Achievements

Contracts

Our global reputation allowed Waterville TG to access various markets around the world, as a supplier and for other TG sites in Europe and Asia. Some of the most complex weather strips systems are produced by Waterville TG.

ENVIRONMENT

Pollution prevention

2003 : Started recycling scrap weatherstrips (rubber). The ‘’out of spec’’ products are sent to a recycler to be granulated and transformed in added value products. Waterville TG’s objective is to completely eliminate production waste being sent to landfill.

2004 : The improvement of the silicone application system allowed a simpler and better process. This project has helped to reduce  waste. It also helped to reduce the amount of silicone used and  decrease emissions of volatile organic compound (VOCs).

Several recycling projects have been implemented to reduce landfill : paper/cardboard, glass, metal, wood, plastic and composting.

 

Energy reduction

1996-1998 : Modification of Waterville and Coaticook plant boilers to use natural gas instead of heavy oil. This project allowed the reduction of CO2 emission by 55% per year.

1994-2006 : Installation of programmable thermostats in Waterville and Coaticook plant offices permitted to reduce energy consumption during unoccupied time.

2006-2008 : Installation of high efficiency air compressors, dryers and automated controls in Waterville and Coaticook plant. These projects allowed annual savings of more than 3400 MWhr, the equivalent of the electrical consumption of 171 houses!

2011-2012 : Replacement of the existing lighting equipments by more modern, high efficiency  lighting equipments and automated controls  in Waterville, Coaticook, Petrolia (Ontario) and in the distribution center plants and offices. This allowed electricity consumption reductions for each plant by 9%, 12%, 6% and 40% respectively.

2014 to present : Implementation of an electric energy management system (EEMS)- Waterville TG (Waterville, Quebec)

The EEMS has led to a methodical energy management. At Waterville TG, the participating team has tested the EEMS in the plant area where rubber extrusion is being performed. The team has defined and initiated a control procedure to ensure efficicent equipment shutdown which has resulted in a reduction of more than 5% in the electric consumption alone leading to annual savings of more than $150 000 for the plant. Hydro-Quebec subsidized through its industrial programs the implementation of the EEMS by 50% of the costs.

 

Natural resources conservation

2003-2009 : Installation of new refrigeration compressors to cool mixing and extrusion line equipments. Following these changes, the total plant water consumption was reduced by more than 75% at the Waterville plant.

2003 : Restoration of the Coaticook River riverbank at Waterville plant. Installation of anti-erosion structure and planting of vegetation helped stabilise the riverbank.

2007 : Team members of Waterville TG created a committee for carpooling. The goal was to reduce air emissions, traffic and natural resources consumption. An incitative parking for cars was put in place to facilitate and reward carpooling activities.