With the presentation of two prestigious awards to the AT&S plants in Shanghai, China, and Nanjangud, India, AT&S was able to demonstrate that the sustainable, efficient and resource-saving production of high-end printed circuit boards has long been a reality for the company.
“Green Plant Certificate” for AT&S Shanghai
The AT&S plant in Shanghai, the world’s largest production site for HDI printed circuit boards, has been awarded the “National Green Plant Certificate”. This certificate is a key element of the Chinese “Green Manufacturing System” introduced in 2016, which aims at speeding up industrial development in China while maintaining high environmental standards. The seal, which has only been awarded to a handful of China’s industrial plants so far, is awarded to outstanding companies that have demonstrated a clear commitment to sustainability in their respective industries and use state-of-the-art technologies and environmentally friendly practices in their production facilities. The innovative water recycling system at the Shanghai site, optimized process management and the implementation of various projects to increase energy efficiency and effectiveness at the AT&S plant were some of the key factors in meeting the necessary certification standards.
AT&S India receives ELCINA Award
At almost the same time, AT&S India received the ELCINA Award for Excellence in PCB Manufacturing for its Nanjangud production site near the Indian high-tech centre of Bangalore. The prize is awarded annually by the Electronic Industries Association of India (ELCINA) in recognition of outstanding achievements in printed circuit board manufacturing. The ELCINA Award is presented on the basis of strict criteria such as technology upgrades, environmental protection, sustainable growth rate and product complexity and is highly regarded in the field of electronics manufacturing in India.
“I am delighted that our efforts in the area of environmentally friendly and at the same time economically efficient, sustainable production of high-end printed circuit boards are being acknowledged,” says AT&S CEO Andreas Gerstenmayer. “In the long term, our goal is to become the benchmark for the industry as a whole and to live up to our environmental, economic and social responsibilities as the world’s leading supplier of high-end printed circuit board solutions. Being successful as a company in the long term requires that economic success and ecological responsibility are not at odds.”
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AT&S is the European market leader and one of the globally leading manufacturers of high-value printed circuit boards and IC substrates. AT&S industrialises leading-edge technologies for its core business segments Mobile Devices, Automotive, Industrial, Medical and Advanced Packaging. AT&S has a global presence, with production facilities in Austria (Leoben and Fehring) and plants in India (Nanjangud), China (Shanghai, Chongqing) and Korea (Ansan, near Seoul). The company employed an average of about 10,000 people in the financial year 2017/18. For more information: www.ats.net