Sandvik Coromant’s factory in Gimo is the world’s largest manufacturer of machining and tooling systems, with products being used in machining, including the drilling, milling, turning and grinding of metal. In 2017, a sustainability initiative called “Grön Fabrik” (The Green Factory) was launched and a self-assessment tool developed, with the intention of determining the current level of sustainability at the factory and creating an action plan for improvements. The scope of the initiative covers more than 45 areas and everything inside the factory, including people, and everything that leaves the factory.
The partnership with Nevel is another Green Factory initiative. By combining two industries Nevel’s solution can be used to transfer surplus energy from one area of the factory to another, bringing both economic and environmental benefits.
Residual heat is transferred from one area to another.
Oil and maintenance costs are reduced.
Carbon dioxide emissions are reduced. Now close to zero.
"This partnership reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 1,850 tonnes per year, equalling the annual emissions of 1,200 cars."
With heat recovery and bioheat replacing oil heating, the factory is now very close to carbon-neutral production. Energy efficiency is another important focus area. Since 2012, Sandvik Coromant has reduced the use of heating oil by almost 70%, and with the Nevel partnership its carbon dioxide emissions are close to zero. “Nevel’s energy solution reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 1,850 tonnes per year, equalling the annual emissions of 1,200 cars.”
In addition to creating an environmentally sound production plant, the new heating solution also brings financial savings. With no need for fossil fuels, Sandvik Coromant in Gimo is not burdened with oil taxes. Even maintenance costs are reduced, since oil boiler safety is no longer a concern. And with the new solution, Sandvik Coromant avoids tying up equity in heating systems, instead being able to focus resources on their core activities.