IAC Group Reduces Landfill By 36 Million Pounds; Wins 2011 Daniel Eberhardt Award For Environmental Citizenship

LUXEMBOURG, (October 25, 2011)As part of an innovative company-wide environmental responsibility initiative at its 26 U.S. manufacturing facilities, International Automotive Components (IAC) Group diverted 36 million pounds of landfill just one year after the initiative was launched in 2010. As a result, IAC Group has been recognized by the Society of Plastics Engineers Environmental Division for its overall corporate environmental citizenship. IAC Group was presented with the organization’s Daniel Eberhardt Environmental Stewardship Award during a ceremony on Oct. 18 in Atlanta.

spe2011In 2010, IAC Group began an internal initiative to reduce landfill to zero at its production facilities in the U.S. Leveraging its vast engineering experience, the team developed a recycling database that was used company-wide to track material re-use and landfill waste. Based on the data gathered, IAC Group initially challenged six of its manufacturing facilities to reduce their landfill significantly.

Through several Kaizen-focused events at IAC Group plants , landfill levels were identified, logged into the database and teams worked to divert or eliminate landfill. Through these efforts, some facilities also were able to turn previous landfill content into income streams for the business through innovative recycling efforts.

By the first quarter of 2011, IAC Group had reduced the amount of landfill by 36 million pounds on an annual basis. Three plants, in Greenville, SC, Albemarle, NC and Old Fort, NC have achieved zero landfill from manufacturing, and the others have reduced their landfill by 50 to 80 percent.

With these efforts, IAC has fostered a culture of social and environmental responsibility at all of its facilities in the U.S. These initiatives are in line with the direction of IAC’s OEM customers to be more environmentally conscious and aware in their manufacturing processes. In some cases, IAC also is optimizing the re-use of its material for energy conversion as well.

The SPE Environmental Division presents the Daniel Eberhardt Award annually to a company that is committed to the spirit of environmental sustainability in all of its actions and surpasses a number of criteria outlined by the judging committee for the Environmental Awards Program. Specific criteria for the award include environmental leadership, verifiable contribution, creativity, originality and significant impact, among others.

“We are honored to receive the Daniel Eberhardt Award,” said Maurice Sessel, senior vice president of product engineering at IAC. “Being recognized for our efforts in these areas reinforces our alignment with and commitment to customers as we develop new materials to help them with their environmental initiatives as well.”

As an example of IAC’s ongoing commitment to environmentally conscious materials, the company also has developed its Ecoblend family of products using post-industrial recycle content to manufacture components, from package trays to flooring applications. In addition, it is currently working on a component solution using kenaf, a natural material, to reduce oil-based resin and weight, which will eliminate more than millions of pounds of oil-based resin over the life of a vehicle program.