Interview Foundry-Planet: Environmental protection, sustainablility and attractive jobs thanks to high-tech filter systems such as ULTRAVENT III by KMA Umwelttechnik
Environmental protection, sustainablility and attractive jobs thanks to high-tech filter systems such as ULTRAVENT III by KMA Umwelttechnik
Foundry-Planet: Dr. Wagner, KMA has just introduced the third generation of ULTRAVENT® filter systems for exhaust air purification in die casting foundries. What is the importance of the topics “clean environment” and “health at work” nowadays and what are the differences with regard to different markets?
Wagner: These topics have gained global importance for foundries in recent years. They already have a high status today and this will certainly continue to increase. There are various driving forces behind this development.
This is, firstly, state environmental protection. Around the globe, nations are committing to environmental protection and taking action in the form of regulations, regulatory instruments and incentive programs. Secondly, there is a growing awareness of environmental protection in societies. The issue of sustainability is driving innovation in the automotive industry in particular, both in terms of vehicles and drive systems and in terms of their manufacture. Climate neutrality has become an important factor in marketing. Thirdly, the foundry industry itself has evolved. Modern machinery and high demands on quality and reliability make it a critical competitive factor for foundries to attract and retain highly qualified employees. This requires a healthy and attractive working environment. Fourthly and finally, economic considerations lead to a changed perspective on environmental technology. With the right solutions in the management of exhaust air and fresh air as well as thermal energy, interesting cost advantages can be realized.
These aspects certainly have different weightings and stages of development in different parts of the world. Ultimately, however, they are global phenomena.