Sustainability and safety

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follow an honest footprint

Sustainability work has no beginning, middle, or ending. It’s a never-ending journey that affects all parts of our business. The road ahead also requires courage, honesty, and humility towards the greatest challenge of our time. We keep you safe, without compromising the future of the planet. Follow us.

Protection along the way

It’s our job to keep you safe. That’s why you can rest assured that we’re always trying to make life secure, fair, and more sustainable for you as well as for people around you. It’s a promise that affects every person that encounters our products or our business around the world. We believe in our own abilities and actions, but we’re always interested in new influences and knowledge. Above all, we stand for who we are. We’re honest about our progress and how we can do better. Our sustainability work is based entirely on products that protect people, property, and processes. Ultimately, our mesh panels save lives. Consequently, we don’t work with safety for the sake of the environment, we do it for the sake of our customers, without compromising the future of humankind and the natural world.

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“The key is to find a balance between safety and sustainability.”
- Thomas Widstrand, CEO

Promises need actions

Vague promises about saving the world and future generations from climate change aren’t credible. Empty words won’t change a thing. At Troax, we believe that specific actions and continuous improvements speak louder than words. Let’s be honest. A steel product will neither be completely environmentally friendly nor sustainable, but a Troax product will always have many benefits from an environmental and a sustainability point of view. We make it easy for our customers to make a difference in their everyday lives and in the bigger picture. Our customers know what they’re buying and how it effects the environment.

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CALCULATING REALITY

 
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99% RECYCLABLE STEEL

 
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PERFECTLY BALANCED DESIGN

 
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FOCUS ON THE GREY AREAS

Grey and black colours are better from a climate and sustainability perspective. Compared to yellow and other vibrant colours, grey and black require less coats of colour, resulting in more environmentally friendly surfaces.
Moreover, grey is also the most common Troax colour, making it more efficient in our production process. Grey is our standard colour, but our products can be delivered in your colours of choice to match your company profile.


MAKE CONSCIOUS CHOICES IN DRAWIT

Troax Drawit allows you to place our machine guarding products onto a drawing surface in your browser. All products and colours that are better from an environmental point of view are highlighted with green leaves. Hence, Troax Drawit isn’t only a powerful and user-friendly configuration tool, it’s also allowing you to make better and more conscious choices. Layout tools like Troax Drawit, combined with our products, create smarter solutions.

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Troax has been certified in accordance to ISO 14001 since 1998.
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Troax operates with the goal of reducing our energy consumption by 2% per annum relative to the number of kilograms of steel consumed by the company.
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Our Swedish facility in Hillerstorp accounts for about 1% of our climate impact. It's based on direct greenhouse gas emissions and indirect emissions from purchased electricity, heating, and cooling. Transports to customers account for just over 6% and production of steel (external mills, plants and so on) account for 93%.

Completing the circle

Troax is part of the global circular economy, but we can’t complete the circle by ourselves. Our products are designed to be used on an everyday basis for a long period of time. They can also be recycled. Unfortunately, we have no control of the recycling process, but we encourage all customers to recycle at the end of the product life cycle. This is an important issue to address when delivering products to our customers around the world. Our products can also be reused for originally intended purposes, given that they’re not damaged in any way.

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Global And local

The UN agenda for sustainable development, provides a good blueprint for our ambitions, now and beyond 2030. In addition to multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we have pinpointed three priority focus areas for our sustainability efforts. All focus areas are central to us and for our activities with our stakeholders. Furthermore, we also take pride in our core values in everyday operations and in a long-term perspective. We’ll continue to develop our internal sustainability program in the years to come by educating the organisation and setting new goals for the company. Additionally, we’ll stay present on the global arena, ensuring a reduced number of transports from our factories to our customers. Purchasing of steel and transports will continue to be two of our most important key issues.

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Calculating reality

Troax has made CO2 emissions calculations that provide approximate values for the larger article groups. In this way, our customers can make better decisions for themselves and the environment. The calculations also make it easier to compare products from a CO2 perspective. For the time being, our calculations only include articles that were sold and invoiced from our facility in Hillerstorp, Sweden, during 2021. The total amount of products was then multiplied by article weight, ending up with a total weight. That weight was in turn multiplied by 1,29 (the ratio between virgin steel and recycled steel) to calculate the total amount of CO2. In our calculations, we didn’t take end-of-life recycling of steel into consideration. Troax has no control of what our customers do with their steel products at the end of the product life cycle. In addition, the recycling process differs greatly from market to market. More information is available in Troax Sustainability Report. 

99 % recyclable steel

Our steel products are 99% recyclable. At the end of the product life cycle, our products can be put back into circulation and become new steel products. Our products are also easy to assemble, disassemble, and sort, making the recycling process smoother and more energy efficient. Just like many other metals, steel can be recycled without any degradation to its properties. Due to the inherent value of steel, the recycling process is quite complex. The recycling rate also differs depending on market, industry, and country. Unfortunately, Troax has no control of this process, but we encourage recycling of our products and reuse, if possible. Our panels are always painted in standard or custom colours to match specific profiles. That’s why our products aren’t 100% recyclable. 

WE WANT MORE RECYCLED STEEL
When you’re buying a steel product, you’re also buying a recyclable product, but not necessarily a product made of recycled steel. Preferably, we would use only recycled steel instead of virgin materials, but reality isn’t that simple. The global steel market, including steel mills around the world, dictates the availability of recycled steel. Based on the global annual consumption in all industries, the availability of recycled steel isn’t sufficient to satisfy the demand. Put simply, demand is much greater than supply. About half of the input goods to Troax in Sweden consist of recycled steel. During 2021, we used 51% recycled steel in wires and tubes at our production facility in Hillerstorp. Due to lack of supply, it wasn’t possible to increase the amount of recycled steel. By 2030, our ambition is to use 80% recycled steel or alternative steel in our production. 

perfectly balanced design

All product development projects carried out by the Swedish division entail a mandatory environment analysis with the aim of identifying important environmental aspects. The analysis is a natural extension of the pre-study and the product specification, covering everything from material and production to logistics. Every single analysis follows a standardised method and protocol. A good rating means increased environmental properties. If the analysis results in a low rating on any factor, this must be emphasised and made subject to improvement measures where possible. The key is to find a perfect balance between safety and sustainability. In the end, Troax is in business to keep people safe. 

STRONGER AND SAFER
In terms of results from the analyses, there are several good examples of both safer and more environmentally efficient products. An example is our Strong Fix 80X80 post. The post is part of one of our most robust and popular systems. Based on the analysis and a series of tests, we decided to optimise the construction. By reducing the thickness, we also managed to reduce the use of steel by 36%. Due to improved system properties, the new post is even safer, despite a significant material reduction. In addition, the reduction of steel makes it easier to transport and install the post. Safer for the user and smarter for the environment. 

SMARTER AND SMOOTHER
Our patented system for splicing of tall posts, Smart Splice, is another great example. In short, Smart Splice replaces traditional wrap-around extension brackets, resulting in a neat and strong fit inside the post. By splicing inside the post, time is saved during logistics and installation. It also looks good. Most importantly, Smart Splice can withstand 1.600 joules.

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Focus areas

• Reduced environmental impact
• Decent working conditions
• High standard of business ethics

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Core values

• Customer focus
• Respect
• Cooperation

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