Plastics plant earns top environment award
Johnson Controls, the world’s largest manufacturer of automotive batteries, produces plastic cases for its own battery production at the Ceska Lipa plant. Construction of the state-of-the-art facility and the USGBC assessment was completed in the past weeks.
The company earned LEED Silver in part because of a solar panel system that provides the building with electricity and an air conditioning setup that controls individual room temperatures. In addition, a series of mirrors draws sunlight to the building to reduce the use of artificial light. The plant, which was constructed from locally sourced materials, also uses an efficient waste water management system and directly connects to a newly installed bus stop.
On top of the LEED certification, Johnson Controls re-purposes wasted heat from its plastics production line to heat the building.
The development of sustainable products, services and solutions is part of the core strategy of Johnson Controls, as is the consequent reduction of the company's own environmental impact."We are very proud of the award - not least because we are the first Johnson Controls plastics plant to be LEED-certified and there are only a handful of certified industrial sites worldwide," said Pavel Bartos, Česká Lípa plant manager, Johnson Controls Power Solutions.
The development of sustainable products, services and solutions is part of the core strategy of Johnson Controls, as is the consequent reduction of the company's own environmental impact.
“In addition to the plastics plant, Johnson Controls operates an automotive battery plant and a car seat covers plant, making the company one of the largest employers in the region,” said Jose Domingo, Vice President Operations EMEA, Johnson Controls Power Solutions.
The Česká Lípa facility opened in May 2014 and has around 100 employees who produce plastic battery cases and lids. So far, it has produced more than 25 million parts to support battery production at the company’s other facilities in Česká Lípa, Hannover and Zwickau.