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Occupational safety management system switchover from BS 18001 to ISO 45001

In the previous financial year, the established occupational safety management system, which has been in place for several years, was adapted in line with the requirements of the new norm ISO 45001 and certified by an external testing institute.

New and more efficient injection moulding machines

By installing a new, more efficient injection moulding machine for injecting the sole during the manufacturing process for safety shoes, electrical energy and raw materials can be saved in the future. Optimised injection geometry reduces the number of sprues, which in turn means that fewer raw materials are used and less waste is generated overall. Electrical energy is also saved by optimising processes. A more detailed breakdown of these savings will follow in the next report.

Switch to raw material deliveries by tanker

Large volumes of isocyanates and polyols are required for the production of polyurethane soles. In the past, these substances were delivered in 1,000-litre IBC containers. Once the containers had been emptied, it was no longer possible to use them. As such, they had to be disposed of. By switching the delivery of raw materials from IBC containers to tankers, a total of 26 tonnes of waste was saved in the year under review.

Water-based release agent as a substitute for solvent-based solution

A release agent is used when injecting soles in order to prevent the PU material from coming into contact with the mould and therefore from sticking too. This release agent was previously produced on the basis of a solvent. However, a new water-based release agent is now being used, which reduces the volume of solvents used by three tonnes per annum.

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