Environmental Programs & Goals

Environment Programme Results until the end of 2012

During the ten-year implementation of the Environmental Management System, certified by an independent organization, the greatest environmental performances of the company are:

  • Since 2001 ALUMIL , following the general trend in Europe, was the first company in the industry to replace electrostatic coating powders containing the harmful substance TGIC powders with TGIC - free shouldering the extra cost of this option .
  • Reduction of water consumption in the cooling section of Extrusion 2006 to approximately 85% (installation of closed circuit cooling water in the old press 1600 t) and 15% in Dyeing ( rational use in production) compared to 2004.
The result of these reductions is that 80.000 m3 of water is saved in total per year, compared to 2004
  • Reduce of wastewater amount coming out of the paint stations by 15% .
  • Installation of new equipment in 2002 ,in the vertical powder coating unit for collection of fines (fine powder , unsuitable for reuse) with positive financial results for the company but also for the impact on the environment. Reduced fines were achieved by 60 % (from 10 % to 4 %) and in total, saving of 26 tons of white powder annually was achieved.
Installation costs amounted to 75,000 euros.
  • The installation, in 2003 , of automatic feeding and monitoring the concentration of the chemical in the process of chemical pretreatment used in the horizontal paint station, reduced consumption of chemicals by 42 % compared to 2002.
  • Significant improvement interventions on the equipment of paint stations waste treatment plant, resulted in reducing the consumption of chemicals at 38% from 2003 to 2007.
  • The continuous increase of participation in the extrusion of secondary aluminum alloy from the old foundry resulted, in the end of 2004, in the production of profiles to be implemented by 36 % with secondary material(in 2002 the share in production of secondary alloy was 23 %) with secondary material, thus increasing productivity, reducing the consumption of raw materials, natural resources, energy and indirectly reducing greenhouse gases created by the greenhouse effect.

The year 2009, participation of secondary alloy in the production process amounted to 51%.

  • Reduced consumption of electricity by 23% and gas by 14% used in the company’s Foundry.
  • Signing of contracts with Alternative Management Systems Packaging, Waste Packaging and Other Products (lubricating oils, accumulators, batteries, packaging materials, electronic equipment, etc.).
  • Following the philosophy of self-control and compliance with the frames of environmental legislation, measurements were conducted using solid particulates at the exits of the collection cabins of the fines of dyes and the pyrolysis furnace, as well as measurements of noise levels around the factory premises were conducted by independent external laboratories.
The measurements showed that the prescribed environmental conditions are followed by the book
  • Participation in research and development of photovoltaic technology used in modern construction activity in order to cover a significant part of the energy needs of buildings.
  • Full big dimension system of building aluminium elements was designed, with integrated photovoltaic elements of modern technology, consisting innovative interconnected inverters, for integrating use on buildings
  • Motivation and staff awareness of environmental issues by conducting seminars. In 2007 the project "POWER SAVING PLANTS OF ALUMIL" was completed
Reduction of electricity consumption throughout the factory reached 11.5 % compared to 2006 levels, after a few targeted interventions on the industrial equipment.
  • In the beginning of the year 2008, the change from liquid gas to natural gas was presented in all sectors of the production reducing the amount of aerial pollutants that create the greenhouse effect.
  • In the year 2008, in the electrostatic paint station (vertical and horizontal), the solutions of hexavalent chromium (toxic) used in the pretreatment process of dye profiles, were replaced by solutions of compounds of titanium / zirconium, which is environmentally friendly
The removal of hexavalent chromium from the process of production is the most significant environmental performance for the year 2008 for all the paint stations of the Group.
Positive results from this development were the significant decreases on the consumption of chemicals on all stages of pretreatment of electrostatic paint in the vertical and horizontal paint stations, on the production of deionized water and waste-water treatment, the reduction of the amount of sludge and finally, the improvement of the quality of waste-water.
It is worth noticing that also prior to this positive outcome, a significant environmental performance was the dramatic reduction (by 50 % ) of the average annual concentration of hexavalent chromium in wastewater of paint stations of 0,43 mg / lit in 2003 at 0,22 mg / lit in 2006 and 0,08 mg / lit in 2007 , a reduction of 81% , with a maximum permissible limit by the environmental legislation, 0,5 mg / lit.
  • Reduction and minimization to marginal levels of scrap in all production departments.
  • Reducing fuel consumption movement through the reorganization of the fleet of trucks.
  • Introduction, implementation and improvement of the whole recycling system of waste materials and packaging materials and promotion of recycling and further processing ( eg lathe aluminum , steel strap , paper , lumber, extrusion matrices enriched stainless steel , etc.).
The ultimate goal is to minimize the consumed quantities resulting in saving natural resources, energy and pollution prevention.
  • The effective material separation, the improvements on collection of materials for recycling and the use of alternative recycling solutions, resulted in increased volumes of recyclable and reusable materials. For example, the amount of paper recycled increased from 80 t in 2003 to 170 t in 2006 and 221 t in 2008 while the old and ruined wood packaging, which was rejected in the MSW before 2005 is now delivered for recycling. So, between 2006 and 2009, 380 t timber have been given for use in woodwork factories.
  • The significant changes and improvements that were made to the facilities for wastewater treatment of the paint stations (new tanks , piping , pumps , security systems , etc.) , for the production of deionized water, the caustic soda plant for cleaning of extrusion matrices (new piping, connections , vats , pits ) ,the installation of ammonia nitriding matrices (new installation far from areas of production, closed, roofed and controlled for access and leakage) ,for the chimney of the pyrolysis furnace of the hanger profiles, and storage areas for powders and chemicals, resulted in the prevention of pollution, reduction of negative environmental impact in the event of an emergency , and improved staff working conditions .
  • Reduction of the amount of timber used in the packaging of aluminum by 23%
  • In 2012, in the two main parts of the Plant Production (Extrusion and Dyeing) the scrap "fell" for the second consecutive year to the lowest levels since 2002
Finally, according to the stated policy of the company for: "... Monitoring the development of new and cleaner technologies for their adoption ......" and "... the new business expansion and growth will take into account environmental criteria ..." investments have been already implemented in facilities:
  1. Of aluminum casting, to the Foundry Group ALUFOND, where advanced and modern technology was implemented , to ensure less energy consumption, more efficient use of raw materials, minimize pollutant emissions and especially those that create the greenhouse effect
  2. Of anodized aluminum of Alumil Group (subsidiary ALUFYL), which is one of the most modern and equipped facilities of its kind, on a European level, and has a water recycling system at a rate of 75% (the remaining 25% after it is treated based on the specifications available, it is distributed for watering agricultural crops). Also, a fully automated system for the collection, treatment and neutralization of the generated vapor and energy saving system was installed.