Sustainability and isiflo
Respect and care for the environment and nature are at the core of our company at Isiflo. Sustainability has been part of our culture long before sustainability became a buzzword - and thus a completely natural part of our operations.
"Probably the best connection in the world"
We take a lot of pride in creating a well-functioning and meaningful product, which makes life better for people. Our products reduce leakage in the drinking water system.
Our couplings have a more robust construction than other couplings on the market. We use corrosion resistant brass which can guarantee more than 50 years lifespan. The brass quality is developed together with SINTEF and is approved in more than 35 markets.
Our composite coupling consists of PA12 (Polyamid 12) with 65 % glass filling. The glass filling strengthens the plastic to such and extend that it becomes as strong as metal.
"Probably the best connection in the world"
To reach the climate goals it is not enough to make and consume less. We must utilize the resources which exists in scrap and at the same time reuse materials that usually end up in the landfill. Brass can be recycled again and again, without compromising quality.
Isiflo has been circular for 50 years.
Our measures to ensure that the raw materials stay in the cycle:
Our brass is based exclusively on recycled metal, and we do not use virgin copper.
The local environment
We truely like and care about our homeplace, hence we put much effort into creating positive ripple effects on Toten.
|Cooling- and cutting fluids from the production flows in a closed circuit and are continuously recycled.
|No emissions from production to the municipal wiring network.
|15 years history on the amount of residual waste each coupling produces, and we set annual goals to reduce the waste.
Raw materials in the product
We produce brass- and composite couplings. Brass mainly consists of copper, which is a limited natural resource – for that reason, we will produce more composite couplings and less brass couplings.
Composite reduces the weight of the coupling and reduces the energy consumption to the vehicles transporting the materials. Simultaneously, the energy required to produce composite couplings are significantly less than for metal couplings – but the composite has the same mechanical strength as metal.
Our brass based products is made of recycled material mainly originating from Sweden, the remaining brass originates from Europe. This makes it easier for us to make sure the suppliers follow our requirements and norms when it comes to HSE. We utilize 100 % recycled metal in our brass couplings.
Composite is a synthetic material that has the same mechanical strength as metal when reinforced with fiberglass. We get the composite material delivered from a European supplier.
We produce more than three million couplings yearly. We produce locally, but exports globally. Raw materials must be imported, and the products must be shipped to different countries all over the world – which gives us a great responsibility to minimize transportation emissions. We reduce emissions by cooperating with other companies in Raufoss industry park. In our climate accounting we also include inbound transport from our suppliers. For that reason, we strive to choose suppliers closest to Norway. We also set strict requirements to our supplier when it comes to orderly working conditions.
|Euro 6 is the minimum requirement we set to the vehicles that transports our goods.
|We avoid countries that does not comply with our standards and requirements for working conditions and the environment.
|We carry out controls at the factories of our raw material suppliers.
In Raufoss industry park we have a project where all the companies cooperate to reduce the risk for microplastic to end up in the nature.
We use plastic-based materials in our composite production. For us, it is important to have 100 % material control and prevent plastic particles from going astray.
|ISO 9001-2015ISO 14001-2015
ISIFLOs couplings contributes to clean drinking water
Sustainable development goal 6: Every fourth person in the world does not have access to clean drinking water. Simultaneously, the demand for clean water continue to increase.
The distribution of water resources to countries all over the world contributes to a greater degree of equal access to clean water, at a more affordable price for everyone. ISIFLOs couplings contributes to a conduit network that distributes drinking water effectively, which again reduces the need for plastic bottles.
The alternative to bottled water
In Norway, it is a matter of course to have clean tap water. The Norwegian cable network only accounts for 10 % of our market. We want all people to have the same access to clean water that we take for granted here in Norway.
90 % of our couplings are exported overseas, where bottled water either is a cultural norm or the only source to clean water. Our couplings are market leading in Scandinavia, Germany and France – and with agents on three continents we are working steady towards building a safe and sustainable source of clean water all over the world.
Right now, we are establishing in the Middle East and South Africa with the purpose that our couplings will contribute to establish more water pipes in areas where too many people spend large amounts of time fetching water. Especially young girls are given the task to fetch water to provide for the family, and consequently misses school.
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EcoVadis assesses us as a bronze medal candidate, which means that we are among the 76% best in our industry, which is certainly acceptable, but we will continue to work to improve. The goal is to get GOLD!