Significant reduction of emissions, lower energy consumption and greater plant efficiency, and the drive to continue on a path marked by the sustainability of the entire production process.
These are the main factors that have driven Klopman, European leader in the production of workwear fabrics, to construct a cogeneration plant for its Frosinone production facility. The objective is to replace the existing thermoelectric plant to supply energy to the entire facility within a year.
The new power plant will produce thermal energy and electricity at the same time.
In this way, almost all the thermal energy produced in the combustion process will be recovered and reused. In fact, in a traditional thermoelectric plant, only about 35% of the fuel is transformed into electricity. The remaining 65% is not used and is instead released into the environment in the form of heat, known as thermal energy. Klopman’s new plant has been designed to modulate both the electricity supply and the thermal energy supply, to cope with changes in demand from the facility.
Thanks to its greater efficiency, the new plant will allow a 58.9% reduction in carbon monoxide, 72.1% nitrogen oxide (NOx) and 59.5% of dust, as well as achieving savings of around 4500 tons of CO2 a year. These important results are fully in line with the emissions reduction and air quality improvement targets set by the Regional Plan.
The installation of a cogeneration plant has positive effects on the entire territory, with regard to environmental impact, through the reduction of fuel consumption and emissions, and for the electrical distribution system, through lower transmission losses and distribution by building the system at the company’s premises.
“The brand-new cogeneration plant represents an important investment from an environmental point of view. It makes us particularly proud and represents our latest action addressing the issue of sustainability, a Klopman priority for years.,” says Alfonso Marra, CEO of Klopman. “Attention to the environment is one of our distinctive characteristics visible throughout the production process. With the new power plant, even the production of energy will meet the most advanced criteria of efficiency and environmental sustainability, a mark of respect for the territory that hosts us. Special thanks go to the Provincial Institution, to the Municipality of Frosinone and to all the other institutions that have been involved in the process that has led, thanks to their sensitivity and technical ability, to this important result.”
Klopman International – Company profile
Klopman International s.r.l. has been a European leader in the production and marketing of technical fabrics for workwear for over 50 years, with three business areas dedicated to the different fields of application: Workwear, Protectivewear and Corporatewear. The company was the first to introduce the use of polyester/cotton, gaining a third of the European sector in some sectors and producing fabrics in over 130 styles and different colour shades, some even designed ad hoc for the individual customer. Advanced technologies and centralised process control, which monitors and simultaneously corrects 3,800 machine stitches, are just some of the advantages that make Klopman an industrial jewel and that make its fabrics more resistant to wear shrinkage and colour alterations.
Klopman has its headquarters and production site in Frosinone, Italy, with a plant covering 70,000 square metres, approximately 400 employees, an annual production of 42 million metres of fabric and a turnover of 138 million euro. The CEO, Alfonso Marra, recently launched a global expansion plan which saw the company, which has commercial branch offices in Dusseldorf, Lyon, Moscow, Borås (Sweden), Dubai and Bangkok, opening another production site in Jakarta to serve the Asian market directly.
- In addition to the ISO 9001:2008 certification, Klopman International works in compliance with European quality management standards and is BS EN ISO 14001:2004 and BS OHSAS 18001:2007 certified.
- KLOPMAN and the commitment to sustainability
- Klopman also recently obtained the maximum level of the STeP – Sustainable Textile Production certification.
- Klopman fabrics are certified Oeko-Tex. The Oeko-Tex standards regulate and control the use of harmful substances in textile production. Approval under this standard ensures fabric poses no risk to human health and will provide skin-friendly clothing, even for babies with Oeko-Tex Class 1.
- Klopman fabrics can be produced with Fairtrade-certified cotton: Blended fabrics using 100% Fairtrade certified cotton meet Fairtrade standards validated by Fairtrade (as audited by FLOCERT). Buying products made from Fairtrade-certified cotton ensures that the farmers receive a fair and stable price for their cotton, guaranteeing a better livelihood for their families.
- Klopman supports the BCI (Better Cotton Initiative), a no-profit association responsible for ensuring that the cotton present in the work of those supporting the initiative is produced with constant attention to the environment, to farming communities and the economies of cotton.
- Klopman also offers its customers the possibility of using recycled polyester rather than virgin polyester. The yarn is made with PET water bottles. The recycled polyester is applicable to all Klopman product range, ensuring to the customer Klopman’s high quality standards in terms of comfort, image and durability, while increasing sustainability and respect for the environment.
- All Klopman’s packaging is made of recyclable cardboard; all paper materials used for communication are printed on FSC paper in order to support the promotion of a global forest management that is adequate from an environmental point of view, and advantageous from a social and economically viable point of view.
- The best way to respect the environment is to produce products that last over time. Klopman fabrics are designed to offer long durability, ensuring that the wearer always looks professional.