Annual Report 2016


Increasing responsibility for the environment and the well- being of employees while creating economic growth. At Feintool, this combination is not a contradiction in terms. Ecological and sustainable actions are deeply rooted in the corporate philosophy.

For the automobile industry (the primary customer segment for Feintool), the development of low-consumption and low-emissions cars is essential. However, around 20 % of the CO2 emissions in a car's life are already generated during its production, i.e. before it has traveled a single kilometer. Feintool's objective is to use the natural resources for our production processes, products and services as sparingly and prudently as possible, and to constantly reduce the use of raw materials. This is a significant factor for Feintool's international competitiveness.

Companies in the Feintool Group are thus certified according to the international management standard ISO 14001:2004, and the German locations also according to the ISO 50001 standard for their energy management. Each location takes responsibility for further developing its own environmental management. New environmental objectives are regularly defined and corresponding projects implemented.

Corporate Environmental Management

Our locations in Japan, for example, have carried out numerous optimizations in the (re-)development of tools and components and the production process as a whole with the aim of reducing the consumption of resources. The pleasing results were savings from energy usage of around 400000 kWh of up to 240 tons of CO2. A collective contract for both locations in Japan with a (more environmentally friendly) energy supplier reduced not only the energy costs, but also the CO2 emissions by around a further 60 tons.The plant in Cincinnati (USA) converted several fineblanking presses to chlorine-free fineblanking oil, which replaces chlorinated fineblanking oil, which is harmful to the environment. In Nashville, the process water is treated on-site before being transported to the sewage treatment plant. This makes it possible to have annual savings of 70 tons of CO2 emissions and CHF 150 000 from reduced truck transport.

Feintool in Obertshausen (Germany) uses a new software tool for collecting energy usage data. The analysis of the relevant energy users (electricity) provides helpful information for future energy reduction. In addition, the location has accomplished free-of-charge return of delivered intermediate bulk containers to the manufacturers/suppliers for recycling, thus saving transport and disposal costs.

At Feintool in Jena, a total of 49 tools in the reporting period have been converted from a sectoral to a partial strip oiling system. Fineblanking oil is therefore only applied in the parts of the tool where it is needed. This results in noticeably lower oil consumption. In addition, a central supply system for fineblanking oil, cleaning agents etc. has been installed that transports these from central tanks to the relevant production facilities via tubes. On the one hand this prevents press outage times for refilling, but it also reduces the consumption from the system and lowers the potential for risk for employees.

As a specialist supplier to leading OEMs across all continents, Feintool is aware of its important role in the global supply chain - not least from an environmental standpoint. In recent years, the Group has already significantly reduced its own energy requirements and CO2 emissions through numerous projects. The company-wide key environmental figures are regularly sent to the international Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). With this transparency, Feintool is helping the CDP to create the world's largest database on climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions and water usage. Feintool uses the captured data for comparison with the competition but also for identifying cost savings potential and for developing strategies for monitoring and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Code of Conduct

Both company prestige and the confidence that customers, suppliers, business partners, shareholders and the public have in Feintool are crucially dependent on the fair and responsible conduct of all employees. The Group-wide and publicly accessible Code of Conduct sets out binding guidelines. Acceptance of and compliance with these guidelines is promoted through regular training of employees.