SHANGHAI, China – The Chongqing 2 Assembly Plant (CAF2) of Changan Ford Automobile received the Environmental Quality Office (EQO) APA Environmental Leadership Award at a regional environmental workshop held in Thailand.
To recognize the achievements made by plants on environmental protection and green manufacturing, each year EQO APA presents a leadership award to a project in the region which demonstrates “Environmental Leadership, Environmental Benefit and Financial Impact”.
The Paint Sludge Reduction initiative of CAF2 stood out among others for its replicability, cost benefits and environmental leadership in the region. By utilizing low-pressure heating equipment to dewater the paint sludge, the moisture content of the sludge decreased dramatically from 80 percent to less than 10 percent, which lead to a significant reduction in the amount of paint sludge disposal and cost. This initiative has helped save more than US$150,000 each year on sludge disposal.
“CAF2’s project demonstrates excellent teamwork. It also aligns with one of the key points of our environmental strategic direction, which is to take resource conservation actions specifically toward eliminating land disposal,” said Andy Hobbs, EQO Director.
“We’re honored and grateful to receive this award,” said Marin Burela, president, Changan Ford Automobile (CAF). “CAF doesn’t just make cars, we are a part of society and we take this very seriously. Beyond our high-quality, green, safe and smart products, we feel strongly that we have a responsibility to the communities and the environment where we live and work. It’s very rewarding when our continued efforts to expand our green manufacturing capabilities are recognized by prestigious awards like this ".
This year 17 applications were received from manufacturing plants across the region. Other finalists included the Paint Sludge Reduction initiative at Broadmeadows Assembly Plant, and VOC Emission Reduction initiatives at both Chennai Assembly Plant and AAT Assembly Plant.
“During this period of rapid growth in APA, it is important that we continue to focus on environmental stewardship,” said Gary Johnson, vice president, Manufacturing, APA. “The 17 projects submitted by our plants indicate an expertise and commitment by our employees that will continue to drive Ford forward.”
The objective of EQO is to work with each plant to encourage best practices in manufacturing. In recent years, the manufacturing plants in APA have introduced numerous green technologies, which demonstrate Ford’s commitment to “green” and the “Go Further” global brand promise. These technologies include 3-Wet painting, Rotated entry e-coat dip, Minimum Quantity Lubricant (MQL) machining, and Reverse Osmosis (RO) water recycle systems.
Equipment installed for drying the sludge in CAF2
Alex Lu, CAF2 plant environmental engineer, presenting the paint sludge reduction project at the workshop.