Eminence Business Media

Eminence Business Media

Monday, November 21, 2011

Fujifilm completes wind turbine power generation project project at its Tilburg plate manufacturing site

The installation of five wind turbines at Fujifilm Europe’s manufacturing and R&D site in Tilburg, The Netherlands, developed in partnership with Eneco, has been completed with all turbines now fully operational. The five Vestas V90 wind turbines, each able to generate a maximum of two megawatts, are together capable of generating approximately 20 percent of the total energy used by the 63 hectare Tilburg site. This development is part of an ambitious target set by Fujifilm Manufacturing Europe to become a carbon neutral site, with the wind turbines alone likely to reduce CO2 emissions by 12,000 tonnes per year.

The company has also installed a water recycling facility, consisting of two large water purification units, on site. With these and other sustainability measures in place, Fujifilm Manufacturing Europe estimates that it currently reuses 13 percent of the waste it produces, recycles 68 percent, regenerates 18 percent and so is left with less than 1 percent of the total site waste to dispose of.

To supplement these initiatives, however, Fujifilm is also investigating the possibility of cleaning some of the waste water the site generates for reuse within the production process, as well as the option of constructing a complete waste water treatment system on site, in collaboration with three neighboring companies. In addition, a feasibility study is also in progress for replacing the natural gas used in production with bio-gas, with the results of this study due to be available at the end of 2011.

Ryuta Masui, senior vice president, Fujifilm Europe, said: ‘Fujifilm has always been committed to the environment as we feel that we have a responsibility to reduce our burden on the planet as much as possible. With the last of our five windmills now in production¸ we are proud to be able to generate 20 percent of the energy we consume at our Tilburg manufacturing site through wind power.

‘It’s not only the way in which we manufacture our products that is important but also the products themselves. We aim to manufacture both processless and low-chemistry offset plates at this site, and are also in the process of developing other exciting products for sustainable applications in other areas of our business here at Tilburg.’

The company also confirmed that its third offset plate manufacturing line (PS-10) is close to completion. The new PS-10 line has been designed to be able to manufacture Fujifilm’s ‘lo-chem’ range of plates, alongside Fujifilm’s most advanced printing plate to date, the recently launched Brillia HD PRO-T3.