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26 August 2016

PRODUCTION UP, ENVIRO FOOTPRINT SHRINKS

Concept Caravans has achieved a massive 20 percent reduction in disposable waste, for every caravan produced over the past 12 months. 

 

What makes the figure more remarkable, is that coincides with a whopping 10.86 percent increase in production (YTD) at Concept’s manufacturing facilities, in the northern Melbourne suburb of Campbellfield.

 
Concept Caravan takes a holistic approach to its environmentally sustainable programs, embracing all aspects of the business and not just the manufacturing process.
 
Keir Smith, one of Concept Caravan’s three Director’s said, “We’ve been working tirelessly to minimise wastage since we established Concept Caravans 12 years ago and we constantly look at the materials we use and how they can be reused and recycled”.
 
Concept Caravans has signed up to be covered under the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) Scheme and their existing production facility is currently being evaluated for accreditation
 
Participation in the CSIRO Aspire program, an online marketplace matching businesses with recyclers as well as waste and by-product purchasers, is showing potential for further reductions.
 
“We are passionate about our caravans and strive to minimise Concept’s environmental footprint, which is why all elements of our business, especially the manufacturing process, come under scrutiny”, Smith added.
 
A high-efficiency shredder, to break up wood and ply products used in the making of the caravan’s furniture, is about to be installed to minimise the offcuts going to landfill.
 
Other initiatives include the recycling of over four tonnes of electrical cable offcuts, which are granulated and reused for coating over electrical wire, plastic pallets and other products.
 
The copper that’s extracted in the granulating process is reused within Australia to make plumbing fittings, electrical components or exported for automotive or electrical componentry.
 
Almost 23 tonnes of aluminium cladding is recycled annually. The leftover sheeting is exported and transformed into aluminium ingots for use in automotive and other industries.
 
Wrapping paper and packaging is made from the 1200 cubic metres of boxes and packaging for each caravan’s appliances, including the TV, refrigerator, microwave, washing machines and other components.
 
Garden pots, milk and bread crates are made form recycled plastic cable spools and the bubble wrap protecting appliances is converted into plastic chips, then fed through a blower to make more plastic wrap.
 
Other significant achievements in the manufacturing waste reduction process include the purchasing of smaller sized flooring sheets to minimise offcuts and the drastic reduction in the use of silicone tubes.
 
Silicone is an extensively used commodity in caravan manufacturing and based on the changes made in Concept's manufacturing process, the reduction in number of tubes per van equates to an annual saving of 9,867 tubes or 30.8%. This is despite the increased use of silicone throughout the industry, due to the higher demand for options like solar panelling.
 
Within Concept’s offices, all printer cartridges are placed in Planet Ark boxes and recycled paper is used wherever possible.

Notwithstanding the current programs in place, Concept Caravans is recruiting a Sustainability/Environment graduate Intern, with a specific charter of working with ply wood use and limiting the levels of offcuts and reusing/recycling left over material wherever possible.

At Concept Caravans, the Directors and management are heavily focussed on being responsible corporate citizens and ensuring that their contribution to the reduction of the greenhouse footprint is at an optimum.

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