Environmental pact ambassador

20. July 2012

Albin Kienberger, director of Bischof + Klein Konzell, is a Bavarian environmental pact ambassador.

This rare award for outstanding environmental commitment was presented by regional council chairman Heinz Grunwald at a visit to the facility in Konzell. In its rationale for selecting Albin Kienberger as environmental pact ambassador, the ministry cites "exemplary corporate management" which is also reflected in long-term participation in the "EMAS" environmental audit (Eco Management and Audit Scheme).

"As consumers of finite resources and energy, we want to face up to our particular responsibility and act as pioneers", explained the plant director. The company is participating in the Bavarian environmental pact and has already been committed to environmental protection for over 25 years. Focus is placed on sparing use of raw materials and energy. Over the past fifteen years, B+K Konzell has reduced its heating oil consumption by around 70 percent. This has been made possible thanks to modern building control technology and energy recovery.

The globally operating company, whose headquarters are located in Lengerich/Westphalia, regularly invests in modern machines in Konzell. This year's total is around €8 million. B+K constantly implements technology and know-how to increase energy efficiency in the company: more is produced in relation to the amount of electricity which is consumed. At the same time, less scrap is produced thanks to shorter start-up times.

All measures are monitored by the energy manager. The energy team systematically checks electricity consumption. This involves the flow of energy throughout the entire environment of the machines, from cooling water and climate control technology to compressed air. Benchmarking between B+K Konzell and Lengerich increases the potential savings and leads to positive internal competition. The employees' improvement suggestions are implemented at short notice as part of the idea management scheme.

The development engineers at Bischof + Klein constantly work towards optimising the packaging and films in close consultation with customers. Wall thickness minimisation is an important key term. B+K additionally offers flexible packaging solutions as alternatives to so-called hard packaging for various products - these enable material reductions of over 80%.

The packaging specialist is actively involved in developing films manufactured from "green PE". Packaging made from replenishable raw materials will increase in importance in the future. Albin Kienberger hopes that "proximity to the centre of competence for replenishable raw materials in Straubing may sensibly enhance development."


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