When we build new manufacturing facilities, our primary objective is to increase capacities. At the same time, we can normally improve the companies’ safety and environmental records. The two investment projects that ALTANA implemented in the U.S. and China in 2013 are the best proof of the ecological progress that can be made when state-ofthe-art technology is coupled with experiences from existing manufacturing.
ELANTAS’s new manufacturing plant in Tongling, China, is more energy efficient because it uses thermal oil rather than steam and, moreover, utilizes waste heat from waste incineration. Raw materials and finished products are stored in tanks and transported in closed systems. This cuts VOC emissions. In addition, less effort is needed for cleaning and, as a result, less waste accumulates than with the preceding plant, as in the new facility more tanks are assigned to certain products or product groups.
The improvements made at the BYK manufacturing facility in Wallingford relate to environmental and safety aspects, much as explosion protection and leakage sensors. Among the most important measures implemented was the installation of 18 new raw material tanks, two tanks for rainwater, and special catch tanks for released chemicals. Aventilation system and an automated fire extinguishing system round out the environmental profile of the new plant.
The expansion of a plant can also help reduce its environmental effects. At its Ascoli site, ELANTAS Italia acquired property bordering directly on the existing grounds. On the new property, new laboratory capacities and additional raw material storage facilities, including tanks for liquid raw materials, are being set up.