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Sustainable use of wood

A large share of the wood that CIEL WOOD uses for its products comes from the recycling of wood from large demolition works and municipal container parks. This wood is carefully sorted - both by the supplier of the wood and by CIEL WOOD - and freed of any ferrous or non-ferrous metals. The residual fraction is further recycled as much as possible by waste processors.

All of the new wood that CIEL WOOD uses carries the PEFC label. The Program for Endorsement of Forest Certification is an internationally recognized label which ensures that the wood has been produced in an ecologically, socially and economically correct way. Forests are thinned-out in order to promote the growth and health of the trees and, after trees have been cut, new ones from indigenous species are planted. 

CIEL WOOD also uses only pulp wood that, due to its shape, is unusable for manufacturing pieces of furniture and boards, such as curved branches, tree trunks that are too thin and the edge strips of trunks.

Sustainable Products

 CIEL WOOD turns sustainable raw materials into sustainable products, like the click laminate of Quick-Step (CIEL WOOD, division flooring). This laminate can be installed without using any adhesives. It is also possible to move the laminate floor. And, at the end of its service life, the wood can be recycled.

CIEL WOOD, division insulation produces not only insulation materials but also prefabricated insulated roofing elements. The less heat that is lost by a home, the less energy we have to consume and the less CO2 we emit.

CIEL WOOD, division panels produces particle boards that contain a high proportion of recycled wood.

Through research and product innovation, Ciel Wood wishes to even further increase the sustainable character of its products. Methods such as LCA (Life Cycle Analysis) should help us to proactively understand and reduce the environmental impact of existing and new product developments.

Sustainable Production

As far as economically feasible, CIEL WOOD´s production sites apply the best available technologies in order to cause minimum harm to the environment.  

Thanks to the Lean, 5S methods, production losses are avoided at the source as much as possible.  This is supported by training, follow-up and awareness-raising campaigns.

Numerous “end-of-pipe” techniques are also employed in order to prevent environmental pollution, such as gravity separators, settling basins, sand filters for rain water that has come into contact with wood, cyclones and electrical filters at the outlet of exhaust systems. 

The environmental policy is coordinated by the local environmental manager. It is integrated into the entire company policy and, as such, responsibility for its fulfilment is borne by the whole organisation.

Thanks in part to its participation in the Energy Efficiency Benchmark Covenant, the Ciel Wood Flooring site succeeded in reducing its specific energy consumption by 15 % between the beginning of 2008 and the end of 2010. Investments are being made in energy-saving projects at the other Ciel Wood sites as well.    

Sustainable Management

CIEL WOOD, division flooring site also subscribed to the Corporate Sustainability Charter, a programme in which companies can voluntarily participate. To do so they must propose actions on 10 sustainability themes which are evaluated each year by a committee of external experts. Ciel Wood Flooring received the annual certificate of the Corporate Sustainability Charter in 2010 and 2011. The longer-term intention is to apply the principles of the Charter to CIEL WOOD´s other Belgian sites as well. 

CIEL WOOD wants to integrate sustainability principles even more explicitly into its management: in all business processes and all decisions, not only economic but also ecological and social aspects will be taken into consideration. In this way, the company wishes to base its further growth and development on the respect and trust that it builds up and continuously earns from all stakeholders:

•             The shareholders expect not only that profit is made, but also that the company has a long-term vision and perpetuates its growth within a framework of social responsibility.

•             The employees find their salary important, but also such elements as working conditions, working circumstances and atmosphere.

•             Our customers want a beautiful and robust product that is easy to handle and install, as well as one that doesn´t release harmful substances in the home during use. Customers are also interested in what can be done with the products at the end of their service life.

•             Nearby residents, environmental authorities and environmental organisations expect that our production and products cause only a minimum amount of nuisance and harm to the environment. Environmental organisations, consumer associations and environmentally-aware customers also count on the fact that the wood that is used has come from sustainably-managed forests and consequently bears the PEFC or FSC label.

Each stakeholder has a certain set of expectations based on his or her particular values. The challenge for a company consists in striking the right balance between these different wishes.

