Mantec Technical Ceramics Stride Towards a greener future

UK manufacturer Mantec Technical Ceramics has made great strides in terms of environmental impact, with the announcement that three of its energy-saving ranges have now been officially classified as carbon neutral products, as certified by the main body for international validation, ClimatePartner.

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The refractory products affected are Ultralite free-flowing bulk fillers – non-hazardous, inert and thermally efficient insulating materials most commonly used in tunnel kiln cars. Ultralite is produced at Mantec’s facilities in Stoke-on-Trent, UK using a proprietary proprietary process.

Sales Director Mark Berrisford said: “We have worked closely with ClimatePartner for some time and I am proud to announce that Ultralite ULF 10, 12 and 14 are now classified as carbon neutral products. We are passionate about reducing our global footprint and this initiative, achieved through comprehensive emissions analysis and then offsetting, is just the first step towards the ultimate goal of Net-Zero. To my knowledge we are the first UK manufacturer of precision/refractory ceramics to achieve Carbon Neutral certification.”

ClimatePartner operates with a multinational team and explains that carbon neutral means that the carbon footprint of a company’s product has been calculated based on internationally recognized standards and fully compensated by supporting global climate action projects.

The certification, which is issued after a thorough analysis, is based on the so-called “system limits”. System boundaries indicate which stages of a product’s life cycle have been made carbon neutral. The following sections have been considered for Ultralite:

• Material acquisition and pre-processing

• Production

• Distribution (to the initial customer)

• End of life

Each carbon offset – such as the one now established by Mantec – has its own unique identification number. This, and related web links, now feature on Ultralite packaging, meaning users can learn more about CO2 emissions associated with products, reduction initiatives in place and carbon offset projects supported. In Mantec’s case, that means investing in an exciting reforestation program in Rio Kama, eastern Nicaragua. Already, one million seedlings of a native species of massive massive bamboo have been planted.

Unlike cutting trees, harvesting this bamboo does not kill the plant. Once fully mature, selective poles are harvested from each clump, allowing ample time for other poles to regenerate. Thus, the carbon stored in the bamboo becomes a permanent sink, with the clumps having a lifespan of 80 years. Bamboo from plantations forms the basis of a wide range of sustainable and deforestation-free products such as fibers or building materials.

Mantec’s broader efforts to improve durability and environmental performance are aided in this case by some of the key characteristics of the Ultralite material. It does not contain refractory ceramic fibers (RCF) and is therefore safe and easy to handle. It is also stable at high temperatures (up to 1450°C/2640°F in the case of ULF 14) and does not degrade in use, meaning it can be reused over and over again. many times, for example after the repair and maintenance of kiln cars. took place.

When it reaches the end of its useful life – and impressively it can be up to 10 years in some circumstances – because Ultralite is not classified as hazardous waste, it can be disposed of safely. in a landfill.

A virtuous circle takes place here“, added Mark, “because this carbon-neutral certification process improves our own environmental credentials, while contributing to similar efforts by our customers. Additionally, Ultralite itself can provide energy savings of up to 40% in kiln car bases, helping to reduce the carbon footprint of the ceramics industry.

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