Ecological sustainability

Ecological sustainability in production: Regeneration in production


At OBO, production waste is not simply thrown away. 
OBO uses only high-quality raw materials for its products. One of these is the universal plastic PVC, which, for example, is used in the production of wiring ducts.

Through an innovative recycling process, the material can now be employed even more efficiently. The punched waster is run to the extrusion process as so-called regenerate. A complex recycling process ensures that the material quality of the 923 tonnes of PVC regenerate produced each year stays the same. At the same time, a lot of energy is saved. To be more precise: 415 tonnes of oil, 314 tonnes of gas and 111 tonnes of coal. That corresponds to a reduction in CO2 emissions of 1,108 tonnes.


Ecological sustainability in production: The green future of cable tray systems


OBO revolutionises modern cable tray routing – with the new KTS Magic products. 
"Are real innovations still possible in the field of cable support systems?" When the OBO think tank asked itself this question for the first time, no one thought that they would be able to answer "Yes". However, OBO has provided proof that it is still possible with the unique, patented DUO-Plus manufacturing method. It means not only that the medium-duty and heavy-duty OBO cable support systems have a high load-bearing capacity and are more easy to mount, but also that they are more environmentally friendly.

The environment also profits from the new DUO-Plus manufacturing method and the fully redeveloped systems' technology: During the production of the cable trays, approx. 2,600 tonnes less of CO2 are emitted than in standard methods. Converted into kilometres driven by a normal car, that equates to 375 trips around the world. To compensate for this volume of CO2 per year, approx. 200,000 young beech trees would need to be planted.


Ecological sustainability with new materials: Growing demand for sustainable raw materials


OBO now offers the known and often-used VBS products made from sustainable raw materials. 
The material of the new GREEN PRODUCTS is made of innovative plastics, based on sustainable raw materials, e.g. cellulose (component of wood) or organic polyamide. The properties remain unchanged: The material can be processed just as well as comparable products made of standard plastic. There is also no difference in the lifespan.

The use of the new GREEN PRODUCTS represents a further step by OBO towards more sustainability. By reducing the use of fossil resources, the products meet contemporary requirements for more environmentally friendly buildings in a special way.


Ecological sustainability in energy consumption: Known reliability is now available with integrated light.


Through integrated LED lights, OBO cable support systems can now offer increased efficiency and safety in car parks. 
OBO and Hella are jointly opening a new chapter in the field of lighting – with cable support systems and integrated universal LED modules. This has created unimagined benefits in mounting and in continuous operation. The basis of this new type of installation is light units, made up of a cable tray, cable ladder or an AZ small duct and an LED module. The integrated system is characterised by low energy consumption, an extra-long lifespan, robustness and low maintenance. It is well worth making a comparison with standard light systems: with 3,000 luminaires and an amortisation time of under 1.5 years, a lifespan of 30 years produces savings of 3 million euros in operating costs and CO2 savings of 600 tonnes p.a. (0.57 kg/kWh).


Ever more power from regenerative energy sources


A key resource for the production of 30,000 OBO products is energy. The Menden site alone requires around 20 million kilowatt hours of power each year. It is clear that such a demand carries a special responsibility. For this reason, OBO has switched to natural power, generated from 100% regenerative sources.

By choosing power from renewable sources, OBO is reducing CO2 emissions by 9,800 tonnes per year. As a comparison: The same amount would be created if each of the 2,000 OBO employees were to travel 28,000 kilometres in their car every year. In order to save such a volume of CO2 in a biological manner, it would be necessary to plant, for example, 783,000 beech trees. 
The flawless origins of our green power are tested and certified by TÜV Süd according to strict directives. The change represents a further step by OBO towards more sustainability.

The OBO factory in Hungary is using a different source of environmentally friendly power. The new photovoltaic system, with a total output of 13,000 Wp, uses the power of the sun to support the operation of factory's own production systems.