360° Thinking And Action
Acting responsibly not only helps resolve social and ecological problems – it also increases profits and competitive strength. This is the guiding principle at ANKER in its corporate dealings, its social commitment and its innovative strength as a whole when developing new products. Issues like sustainability, ecology, recycling and environmental impact are an important component in corporate strategy at ANKER. Development of carpets, which are composed almost 100% of recycled material and which are 100% recyclable, are just as much the expression of the guiding principle here as the constant improvements to production processes in order to save resources.
The Economy Of Ecology
Environmental protection and the careful use of natural resources have been essential principles governing the strategy at ANKER for decades and are now more important than ever. No matter what the process, the company evaluates and takes the environmental issues into account. ANKER makes a big point of conserving natural resources, keeping emissions to a minimum, thus ensuring it causes as little pollution to the environment as possible – and makes itself even more competitive this way.
By focussing on the use of solution-dyed fibre materials, the amount of service water the company consumes and waste water it generates is reduced resulting in energy-efficient production processes. At the present time, ANKER manufactures over 80% of its products from solution-dyed fibres – on an upward trend.
ANKER invests in new types of production methods and innovative products. Its focus in product development is on durable products, such as PERLON RIPS.
All surplus textiles are recycled or reused in some way.
ANKER protects natural resources by sourcing the water it requires for production from its own well system. This water is treated and fed back into the River Rur by the municipal water-treatment plant, which ANKER co-initiated and has co-financed.
In order to save resources where energy is concerned, ANKER installed a combined heat and power plant decades ago. The steam generated in the company’s own gas-fired power plant serves to generate electricity with a steam turbine. The exhaust steam is then used as process steam in various production lines.
The production halls and company administration occupy a total area of around 320,000 sq.m. Of these, 70,000 sq.m. are sealed surfaces, the rest are green spaces. Of these in turn, 120,000 sq.m. are landscape conservation areas, which ensures extensive habitats for the natural ecosystem of the Rur pasture lands.
ANKER has been certified in conformance with DIN EN ISO 9001:2008, DIN EN 9100:2003, DIN ISO 14001:2009 and OHSAS 18001:2007, as well as being a founding member of GUT.
Communications between ANKER and employees, suppliers and customers are open and transparent.
Act Sustainably – Thrive Sustainably
With the concept of “360° thinking and action” ANKER established a fundamental strategy for the future orientation of the company. Acting responsibly not only helps resolve social and ecological problems – it also increases profits and competitive strength.
ANKER has currently commissioned an energy audit and an eco balance sheet for the entire company in order to generate new goals and policies to improve its own eco scorecard.
Waste Materials Are Not Refuse.
The subject of recycling is one given particular attention in several respects at ANKER. Our own production remnants, waste and surplus materials are recycled and fed back into the production process in different ways. Almost 100% of all yarn remnants from polyamide 6 material are passed onto a recycling process as part of a recycling programme that has been strongly pushed by ANKER. The fibre manufacturer Aquafil collects these yarn remnants and processes them into the recycling fibre “Econyl”, which is currently the only fibre on the market to be certified by Norske Veritas.
Any carpet waste not composed of polyamide 6 is processed by specialist firms as part of downcycling to make various synthetic products.
Shearings that amass in different finishing processes are put to use as fillers in the construction industry.
Disposal of old carpets using thermal recovery represents a considerable energy resource. The calorific value of synthetic carpets is close to that of heating oil. These carpets can be processed to generate energy in incineration plants. The thermal solution using old carpets seems to be perfectly logical, above all because otherwise heating oil is normally used in incineration plants of this kind to maintain operation. With today’s incineration technology, incineration is possible that emits significantly less pollutants than in the combustion of natural raw materials in the fireplaces of private homes.
ANKER carpets are long-lasting and sustainable high-quality products, which are designed for the toughest use in properties in heavy-traffic rooms. They are suitable for use in public buildings like banks, administrative offices, hotels, hospitals, rehab clinics, etc. Before they leave our factory, they go through all the official and prescribed test facilities and many internal qualifying tests in the test laboratory in our own factory. Our products have all appropriate quality marks and additional suitability records. They are made of first-class raw materials from accredited suppliers of materials.
In our processes of ongoing improvement, our goal is to achieve the highest standards of quality in every area of our company. To do so, we monitor our processes permanently in order to ensure their effectiveness, maintain appropriate records and take corrective action if necessary.