Surface Treatment: A Major Investment

Eurocopter has launched a Group-wide environmental policy supported by a dedicated structure and network that is backed to the hilt by Senior Management. New investments in the surface treatment facilities are a direct result of this new policy.


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In March 2009, Eurocopter will inaugurate brand new surface treatment facilities for dynamic components and airframe parts. The new facilities cost 11 million euros and incorporate major environmental advances, including the latest technological breakthroughs. A number of improvements have been made: First, the volume of the treatment baths has been reduced and new emptying/filling areas for chemical products have been created to cut the quantities of chemicals used to the bare minimum. These measures will significantly reduce industrial risk. Next, parts will be degreased in closed installations so that substitutes for trichloroethylene can be used. These installations will also prevent the release of all volatile organic compounds. Another advantage will be cleaner emissions released to the atmosphere as vapors discharged by the baths will be collected by an exhaust system and sent to a new air cleaning unit. A third advantage will be obtained by using semi-automated processes to ensure that the consumption of chemical products is managed more efficiently (substances will be reused to adjust the content of the baths). New, economical rinsing installations and covered treatment tanks will also make it possible to reduce water consumption fivefold by using qualitative and quantitative water management techniques.
This major investment demonstrates Eurocopter’s commitment to using the best technologies currently available, resulting in immediate improvements to the surrounding environment. Investing in environmental protection is another way Eurocopter has assumed its role as a green and socially responsible company.

ARTICLE: CHRISTIAN DA SILVA


ISO 14001 Certification

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Following the ISO 14001 certification of Eurocopter’s German sites in July 2007 and the French sites in February 2008, the Eurocopter site in Albacete received its ISO 14001 certification at the end of 2008. The company “Det Norske Veritas” performed the ISO 14001 audit in Albacete on December 16 and 17, and the site received passing marks. All Eurocopter sites now comply with the same standard. They have also implemented the same environmental management processes and continuous improvement policy.