Environmentally friendly production
At the AVK Advanced Castings foundry, supplying the AVK Group with castings for valves and hydrants and other metal castings, we use the innovative lost foam method, and this method allows for an improvement in performance, reducing energy consumption and the amount of particle emissions into the atmosphere. In addition, the production of a large amount of our castings is based on recycled scrap iron.
Every year, AVK’s production of primarily plastic pallets and surface boxes is based on more than 24,000 tons of recycled plastics at our production sites AVK Plast in Denmark and AVK Plastics in The Netherlands. The recycled plastics material that we use includes plastic bottle caps that have been grinded and cutting waste from recycled airbags. When sold as new quality products, the lifetime of plastics is increased by approx. 50 years.
The AVK Group has strict requirements and standards for energy and water consumption its production companies must meet. Consequently, all companies make great efforts to reduce consumption wherever they can. Also, it is our objective that we always dispose of discarded materials in an environmentally sound way, and that all our production companies in the long-term meet the requirement of zero waste to landfill.
Examples of recent initiatives to reduce our consumption at AVK International, and thereby minimise our environmental impact, are:
- New preheating process via heat exchanger prior to coating
- New low-energy ventilation system at offices and factory
- LED light sources with movement sensors
- New conveyors driven by frequency-controlled motors
- Space heating via heat pump at new factory
A safe work environment
AVK is a global company operating worldwide and must as such take different circumstances and conditions in different countries into account and the consequent risks. In all countries where AVK is present, it is fundamental to act responsibly towards employees, environment and the surrounding society. The AVK Group keeps a close watch on all business units and ensures through regular visits that all AVK companies comply with the defined principles.
We carefully monitor the number of work-related accidents and work proactively on preventive measures. The result of this is a steady decline in the number of accidents. We also ensure maintenance, inspection and development of working conditions, equipment and tools that are necessary to complete a given business process.
The AVK Group has agreed to adhere to standards that our suppliers must adhere to as well in order to become a certified supplier of the Group. Sustainability is vital for us throughout the entire supply chain. Therefore, we only cooperate with partners with high ethical standards, who are strongly committed to comply with international legislation in the field of labour.