We have been using 100% green electricity at our production site in Cologne since 2021. By replacing old injection moulding machines with new ones that are 40% more energy efficient, we've reduced electricity consumption by 11% in relation to increased production hours. We use gas to heat our production and office buildings. We switched to climate-neutral gas in 2021, but we were concerned that we were using resources for heating when enough heat was already being generated, namely at the injection moulding machines. And, as of 2023, we have around 800 of these, distributed over several buildings. How do we manage to use the waste heat? That's what a team of igus engineers asked themselves and started trying it out. The result: the concept for heating without gas by using the waste heat from the machines. The plan: to no longer heat any buildings at the company's Cologne site with gas and to make the concept freely available to engineers and mechanical engineers, i.e. to industry.
Not only is our heating system special, so is our building structure itself. The architecture of our headquarters in Cologne follows the guiding principle that the customers are the sun situated at the centre of our actions. In the distance you can see the sun-yellow pylons that support the old and new factory building. They do not need walls and can be flexibly redesigned and expanded.
Plastic can be sustainable. We consider the sustainability of our products in three phases: during production, in use and at the end of the product's service life. Two aspects in particular have occupied us for years: CO2-neutral production and "zero plastic waste", i.e. having no waste in production. It is precisely here that many measures, some of them smaller, bring us closer to the big goal.
Research in an area of 3,800m2, an open ear for customer ideas, and annual innovation presentations at our in-house trade show and at many trade shows worldwide ... all of this is what innovation means to us. We want to work with our customers to find new solutions more quickly. We keep an eye not only on the current problems, but also on the challenges of the future. Digitalization, for example, pervades all igus structures and is closely intertwined with innovation.
Would you like to see the core of our business in Cologne from the inside? Immerse yourself in our 360° VR world, discover a wide variety of stations, and watch our employees at work. All stations are also accompanied by interesting information about the factory and machines. Come on in!