LOOKING TO RECYCLE INDUSTRIAL HOSES?
NORWEGIAN HYDRO POWER
With a production facility powered by electricity from renewable Norwegian hydro power . Mandals can claim to be the world’s most environmentally friendly producer of lay-flat hoses. This, however, is not enough.
“We will of course strive to continue to be the world’s most environmentally friendly producer, but our ultimate goal is for all our products to be recyclable. This will take time and effort, but we are determined to find a solution for the better of Mandals, our customers and for the world,” says Mjåland.
Recycling of lay-flat hoses is part of the strategic
roadmap for world-leading producer Mandals.
“Our long-term goal is to develop a system for recycling our industrial hoses. It would allow for our customers to hand back their used hoses, and for us to re-use the structures and materials from them to make new world-class products,” says Knut Mjåland, CEO of Mandals.
The plan is laid out in the company’s strategic roadmap, an ambitious document that provides direction for the development of Mandals.
“We have high standards and ambitions for a more sustainable future. Mandals is fortunate to have Michelin as our owner, a company with equally high standards for how to work in compliance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals,” says Mjåland.
RECYCLING BUSINESS MODEL
Mandals takes part in several research and development projects to explore how renewable and recycled materials can be used in the production of high-end industrial hoses. A 10 million NOK project is already underway with the purpose of developing hoses from renewable materials. In September, Mandals applied for funds from the European Union’s largest research program, Horizon 2020, to find a way to develop a recycling process and re-use of the polyester-based weave material in the hoses.
“We are continuously identifying steps to reduce our environmental footprint. Mandals has developed a hose with double durability, which of course increases lifespan and also decreases life-cycle costs significantly,” explains John Espeland, R&D Manager at Mandals.