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We care about the impact our products & processes have on the world.

Our poducts not only facilitate learning, teaching and collaboration; they are, due to their functional properties, sustainable products and often have a useful life of more than 25 years.

CeramicSteel is for 99% recyclable and became Europe’s first Cradle to Cradle certified product in 2006.

CeramicSteel contains no volatile organic compounds, making it the perfect material to support the requirements for a healthy indoor environment, and is certified Indoor Advantage Gold for Indoor Air Quality.

Producing CeramicSteel is an energy intensive process resulting in CO2-emissions. In 2008 Polyvision made the energy commitment to switch to 100% green electricity, resulting in zero scope 2 CO2-emission.

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As a pioneer environmental and sustainable entrepreneurship and based on Polyvision’s general policy and executed actions, Polyvision was awarded with the “Charter environmental and sustainable entrepreneurship Limburg” five years in a row (2011 until 2015).

But we were not satisfied with that. That is why we had set ourselves the ambitious goal for an essential environmental footprint reduction of 25% by 2020, with 2010 as the reference year. We were proud to achieve a final reduction of 33%.

In 2022, we signed up for our next journey; becoming a UN pioneer Sustainable Developments Goals by 2025. Through a 3-year trajectory, Polyvision will embed sustainable entrepreneurship even more in the DNA. All starts from the 5 pillars of sustainability (People, Prosperity, Peace, Partnership & Planet) and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations to work on a business that is profitable for Polyvision, people and the environment.

Sustainable Products

Amongst others resistant to scratches and stains, CeramicSteel continues to provide an unmatched and consistent experience year after year. Due to the exceptional durability, we offer a lifetime warranty on the surface of our products.

Chemical
Resistant
Scratch
Resistant
Fire
Resistant
Vandal
Resistant

Magnetic

Stain
Resistant
Bacterial
Resistant
Easy
To Clean

Sustainable

Lifetime
Warranty

Our e³ CeramicSteel surface, produced in a
ISO 9001 (Quality),
ISO 14001 (Environment) &
ISO 45001 (Safety) certified plant, was in 2006 the first European C2C-certified product.

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Indoor Air Quality

CeramicSteel contains no volatile organic compounds, making it the perfect material to support the requirements for a healthy indoor environment, and is certified Indoor Advantage Gold for Indoor Air Quality.

What is Indoor Air Quality Certification?

Certify your interior products for low
VOC emissions with the most transparent indoor air quality (IAQ) standard for furniture and building materials. The Indoor Advantage and Indoor Advantage Gold standard aligns with both ANSI/BIFMA M7.1 and X7.1, and CA 01350. It is recognized by the EPA and GSA, and qualifies for many building rating systems, including LEED v4.1, BREEAM, WELL Building, and Living Building Challenge.

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Pioneer environmental
and sustainable entrepreneurship

Polyvision has received the
“Charter environmental and sustainable entrepreneurship Limburg” five times in a row.

Charter has been awarded based on Polyvision’s general environmental and sustainability policy and Polyvision’s environmental and sustainability performance during the years 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.

Specific improvement actions are done around these 10 themes:

  • Monitoring economic, social and environmental performance
  • CO2 neutrality
  • Eco-efficiency
  • Rational use of water
  • Minimize environmental nuisance
  • Mobility
  • Develop emergency procedures to mitigate the impact of calamities
    on people and the environment
  • Open communication
  • Integrating sustainability
    into the development of
    the corporate infrastructure
  • People-friendly entrepreneurship

Energy commitment

100% green electricity

Producing CeramicSteel is
an energy intensive process resulting in CO2-emissions.

When too many greenhouse gases (such as CO2) are released into the air, the Earth’s temperature rises. This causes the climate to change, sea levels to rise and plants or animals to disappear.

In 2008 Polyvision made the energy commitment to switch to 100% green electricity, resulting in zero scope 2 CO2-emission.

The electricity comes from renewable energy sources like wind, sun and water.

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Essential environmental footprint reduction

TARGET 25% environmental footprint reduction by 2020, using 2010 as the base year. The footprint is based on these 4 operation pillars:

  • Water consumption
  • Total waste amount
  • CO2-emission
  • Solvent use

RESULT 33% environmental footprint reduction. Relevant executed actions:

  • Mill allocation
  • Rinse water reduction
  • Coil line speed increase
  • Installation of heat recovery tunnels coil line
  • Removal of diesel forklift
  • Change of several propane forklifts to electricity
  • Purchase of new solvent free lamination line (hot melt PUR)
Pioneer Sustainable Development Goals

Polyvision is committed to embedding sustainable entrepreneurship in our operations, enhancing resilience, efficiency, and talent retention. Sustainability goes beyond being a buzzword; it involves managing scarce resources, economical energy use, investing in human capital, and addressing future needs, leading to widespread profitability.

In 2022, Polyvision embarked on becoming a UN pioneer in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2025. Over a three-year plan, we’ll integrate sustainable practices into our DNA, guided by the 5 pillars of sustainability: People, Prosperity, Peace, Partnership, and Planet.

As a UN SDG pioneer, Polyvision aims to achieve the 17 SDGs recognized by 194 countries. Utilizing SDGs as our guide, we strive to foster economic, sociological, and ecological progress, aligning our policy with a sustainable future.

Using the SDGs as a guide, Polyvision fosters broad support and advances economically, sociologically, and ecologically, shaping a sustainable and future-oriented company policy.

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YEAR 1

In 2023, Polyvision was awarded for the successful implemented actions
of year 1 of the 3-year trajectory to become a UN SDG-pioneer.

  • Fruit at work
  • Ergonomics
    improvements
  • New compressor

  • Process change
    predrying cover coat

  • Relighting
    production area

  • Sustainable travel policy

  • Waste reduction
    enamel slurry

  • Utility surface
    0,48mm steel

  • Feasibility study
    enamels without
    Lithium, Cobalt, Nickel

  • Carbon footprint + strategy for the next 10 years

YEAR 2

In 2024, Polyvision was awarded for the successful implemented actions
of year 2 of the 3-year trajectory to become a UN SDG-pioneer.

  • Removal gas burner heating

  • Closing chimneys of ground furnace coilline

  • Replacing a 2,5 ton forklift from gas to electric

  • Renewed gas energy contract: 5% CO2 compensation
  • Train and promote
    employees

  • Process change pre-drying cover coat infrastructure

  • Process change pre-treatment method digitally printed sheets

  • Feasibility study new screen print furnace

  • Renewed electricity energy contract: 100% green energy

  • Material and financial
    support for charities

  • Implementation of Lithium-reduced and Lithium-free enamels

  • Cleaning installation
    to improve the cleanness
    of incoming steel

  • Increase sustainability awareness of suppliers

  • Increase sustainability awareness of transporters

  • Monitoring absenteeism and create awareness