The new compressed air production plant and related heat recovery system is now operational at the Piano della Rocca facility
At the Piano della Rocca paper mill, the new compressed air production plant and related heat recovery system are now officially operational. As expected when designing the project, the technology implemented saves a considerable amount of electricity and, as a result, reduces CO2 emissions for producing the compressed air required for the entire production facility. The new machines produce compressed air more efficiently and, unlike the previous setup, are powered by variable speed motor, ensuring the highest level of performance under any load condition. Moreover, the new compressors are equipped with a heat recovery system from the cooling circuit. This heat, which would otherwise be dissipated, is used to heat up water to supply the entire heating system and sanitary water of the newly built offices and locker room at the facility. These projects prove the ongoing commitment of the ICT Group to energy efficiency, sustainability and environmental protection.
The Body(in)work project
ICT Poland is committed to promoting sports initiatives and looks after the physical health of its employees. As part of the Foxy Fit programme, employees are divided into groups and are encouraged to spend time together doing activities such as jogging, football, cooking healthy meals, fitness classes, etc. Physical activity has also been introduced at the workplace. Two of our employees who are also fitness instructors, Kamila and Marta, launched the body(in)work programme – a short series of health-promoting exercises designed to loosen tense muscles, stimulate circulation and relax at work. The aim of the project is to give employees the opportunity to perform several exercises during work breaks to improve their psychological and physical well-being.
ICT Group remains committed to sustainability and environmental protection
After rebuilding at the paper mills in Italy and at ICT Poland, the new vacuum system has now been put into operation at ICT France. The vacuum generating system for PM31 consists of two blowers and saves a considerable amount of electricity, resulting in lower CO2 emissions and a drastically lower amount of water used in the vacuum system. Turbo blower technology is currently one of the best solutions to reduce the energy impact, in line with the requirements of the BREF (Best Available Techniques Reference Document) for the paper industry. We are proud of achieving this result and of the amazing teamwork behind this project.
Marca 2020 Trade Fair
On the 15th and 16th of January, Bologna’s Exhibition Centre will host Marca, the only Italian event entirely devoted to commercial brands, where over 750 companies exhibit outstanding Italian Private Label products. Now at its 16th edition, Marca is a must-attend event for all Private Label professionals and market leaders. ICT Group will be there and looks forward to seeing you in Hall 36/Booth A32 – B31 to present its products.
Christmas contest at ICT Ibérica
Once again this year, ICT Ibérica organised the Christmas drawing competition for children. There were more participants in this sixth edition than in previous years, with 90 drawings in total. We are very grateful that this initiative was so well received by the families and for the quality of the works submitted. As every year, the participants showed remarkable creativity and brought the Christmas spirit to the factory by decorating the installations with their works. In the 0-4 years category, we received 27 drawings. The selected finalists were: África Romera (age 4), Adrián Gómez (age 4), Víctor Vallejo (age 4) and Damiel Suleiman (age 4). The winner was Víctor Vallejo. In the 5-8 years category, we received 44 drawings. The selected finalists were: María Luengo (age 7), Ixeia Alcaine (age 6), María Herranz (age 8) and Nadia Suleiman (age 6). The winner was María Luengo. In the 9-12 years category, we received 19 drawings. The selected finalists were: Belén Ruiz (age 9), Rosa Méndez (age 12) and Ana Luengo (age 11). The winner was Belén Ruiz. Congratulations to all of the participants and best wishes to our winners.”
Health and safety training: the experience of ICT Poland
ICT Poland organised a month full of events dedicated to training in matters of health and safety, both in the workplace and at home. All employees had the opportunity to participate in a series of workshops and practical activities covering various topics, such as fire risk, chemical risk in the workplace, ecology and separate waste collection, postural education, first aid, etc. The project helped strengthen corporate culture in terms of training and awareness of the importance of safety in everyday life. Working with qualified partners with extensive experience and a high degree of professionalism proved to be beneficial for us, and everyone showed great interest. Finally, it was really important for us to listen to what the participants had to say: they provided useful advice and input for the future.
“Brand Industry Meetings – Modern Distribution”
The seminar“Brand Industry Meetings – Modern Distribution” wa s held on 25th and 26th September At the Milanofiori Congress Centre in Assago (Milan). This 2019 edition was the most attended ever, with over 180 companies represented and more than 650 managers participating during the two days. The topics covered were mainly focused on sell-out and sustainability guidelines. Throughout, leading representatives of Amazon, Carrefour, Coop Italia, Conad, Gruppo Ve’Ge ’, MD and Selex were able to present a preview of the plans for 2019-2020; whereas the in-depth speeches given by Bain and Deloitte analysed the distribution scenario and the economic-financial performance of the distribution companies, respectively. The speeches given by the Chairperson of Centromarca, Francesco Mutti, Columnist of the Italian daily newspaper Repubblica, Stefano Folli, Economist, Carlo Cottarelli, and the Chairperson of Ipsos, Nando Pagnoncelli, were particularly interesting.
ICT supports education
At ICT Italia, we recognise the importance of education in achieving professional and personal growth, which is why in 2019 we will once again translate this idea into action with the “Study with ICT” call for applications, aimed at supporting our employees’ families by purchasing school textbooks, from middle school to university, and covering university enrolment and tuition fees for their offspring. This initiative has been in place for several years now and has been very well received by our staff.
The paper mill, in Piano della Rocca, obtains ISO 14001 certification
For many years now, we have been managing our processes and activities in accordance with the most stringent environmental standards, including the ISO 14001 standard. In confirmation of this fact, the environmental management system of the Piano della Rocca paper mill has also been recently and successfully audited by the certification body SGS Italia S.p.A. The certificate of conformity with the ISO 14001:2015 standard, which has been updated following the successful outcome of the audit, is now available in the Sustainability section of the website.
New developments at the ICT plant in Italy
Works are finally over: the new offices in Piano della Rocca are now ready to host our staff. With this new project, flows have also been modified in order to ensure greater safety and optimise logistics. All of the works were completed as planned and they mark a major improvement for the facility.