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Sustainable Production

Production sites in Australia & New Zealand set high standards for sustainable production.

Paul Henrikson, Operations Manager at Henkel Australia, described two initiatives in 2015 at Henkel’s adhesives plant in Seven Hills, which led to a 10 percent reduction in energy usage.

“We collaborated with our electricity supplier to implement a long-term strategy to reduce power. By installing power factor correction units in our plants, we were able to decrease power peaks and reduce power usage. We also removed the electric heater from the hotmelt plant and redirected the power lines up to the existing gas oil heater. Both measures resulted in substantial energy reductions.”

Darren Fahlbusch, Manufacturing Operations Manager at Henkel Australia, explained that that his team at Kilsyth in Melbourne successfully reduced hazardous waste per tonne of product by 20 percent from 2014-2015.

“We improved the efficiency of the effluent treatment plant operation by standardizing the treatment process, providing additional training to the operators, and applying lean thinking and tools to identify improvement opportunities.”

A change to the wastewater process at Henkel’s adhesive plant in Seven Hills, Sydney, had a major impact on the amount of wastewater the plant produced and, within six months, the team achieved its goal of reducing process wastewater generated by 50 percent from 2014-2015.

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