WEINHEIM, Germany — September 8, 2022 — Freudenberg Performance Materials (Freudenberg) has received its first EcoVadis Silver Medal for its two UK sites at Ebbw Vale and Littleborough. The company manufactures solutions for advanced wound care and ostomy products at these two sites. With this award, EcoVadis recognizes company performance in the categories of environment, ethics, labor and human rights, and sustainable procurement. This award means that Freudenberg Performance Materials LP, with its two facilities in Ebbw Vale and Littleborough, ranks among the top 25% of companies rated by EcoVadis.
“The good rating from EcoVadis confirms our consistent implementation of our sustainability strategy. We work systematically to minimize our footprint and maximize our footprint,” said Dr. Henk Randau, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Global Healthcare Business Division at Freudenberg Performance Materials. “This means we are continually improving our energy efficiency and resource utilization while helping our customers in the medical device industry make their processes more efficient and deploy sustainable products,” Randau added.
It is only recently that the biobased compress M 1714 with superior absorption for more difficult wounds has been approved by the ECO-CHECK label. The dressing consists of a blend of bio-based fibers derived from natural sources and has a smooth layer in contact with the wound. The product has been evaluated for industrial compostability and complies with ISO 13432.
Fewer processing steps for hydrophilic PU foam
Hydrophilic foam with a direct coating of silicone adhesives provides a significant durability benefit for advanced wound care. Fewer production and processing steps reduce complexity and energy consumption for both manufacturer and customer. Additionally, the Freudenberg solution works without additional layers of film or other liners with acrylic adhesive, which is required as a silicone carrier in conventional products.
Reduction of CO2 emissions
In 2021, Freudenberg achieved a significant year-on-year reduction in CO2 emissions at the Ebbw Vale and Littleborough sites alone. The key factor in this success has been the switch to green energy. Further energy efficiency measures are planned to be implemented on an annual basis. Currently, the focus is on the installation of heat exchanger technology.
Posted: September 8, 2022
Source: Freudenberg Performance Materials