KOMET’s environmentally-friendly manufacturing facility is a success

March 21, 2012

Issue 4

Rock Hill, S.C. – Apr. 6, 2010 – Not only is KOMET dedicated to providing its customers with highly specialized and precise dental rotary instruments, but the company is proud to promote that its products are manufactured in an environmentally-friendly facility located in Lemgo, Germany. For the last 12 years, the company has taken great measures to use and recycle rain water, reduce its carbon dioxide output and use solar energy for all its power needs.

Rock Hill, S.C. – Apr. 6, 2010 – Not only is KOMET dedicated to providing its customers with highly specialized and precise dental rotary instruments, but the company is proud to promote that its products are manufactured in an environmentally-friendly facility located in Lemgo, Germany.

For the last 12 years, the company has taken great measures to use and recycle rain water, reduce its carbon dioxide output and use solar energy for all its power needs.

“Climate change and global warming is at the forefront of many political debates,” said Klaus Rübesamen KOMET’s Chief Executive Officer. “As industries and manufacturers plan how they will reduce their negative impact on the environment, KOMET is leading the way in manufacturing our rotary instruments in a ‘green’ facility. We also are extremely proud that all our employees have supported our environmental-friendly efforts.”

Since 1998, KOMET has used rain water for all its sanitary purposes in both the manufacturing plant and administrative offices in Lemgo. Rain water covers about 10% of the factory’s annual usage, and non-treated water is heated by compressors and processed in a closed cycle for a designated period of time. When treated water cannot be treated anymore, it will run through another cleaning cycle and be disposed without affecting the surrounding environment.

KOMET has used solar energy to power its factory for the last 4 years. A solar power system, installed on the factory’s roof, generates power by using 140 silicon crystal glass modules-meaning if the sun is not shining, power is still generated from stored solar energy. In addition, three heat exchangers heat approximately 26,000 square meters of both the administrative and manufacturing buildings, avoiding the production of large quantities of carbon dioxide.

In addition to solar panels, 43% of the roof is covered with plants and greenery. This foliage filters the surrounding air, binds loose dust and provides a sound buffer reducing noise pollution.

KOMET also instituted the Job Ticket Program 12 years ago, encouraging more than 100 KOMET employees to use public transportation to and from work. This travel alternative allows KOMET to lower is carbon dioxide output from daily motor vehicle traffic; and with this reduction, KOMET transformed most of its parking lots into green areas.

“Our customers know that anything we do might have an impact on the environment, and I think it’s important to make our high environmental standards better known here in the United States,” said Warren A. White, KOMET USA’s Chief Operating Officer of Sales and Marketing. “Not only do we want to position ourselves as one of the fastest growing rotary instrument company in North America, but we want to assure our customers we are doing so with little or no effect to the environment.”

About KOMET USA

KOMET is a recognized worldwide leader in the production of highly specialized and precise dental rotary instruments. KOMET operates in the United States under the name KOMET USA, and sells direct to practitioners and dental laboratories. The Company’s US headquarters is located in Rock Hill, South Carolina. For more information about KOMET USA, please call 888-566-3887 or visit www.komet-usa.com.