ITW Security Division’s Imagedata facility in Brantham has recently invested over £350,000 in new equipment to reduce the energy consumption of the site. The success of the project, which was completed in July, has already resulted in a reduction in the site’s gas consumption by 42%, its carbon footprint by 25% and will lower CO2 emissions by 600 tonnes each year.
The Brantham site is the UK’s and EU’s only producer of dye sublimation print ribbons, which are used to personalise ID cards, driving licences and other secure ID documents around the world. Previously the site had relied upon equipment installed in the mid 80’s and early 90’s for essential steam generation, site heating and VOC abatement services, which was very energy inefficient by today’s standards. As part of its commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its operations, and driven by ITW’s Enterprise Strategy and Toolbox approach, the business had been assessing options to dramatically reduce its carbon footprint culminating in the investment programme in late 2015 to change this.
Commenting on the investment Bob Carey, ITW Security Division’s Business Unit Manager said “The improvements at our Imagedata site represents a substantial reduction in our consumption of energy and resources and have transformed the sustainability of the site and our business going forward.”
The ITW Imagedata site employs around 40 people and exports almost 100% of its products worldwide. Since acquiring the business in 2010, ITW has invested substantially in transforming the productivity of the coating, slitting and finishing operations operated on site. This latest investment is a continuation in a series of ongoing projects aimed at driving sustainability and quality improvement in ITW Security Division’s manufacturing operations.
“We are located close to the Stour Estuary which is a designated Area of Natural Beauty and Site of Special Scientific Interest and our environmental impact and sustainability are therefore primary concerns for us” continued Bob. “We operate to the ISO 14001 Environmental System Standard across the site and as part of this we continuously work to lower the environmental impact of our operation in the manufacture of our leading range of ID card printer ribbons for customers worldwide.”
About ITW Security Division
The ITW Security Division was formed in 2012 through the coming together of the management teams, technologies and resources of Covid, Fasver® and Imagedata™. Leveraging the strengths of these brands, the ITW Security Division today offers the secure document market a single source supply for high security laminate documents and dye diffusion (D2T2) ribbons.
As an independently operated division of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW), a Fortune 200 company, we have the financial resources necessary to continually invest in new technology, research and development. This global footprint and view has enabled us to supply products to more than half the world’s countries from our secure facilities in the UK, France and USA.
At ITW Security Division we understand that the foundation for secure materials begins with highly secure manufacturing facilities. We manufacture products from start to finish in one of our secure facilities enabling us to meet the ‘under-one-roof’ production requirements demanded by many governments.
Our products and technologies driven by our Covid and Fasver® brands have developed a global reputation for highly advanced security solutions. Overt, covert and forensic security technologies are customised to the specific requirements of each document program to enable the widest combination of personalisation methods and substrates for passport and ID card issuance worldwide.
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