One of the sustainability issues that lives among customers is the so-called circular economy. Especially in the energy sector it is a subject with fast groing interest.
Reusing products and raw materials is important in the circular economy. In other words: care must be taken to ensure that products and raw materials are not simply thrown away, but we need to analyze whether these products or parts can still be reused.
A good example of reuse can be found in the thrift stores, where used items are given a next chance. But recycling is also part of the circular economy, where materials are reused.
Consider, for example, the recycling of plastic after sortation. In the next phase, new materials such as crates, packaging and even sweaters are made from plastic.
The circular economy is becoming increasingly important for TKF, because raw materials (such as copper, aluminum, oil and gas) are becoming scarcer and the mountain of waste is constantly growing. The demand for the reuse and recycling of products and raw materials is constantly increasing as a result.
TKF has already launched various initiatives to permanently recycle materials.
Consider, for example, the recycling of copper wire. Pure copper waste from TKF (accurately collected in designated waste bins) is re-converted by our regular copper supplier - after a number of processes - into fully usable copper. Cables and cable sections are also separated as much as possible and the options for fully recycling the cables are being considered. This also applies for the plastics that are used, for example, as insulation or outersheath materials.
The above means that (technical) adjustments are sometimes required on the TKF production floor in order to produce and process cables in an even more environmentally friendly way.
Finally, in close consultation with various important customers, we are taking the next steps in the context of the circular economy.