We are interested to hear that the team at EMKA believe that going green is good business for everyone. By reducing inputs and maximising efficiency they not only reduce waste, energy consumption and pollution – they also believe they are keeping prices down. By designing products and processes better they aim to raise quality and reduce cost.
So, as EMKA (UK) M.D. Andy Billingham explained: “We are constantly looking for new materials and ways of working smarter in our production cycles in order to be more competitive in the marketplace – a green competitive edge that we pass on to our customers. Like handling our own zinc recycling to reduce energy consumption, like replacing zinc die parts with high-spec plastics to again reduce energy and to improve recycling.”
Other aspects of the green program at EMKA include use of heat exchangers in the factory with winter/summer modes saving on heat in winter and air conditioning in summer. Chemical extraction post process is complimented by water recycling, leading to reduced and cleaner waste output. These programs, taken together, reduce consumption of energy and materials, putting the resources where they are needed – into the products – not the external environment.
Reducing their carbon footprint as a supplier they believe, feeds through the supply chain reducing the carbon footprint of customers in the aggregation of their components, as well as advancing the technologies needed to offer better components at better prices. This green agenda is seen as leading to improved customer performance.
By rationalising parts and products, EMKA are reducing duplication in R&D, in supply chain logistics, in production cycles and handling systems – saving energy, saving waste, saving inventory costs and enabling customers to do the same.
Andy Billingham expressed the view: “We recognise that as a supplier we form part of our customers’ green agenda – and part of their profitability profile. It is simply a matter of finding the most efficient use of resources taking a product life cycle perspective.
When we save costs, that enables our customers to save costs, it enables us both to be more competitive. So a green agenda serves everyone – and helps to reduce the burden we all place upon the planet so that it can be passed on to future generations.”