BILSTEIN honoured for sustainability at Mandern plant
BILSTEIN wins Partslife Environmental Award 2012
Ennepetal (Germany), May 22, 2012 – BILSTEIN is the winner of the first Partslife Environmental Award 2012 in the automotive aftermarket category. The shock absorber, spring and sports suspension specialist was presented with the award for the local heating system connection at their Mandern production site. An independent jury made up of renowned industry representatives and various experts honoured this innovative and exemplary environment protection measure by presenting the company with the Partslife Environmental Award 2012. BILSTEIN attaches a great deal of importance to sustainable manufacturing. By using the waste heat from a neighbouring farm, the Mandern plant has succeeded in more than halving the energy costs for one of its paint shops. The patron of the Awards, singer Peter Maffay, presented the Partslife Environmental Award 2012 to Christian Renfordt, Head of Sales (D-A-CH) at BILSTEIN. BILSTEIN donated its prize of 3.000 Euro to the Peter Maffay Fundation.
BILSTEIN produces shock absorbers and air spring systems for a range of national and international automobile makers Mandern, Germany. The specialist suspension company has more than 700 employees, making it one of the biggest employers in the region. Since April 2011 parts of the plant have been connected to a local heating system. BILSTEIN uses the natural resources of a neighbouring farm, such as renewable materials (maize and grass silage) and the dung of roughly 120 head of cattle which would otherwise be wasted. Using the waste heat from the farming operation allows the energy costs of one of the paint shops to be reduced by more than 50 percent. The Partslife Environmental Award 2012 jurors were so impressed by this initiative that they decided to offer the award for the first time in the automotive aftermarket category.
"We are very proud to have won the Partslife Environmental Award 2012. The sustainability project of our Mandern production plant, as realised by our enthusiastic team from the building technology, environmental management and production departments, is intended to serve as a model for other businesses. The Partslife award has attracted public attention to our initiative and the importance of sustainable production beyond our own production facilities," explains Rainer Scholz, Head of Plant Services at the BILSTEIN factory in Mandern.