Injection moulding Continental wins Arburg Energy Efficiency Award 2012
The German injection moulding machine construction company Arburg GmbH has honoured one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers, Continental, by presenting it with the Arburg Energy Efficiency Award 2012. Continental aims to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and energy consumption in production by approximately 15% by 2015.
Each year, Arburg presents its award to a company which, like Arburg itself, takes a comprehensive and global approach to the topic of energy efficiency. Both Arburg and Continental have long made energy saving a part of their environmental policy. This year’s award was handed to a delegation from Continental Automotive GmbH in Babenhausen, Germany, during a gala evening on March 13 in Arburg’s headquarters in Lossburg.
During his presentation speech, Herbert Kraibühler, Arburg’s managing director of 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. He cited a project in which Continental met high demands for part quality and product and system availability while minimising waste. “This project is characterised by a high level of production efficiency in which energy efficiency also plays a role,” he said.
Karlheinz Boguslawski, plant manager in Babenhausen, accepted the award on behalf of Continental from Michael Hehl, managing partner and spokesman for the Arburg management. “This recognition is a further encouragement to us to use environmentally compatible products in the manufacture of innovative products,” Boguslawski said.
In addition to speeches from Kraibühler, Boguslawski and Hehl, the 50 invited guests heard a keynote address from Prof. Martin Bastian, director of the SKZ German Plastics Centre, on technological innovation as the answer to energy and resource efficiency.
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