Environment and Energy
Protecting our environment is a crucial aspect of our company’s philosophy.
The main highlight of our environmental program is the reduction of our energy consumption through the use of more efficient components as well as noise reduction programs.
In addition to the recycling of plastics, we also conduct research in plastics made of renewable primary products. Such biopolymers can be used in applications in the automotive industry as well as in packaging. These materials can reduce our environmental impact and offer improved sustainability. Resources are conserved and waste is reduced.
Reducing environmental footprint
Kautex offers fuel system solutions that make vehicles lighter, more fuel-efficient and have the capability to meet lower and lower emissions targets.
In the manufacturing of these fuel systems, Kautex takes a twist on the green approach. The Kautex Energy Management Action Plan (KEMAP) was produced to serve as a guidebook for the best way to operate our facilities in an energy-efficient manner. Lowering the energy intensity and waste streams in the manufacturing of our products are the key target of this system.
The KEMAP was built and designed from our experiences with and opportunities identified from energy kaizen/workshop events. The KEMAP has three basic components:
- Process textbooks
- Analysis sheets
- Energy scorecard
Each component of the KEMAP provides information on how energy systems, and changes to these systems, can impact our energy consumption and costs.
Between 2010 to 2015, Kautex was a leader within Textron, exceeding its goals of a 20 percent reduction in waste and energy consumption over the five year period. Kautex has continued on the same improvement and reduction path; challenging itself to achieve a further 20 percent reduction in energy intensity and waste in the period from 2015 to 2020. As of the end of 2017, this progress is on track.
The Textron "Vision 20/15" program allowed effective partnering and sharing of energy and waste reduction techniques across the entire enterprise. Under Kautex’s 0-0-0 program we find that waste/scrap reduction is one of the targets to reduce to zero.
This was the foundation for the building of the current KEMAP process at Kautex. The next phase of the KEMAP has been to transfer a significant number of best practices into equipment standards, so new equipment comes with our best approach right away and does not need to be retrofitted later to achieve the desired energy performance.
Kautex has also achieved ISO50001 and all of its Germany locations are certified by the TUV Rheinland.
Annual energy use
Kautex achieved its "Vision 20/15" goals and continues with year over year improvement targets for energy reduction and waste reduction improvements.