacturing training for staff. 2015 sees the introduction of a DIN ISO 50001 certified energy management system.
Combined heat and power (CHP)
In our heat-operated cogeneration system, we burn the by-products from our wood manufacturing operations as well as old wood from certified recycling companies. This enables us to create not just energy for production and our own heating needs, but to use the renewable source of wood to create electricity. Because the heat generated is used directly on site, the efficiency factor is more than double that of the traditional combination of local heating and taking electricity from the grid. The facility is capable of producing 500KW of energy and up to 4.95MW of heating.
We have over 800 panels with a nominal performance rating of 163 kWp installed on our roof. The installation has been producing solar power now for over five years. The annual output of around 150,000 kWh would meet the energy needs of 33 four-person households.
Our environmental goals
We are continually on the look-out for new solutions for reducing emissions, waste and in particular the consumption of resources.