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Most Innovative Company of the Year 2015 award

27 May 2016

On the 27th of May 2016, Zimalco won SEIFSA's Most Innovative Company of the Year 2015 award.

Below is an extract from SEIFSA's presentation speech:

"The winner in the Most Innovative Company of the Year Category for 2015 is Zimco Aluminium Company for its impressive Industrial Energy Efficiency programme which has seen it integrate its Environmental Management System with its existing SHEQ Integrated Management System (IMS) to reap significant rewards within a six-month period.  Following a directive from Zimco's holding company, ECOBAT, for all Zimco Group subsidiaries to implement an Environmental Management System in accordance with international standards, Zimco sent its Group SHEQ Manager to enrol in the CSIR's Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) Environmental Management System and subsequently put its Engineering Manager and Electrical Foreman on a two-day in-house End User training programme.  Together with the Technical Manager, these individuals continued on the EnMS expert programme.

This investment significantly influenced Zimalco's IEE initiatives, which culminated in the integration of a complete EnMS with the SHEQ IMS within five months. The results were phenomenal:

  • a R335 000 investment paid back within a year and led to savings of R501 000 within six months;
  • a five-ton furnace with gas consumption of 2,4 Giga Joules per hour (GJ/hr) was converted into a 12-ton furnace with a reduced gas consumption of 1,3GJ/hr; and
  • a reduction of 299 tons of Green House Gas emissions in six months was recorded.

These accomplishments were based on a rigorous staff training regimen that ensured that all employees understood what needed to be done and what it needed to be done."

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