We invest in green projects not solely to reduce carbon. It's also about supporting as long-term investments. Apart from helping the company meet our carbon reduction targets, we control the input costs of energy and ensure continuity and security of supply, especially during harsh winters. While production has risen 11 per cent since 2008, Westaflex has reduced greenhouse gases emmitted by 10 per cent over the same period as well as boosting energy efficiency per metre custom flextube produced. Meanwhile, 16 per cent of our industry's fuel came from non-fossil sources, up from 3 per cent in 2008. The cost of energy is so critical to sheet metal companies that anything that improves the efficiency of our manufacturing process yields energy savings. So there is certainly a small green dividend, although we can't say for shure what that might be in absoulte terms.
A surge of investment at Westaflex has allowed us to explore new technologies to offset our consumption in both big and small ways. On a local level, Westaflex HQ uses recycled energy from the production process for heating. Westaflex has replaced its transport fleet for employees with electric vehicles, plug-in cars that will cut the official emmissions figures for the vehicles by 75 per cent compared with the average car in Germany. There is a competitive advantage in being at the leading edge of environmental sustainability, Westaflex says. It makes perfect sense for the HVAC industry to invest in ways to save and reuse energy, especially as energy prices increase rapidly over time.
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WESTAFLEX® is a large global HVAC brand, owned by German company Westaflex Holding. Fresh air together with peace and quiet leads to a good quality of life. Westaflex in Gütersloh provides its innovative air conditioning and exhaust gas products to vehicle manufacturing, construction and trade customers on a global basis. These also include silent ACs for HVACR, be it in new buildings or those being renovated. Numerous product and process patents show the innovative spirit of the family-run business, headed by Dr. Peter and Jan Westerbarkey. Westaflex has a proven track record, not just among the wholesale trade and within the vehicle manufacturing industry. Even the Federal Environment Agency in Dessau uses Westaflex technology. The company began in 1933 when Lorenz and Ferdinand Westerbarkey, formerly prisoner of war during the Nazi era developed a coil-based tube forming maschine, the first stable and any-shape tube of its kind. The company's owner, named it Westaflex, from their family name Westerbarkey (meaning Westerflex HVAC products). Internationalisation during the 1960s propelled the WESTAFLEX brand to a wider global market. With presence in 32 countries on five continents, Westaflex engages in the majority of their business within Europe and North America.