In order to know and understand these wishes even better, CIEL WOOD attaches great importance to developing and maintaining a good relationship with the different stakeholders. Hence (among other things) our internal information meetings and safety meetings for employees, our contribution to the sustainability policy at the European Forum of employee representatives, our contacts with environmental associations and neighbourhood committees, and our active cooperation with the Federations, both national and European, of the wood-processing industry. The vision of all these stakeholders will, directly or indirectly, help to define the company´s long-term strategy. 

Innovation

trends

In all its product categories, CIEL WOOD follows trends very closely. Trends are the inspiration for stylists and designers who interpret these trends to develop identifiable CIEL WOOD products, products reflecting Ciel Wood’s identity and character, in other words CIEL WOOD’s house style.

Today’s trends evolve to become tomorrow’s classics. Each time, CIEL WOOD strives to develop products that will remain appreciated for their timeless design, even after the trend that initially inspired them has faded away.

Trends are also present at technological level, and emerging new product categories as well as state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques are constantly reviewed and evaluated, keeping in mind future implementation in one of the CIEL WOOD companies.

CIEL WOOD evolves not only with existing trends, but also dares to implement radical changes in products and technologies, and to support or even initiate new trends. With its products and production processes, CIEL WOOD wants to stand at the forefront of technology in its sector.

Experts and Craftsmanship

With its products, CIEL WOOD operates in a field where craftsmanship and skill are essential. The building crafts, manufacturing furniture and floors, are supported here by the most advanced technologies: rapid prototyping, CAD-CAM, simulation techniques. Experts provide a production-ready design of a mature idea, which can be manufactured industrially with a high precision quality, at high automation levels.

Thank to the diversity of its products, CIEL WOOD can rely on in-house experts with knowledge of various technological domains. This melting pot of specialities generates cross-fertilization between the various divisions and avoids short-sightness towards promising techniques originating from neighbouring technical domains.

CIEL WOOD masters the entire production process from raw material to the finished product and is capable of implementing innovations at each step of this process.

CIEL WOOD has the in-house expertise to face the many challenges of intellectual property rights, like the granting of third party patents, starting from the early stages of the development process.

The focus of innovation is always on the product. Each and every time, existing products and their properties are re-evaluated. New or improved features or qualities are added to existing products, and new products are created when the ideal opportunities to support future evolution are provided.

Happy Consumers

Happy consumers, that’s what we’re looking for. CIEL WOOD products aim at conquering a place in the world of conscious consumers. CIEL WOOD’s innovation follows the consumers’ expectations but it also intends to positively surprise them by achieving the unexpected.

CIEL WOOD wants to offer comfort to the consumers over the entire life cycle of the product.

•             Comfort when purchasing. Consumers opt for a well-known brand with a renowned quality: Quick-Step, Didit, U-Therm.

•             Comfort when installing the product. CIEL WOOD wants to be a pleasant partner, also when the product is being installed. Therefore, over the years CIEL WOOD has developed the Uniclic system for Quick-Step floors and for the Didit furniture.

•             Comfort during the life cycle. The timeless character of the design of the Ciel Wood products provides lasting satisfaction. The quality of the CIEL WOOD products guarantees a long life cycle. Depending on the properties required, the best materials are used where it’s necessary.

•             Comfort when the life cycle is over. CIEL WOOD products are designed with the end of the life cycle in mind. A good example for this is the possibility to disassemble Quick-Step floors and Didit furniture plank by plank.

Environment

The Green Environment and Green Engineering

For many years we have held a deep commitment to build a sustainable green business and a green environment for the present and the future. We maintain manufacturing processes which are both efficient and environmental. We produce almost zero waste in our manufacturing processes, from sawmilling through to board manufacture and melamine laminating. Our CARP certificate ensures the product meets the requirements of the most stringent regulation in the world with regards to environment conservation. We promote and compliance with ISO 14001: 2004 standard for environmental management and ISO 28001: 2001 standard for occupational health and safety management system. Ciel Wood continuously receives Green Business Award from state government.

Over the past few years, in order to meet its growing demand for quality raw material supply and improving our environment, Ciel Wood continues to invest heavily in fast-growing plantations nationwide totaling an area of about 120,000.00 acres. This Green Project also provides thousands of job opportunity for local residents and helping regional economic development. We will continue trying our best to build the best resource for our environment and greening our life.

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