Henkel Maribor opens new building for Wastewater Treatment

Henkel Maribor recently opened a new wastewater treatment building on its premises, a 4.7-million-euro investment to serve as a commitment to sustainable development made by Henkel’s business and production operations.

The opening ceremony was attended by Slovenian president Borut Pahor, mayor of the municipality of Maribor, Saša Arsenovič, German ambassador to Slovenia Klaus Riedel, and the Austrian ambassador in Slovenia Mag. Sigrid Berka.

The new building boasts state-of-the-art technology to clean industrial wastewater produced by sites, ridding the wastewater of surfactants and grease and thus lowering the chemical oxygen demand. The treatment plant cleans up to 450 m³ of water per day, or 19 m³/h and reduces the waste load up to 90 per cent, so the water can go to the municipal wastewater treatment plant.

Christof Vollstedt, director of Henkel Maribor, stated during the opening ceremony that the facility continuously works on developing more intelligent processes in order to manufacture high quality products, following the desires of customers and ensuring clear evidence of sustainability throughout the entire value chain. “The new waste water plant reflects Henkel’s strong commitment to its own sustainability strategy”, he further mentioned.

“With the same diligence for sustainability, we live up to the expectation of our social responsibility in this region as one of the biggest employers around. More than 700 women and men are working for Henkel Maribor d.o.o. in production areas and competence centres for microbiology, material planning, packaging development, and research and development. Investing in this technology demonstrates Henkel’s dedication to providing now, and also in the future, products with superior quality and value from Maribor”.

“This investment shows impressively and proves clearly that the strategy of our corporation to becoming more sustainable is seriously targeted and followed with full commitment from our board and shareholders”, stated Matthias Czaja, Corporate Senior Vice President, Henkel Global Supply Chain B.V. “This impressive new building with its state-of-the-art technology inside is also a clear sign that Henkel continues and extends its business engagement in Slovenia and especially in the city of Maribor where we have operated successfully already for nearly three decades.” In the same vein, he said: “Today the factory became an integral part of the Henkel network and, from the beginning, we have implemented numerous projects for production extensions, modernisations and sustainable development. To summarize our engagement with figures: During the last five years, Henkel has invested in this site more than 35 Million Euros.”