ALTANA exclusively works with logistics and transport companies that have certified environmental and quality management systems. This strategy has proven helpful because it guarantees that our standards are upheld whenever we order transport services. When deviations occur, which can happen in daily business, we are notified without delay and make every attempt to address shortcomings with our service providers to achieve permanent improvements.
Furthermore, we were pleased to notice that a growing number of customers are asking about our criteria for service provider selection within the scope of their audits and that these quest ionnaires inquire about the environmental management systems of our vendors with growing frequency. Accordingly,
our actions not only meet our own expectations for sustainable management, but also are increasingly in line with the requirements of our customers. That is a clear competitive edge for ALTANA.
Internet platform for greater transparency
Thanks to an Internet-based logistics platform that we use to exchange transport data with our logistics providers, we were able to further optimize our supply chain. The full transparency of our global material flows is an important strategic aspect of this Web platform. The data associated with the exchange form the basis of this transparency, ranging from inter mediateterm optimization of material flows to pooling the transport volume to reduce individual shipments.To improve the market presence of ACTEGA Artística in the U.S., ACTEGA Kelstar set up a manufacturing facility for its products. This eliminates the need to ship ready-made products from Spain to the U.S. ACTEGA Rhenacoat began constructing a new warehouse in 2011, which will eliminate a large number of transports, since the company had previously leased a warehouse for finished products and source materials at a distance of 100 km for reasons of safety and environmental protection. The new micronizing process at BYK-Cera (see also page 41) will also contribute to reduced transport needs.
Among our specific environmental measures is also a new policy for company vehicles that was introduced in 2011. It specifies company subsidies for vehicles with emission values below 140 g CO2 / km as an employee incentive to choose environmentally friendly models.
For further information on our transport logistics and supply chain, please see the performance indicators on page 64.