VOSS Fluid GmbH is a supplier of hydraulic connection technology. We spoke with Marco Schawohl, Division Manager Marketing, about corporate responsibility, ecological benchmarks and the in-house electroplating equipment.
Editor: Mr Schawohl, please introduce your company briefly.
Schawohl: VOSS Fluid is one of the world's leading suppliers of hydraulic connection technology. We focus on application-specific system solutions for tube connections in stationary and mobile hydraulics. These include cutting ring couplings, tube forming systems and flange connections, amongst other products. We offer our customers all services from a single source – from project planning and engineering via production and assembly to economic logistics services.
Editor: How do you realize sustainable values?
Schawohl: Sustainability is a central topic for our company. Our projects are shaped with vision. Besides business success, we also look at social and ecological benefits in everything we do. This begins with the overriding strategic and operative targets and ends with each individual employee acting responsibly.
Editor: Please illustrate this with a concrete example.
Schawohl: We have developed an extremely high-quality surface for our tube couplings: the corrosion protection VOSS coat. To achieve this quality level, we have even invested in a new electroplating equipment at our head office in Wipperfürth. This is one of the most modern such installations in Europe. Thanks to processes optimally configured to our needs, we are able to attain perfect surface results in production. It also allows us to comply with the highest ecological standards – for environmental protection as well as for energy and resource efficiency.
Editor: What results have you achieved?
Schawohl: All emissions such as air, water and noise are far below the specified limit values. Instead of potable water, we exclusively use industrial process water. Another important aspect: We save more than 490 MWh each year thanks to the energy-efficient plant. That corresponds to an annual electricity consumption of around 160 residential units. We also restrict the use of chemicals to the absolute minimum necessary. This is achieved by using automated dosing pumps, amongst other reduction measures. In addition to this, the employees in our two-story electroplating installation work completely separated from the fully-automatic controlled process conveyors.
Editor: Are people becoming increasingly aware of sustainability, in your opinion?
Schawohl: The subject has certainly gained importance, but still offers a great deal of potential. As far as I am concerned, one of the most important tasks is to implement sustainability strategies across the board in business and society. The VOSS Company Group has long pursued this important path.
Editor: Mr. Schawohl, thank you for this interesting talk.
Catrin Neukirchen • VOSS Fluid GmbH
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