EOS GmbH, Krailling, Germany, has been selected to represent the Additive Manufacturing industry as part of the 50 Sustainability and Climate Leaders initiative, a response to climate change from the international business community. The project aims to demonstrate the desire, the leadership, and the will to take effective action in the fight against climate change.
EOS will put its long-standing technical knowledge and expertise towards the goal of leading the world into responsible manufacturing and supporting customers in achieving their own sustainability targets.
Björn Hannappel, Head of Sustainability for the entire EOS Group, stated, “The earth is the most valuable resource that we have, yet keeping the balance between living well and respecting the natural resources of our planet is challenging. Responsible manufacturing is our approach to contribute to a more sustainable future. Combining financial performance with a positive social and environmental impact through our business is what we are aiming at.”
Additively manufactured products provide added value when it comes to responsible manufacturing, offering lightweight designs, functional integration and product designs able to solve complex manufacturing challenges, while still minimising waste. Studies conducted with users and research institutes are also showing the potential to reduce carbon emissions further by using AM technology rather than conventional methods.
Another key benefit of industrial Additive Manufacturing is that it enables on-demand, local production. For example, during the coronavirus pandemic, this made a huge difference as it decentralised production of urgently needed medical devices, closing the gaps of disrupted supply chains. Even beyond the pandemic, the decentralised production enabled by AM can make supply chains more resilient and adaptable to external influences and disruption.
In line with this, EOS reports seeing an increase of customers investing in industrial AM to facilitate the digital production of spare parts on-demand, leading to less warehousing and reduced transportation around the globe.
“At EOS we believe that production in general needs to become more digital, decentralised, and flexible to adapt to ever-changing market requirements and customer needs, which Additive Manufacturing can perfectly address,” commented Marie Langer, CEO.
EOS is constantly aiming to improve its own systems and processes with a view to reduced energy consumption and greater operational efficiency; on the material side, the company is also aiming for bio-based and bio-degradable materials towards a vision of zero waste.
“Sustainable thinking has always been in our company DNA. We have the innovative power and mindset to make a difference,” added Langer. “All of this is a team effort, and we invite partners and customers to join us on this journey and support our goal of establishing responsible manufacturing as the new normal.”