An opening ceremony hosted by Chairman of ECCO Leather Dieter Kasprzak and attended by a number of VIP guests marked the opening of an advanced high-tech leather cutting plant next to the company’s tannery in Xiamen, China. The new plant is destined to be a centre for leather cutting excellence of the ECCO Leather Group.
Plant is a net energy producer
Factory design, cutting systems, and machinery have been chosen to ensure minimum usage of energy but maximising the utilisation of leather material. In continuation of ECCO Leather’s longstanding efforts to minimise its environmental impact, the new plant has been equipped with highly efficient rooftop photovoltaic solar panels, providing renewable energy which not only meets the demand of its most important customer that the factory must be energy-neutral; the cutting plant, having covered its own energy needs, exports surplus energy to the ECCO Tannery. It is therefore a net energy producer.
The building surface of the new cutting plant is 7,134 M2, of which solar panels cover 4,569 M2. The panels can potentially create 959,450 KWH/year, more than three times the expected energy consumption of the new cutting plant.
ECCO Leather runs several programmes to reduce water and energy consumption as well as waste to minimise the impact of its activities on the environment. Once these developments have been tested successfully, they will be rolled out to all ECCO’s units.