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Sustainable thinking – innovative action

Many mechanical engineering companies aim to ensure that their manufacturing and production processes are environmentally conscious and ultimately climate-neutral. With its latest sustainability strategy, the CHIRON Group is playing its part in these efforts: The company will soon be CO2-neutral, will expand its existing capacity for machine refurbishments and will use additive manufacturing to broaden its range of applications in the automated repair of forging dies.

From manufacturing a hundred watch cases to large production runs of structural components for e-mobility: All manufacturing consumes resources and energy in proportion to the machining volumes, both in terms of manufacturing the machinery and in terms of using the machinery for production. The declared objective of the CHIRON Group sustainability strategy is to continuously improve energy efficiency at all levels: In production facilities, for products and ultimately for the process solutions that customers use for their own production processes.

Green milestone for CHIRON Group locations
With long-term investments in heat recovery and photovoltaic systems and the commitment to cover any additional electricity requirements exclusively from renewable sources, the CHIRON Group has reached a major milestone and created a sustainable basis: The company's manufacturing and assembly processes will be overall climate-neutral by end of 2022.

Opting for good-as-new is more sustainable
Conversion and retrofitting, partial and complete refurbishments, component repair: There are many options for increasing efficiency and extending the lifecycle of a CHIRON or STAMA machining center. Regardless of the feasibility of a given renewal measure, the processes covered by the "Refurbishment" expertise are always a more sustainable alternative to purchasing a new machine. A complete machine refurbishment, for example, provides average savings of 40-50% of the total material required for a new machine.

A further component of this sustainability strategy is expanding and actively promoting this business area. The comprehensive range of services that CMS offers for all CHIRON and STAMA machining centers is unique in the industry, and demand remains stable at an encouragingly high level. Specific plans include expanding the assembly and storage area by 80%, increasing personnel to match and preparing employees appropriately for the new challenges and concepts.

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Exhibitor: CHIRON America Inc.

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