31 May 2011
31 May 2011
Intertape Polymer Group (IPG) has been recognised for meeting the US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) Energy Star Challenge, a national initiative for Energy Star partners to improve energy efficiency at commercial and industrial facilities by 10 percent or more within five years.
Approximately 240 companies enlisted in the EPA’s call-to-action. However, only the efforts of 34 facilities operated by 14 companies were publicly acknowledged for successfully reducing emissions at their manufacturing sites.
IPG, which supplies tapes and films designed specifically for the marine and composites industries, was cited for energy efficiency improvements of 29.1% in Carbondale, Illinois, 23.4% in Richmond, Kentucky, and 18.3% in Menasha, Wisconsin.
“IPG was able to achieve the Energy Star Challenge at its plants through the commitment and capability of our employees. We’re making energy efficiency part of our DNA,” stated Mike Jones, IPG’s Corporate Energy Team Leader. More specifically, various IPG plants implemented energy reduction initiatives by installing new insulation, variable frequency drives, energy efficient lighting, improved compressed air systems, and economizers on boilers. They also reinforced shut off/turn down procedures, reduced the cycling frequency of its boilers, and implemented dryer improvements.
“This achievement illustrates IPG’s commitment to implement and continually improve sustainable business practices. Using energy more efficiently allows us to reduce our carbon footprint, which is fundamentally good for everyone,” said Rick Carnell, IPG’s Environmental Health & Safety Director.
TRB Lightweight Structures has recently gained the highest DIN 6701 (Parts 1-4) A1 type certification.
Composite products, based on polyurethane technologies from global chemical company Huntsman, are taking centre stage at a design exhibition at the Design Museum Gent, Belgium.
In late November, the 14 project partners in the MoPaHyb consortium developing a modular production plant for hybrid high-performance components wrapped up their successful efforts with a two-day symposium in Pfinztal, Germany.