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Environmental Prize for Innovative Process

Hanover, August 2015. Partslife, a disposal initiative run by the independent automotive parts market, has awarded its environmental prize for the third time. The ContiTech Power Transmission Group is one of the 2015 winners. A new, environmentally friendly production process managed to win over the expert jury. As part of the process, the fabric layer of the ContiTech V-ribbed belts is ironed on – thus rendering solvents wholly redundant.

Environmental Prize for ContiTech: Markus Pirsch (right) receives the award © Continental

“The award is a ringing endorsement of the great work done by the project team,” says Markus Pirsch, head of the Marketing Service. “The implementation of the process means a sustainable improvement not only in terms of the company’s environmental footprint but also for our staff working in production, because we are able to avoid using any solvents. Depending on the production site, this can mean savings of up to 55 metric tons of solvent.” The Partslife environmental prize includes an award of €3,500. ContiTech has donated the prize money to the Peter Maffay Foundation, which works with traumatized and disadvantaged children and young people.

The award-winning process is used in connection with the V-ribbed belts and, thanks to its fabric-reinforced belt running side, ensures low wear, optimum grip, and maximum smooth running – even in extreme conditions such as cold starts, moisture, or pulley misalignment. Until now, the textile flock had been applied to the belt surface with the aid of solvents. A new application machine was specially purchased for the iron-on process.

 All the Power Transmission Group’s locations worldwide are now integrating the environmentally friendly process in their production procedures. “This project clearly shows that sustainable environmental protection and economic interests do not have to be mutually exclusive,” explains Pirsch in summary.