Corporate responsibility at EOS is a central aspect in the development and optimisation of our industrial 3D printing solutions. In addition, we support our suppliers and customers, in achieving their sustainability targets.
EOS assumes corporate responsibility (CR). We are driven by aspects like global challenges, a growing awareness for sustainability, our shareholders' expectations, and our own motivations. Our contribution to a sustainable development is a supporting pillar of our corporate strategy – and its maximisation a criterion in all of our decisions. To this end, we cooperate with our business partners and create added value that benefits our customers, EOS, and the environment.
Creating value together
In early December 2016, the environmental management system of EOS GmbH's Krailling facility was officially validated/certified according to EMAS III and ISO 14001.
Our initiatives in the field of corporate responsibility are also geared to the needs of our customers. At the same time, case studies are to serve as a model for future business relations. It is our intent to create added value in joint projects with our customers. The target is to develop optimized products that consume less energy and less material. EOS technology can therefore give rise to flexible and individual production solutions. At the same time, we can support our customers in achieving their sustainability targets.
Together with our customers, we are constantly working towards optimising the entire supply chain and enhancing transparency. Our target is to reduce energy consumption, the use of materials, and the volume of waste. To this end, we are intensifying our collaboration with suppliers and customers and developing new forms of cooperation. A transparent supply chain helps to identify potential failure and cost risks before they can arise, giving us enough time to develop alternative models together with our partners.
The development of our employees forms a central constituent of our personnel strategy. We take seriously the challenges posed by the future demographic trend. For this reason, we develop strategies to find solutions that we are now incorporating actively in the dialogues with our employees, internal application processes, our offers for health protection, and other actions like mobility management.
We are fully aware of our role and our responsibility as a leading provider of e-Manufacturing technology. In line with this, we are developing a concept that shows how our systems can be operated with the greatest possible energy efficiency. This concept and our extensive knowhow we also provide to our customers. In the new EOS company building we present model solutions that illustrate how our systems can be used for the optimal energy efficiency.
The constant optimisation of our products is to reduce energy and material consumption even further and improve the recyclability of parts. As a means to gauge the effectiveness of our work, we have methodically quantified the product carbon footprint (PCF) for our current laser sintering systems. This specifies the quantity of carbon dioxide released when 1 kg of material is laser-sintered. Our target is to analyse and reduce the PCF with every new development. At the same time, we intend to reduce even further the resources used per kilogram of sintered material and develop an optimised disposal concept for recycling waste powder.
Over longer periods of use, the advantages offered by products made with EOS e-Manufacturing technology will come more strongly to the fore. Additive Manufacturing allows consistent and efficient lightweight designs, attributes that are enjoying ever greater importance e.g. in aviation. Airlines profit from the reductions in both fuel consumption and emissions.
We are expanding our knowhow for lifecycle analyses and product carbon footprints (PCF) and share this with our customers. This helps them to achieve their sustainability targets. We are constantly expanding our PCF database with data on the CO2 emissions per kilogram of sintered material. These data and our knowhow we provide to our customers. The PCF and lifecycle assessment (LCA) can therefore be calculated for a specific application.