Sustainability Commitment

With great innovations comes great responsibility. Therefore, we have carried out an internal sustainability policy that guides us while growing as a business. In the following passages we therefore share our thoughts on the contributions, ripple effects and impacts that our business might have on society. While doing this, we sometimes refer to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), carried out by the UN. More information on the SDGs can be found on https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/.

Take into account that we are a business-to-business type of company. Thus, when we refer to users of our products and services, we talk about our business partners in the next step of the value chain, i.e. our customers. In contrast to users, end consumers corresponds to the company or private person in the final step of the value chain that puts the final product in its dedicated application. In some cases, users and end-consumers might be the same actor.

Input

When talking about input, we refer to acitivities required to carry out the resources our suppliers provide in order for us to create value. The coatings provided by us are all based on common and natural abundant chemical elements – magnesium, calcium, silicone, oxygen and nitrogen. That also make our coatings competitive in terms of their low ecological footprint in the extraction phase.

Activity

This refers to our own internal processes and operations. We choose to meet customer requirements by providing manufacturing licenses (secret recipes) for users, i.e. owners of the physical vapor deposition (PVD) systems. In addition to that, we create value by processing the consumption materials required for production. In summary, our coatings are implemented in already existings production lines, why negative environmental contributions generated in-house are negligible.

Output

By output we refer to the sustainability benefits generated among our users. With high performance vitreous coatings applied as a protective thin film, lifetimes of products will increase, and potential maintenance costs will decrease.

Being multifunctional, our coatings can accomplish several in-demand attributes in one single process, e.g. abrasion resistance and anti-reflection. Thus, emissions from unnecessary process steps can be avoided and lead times can be shortened down.

With no gas emissions coming out of the PVD process, the only negative impact allocated to production would be based on the origin of the electricity it is driven by.

Outcome

Refers to the ripple effects generated by a growing amount of HPViCo users. When we establish ourselves in the greater customer base, the HPViCo market share increase, leading to an increased demand for longevity of goods among the end consumers. In turn, the ”pull” from the market can aid our users in their sustainability transition.

We believe that the accumulated benefits (input-activity-output-outcome) of improving user life times makes us contributors of SDG 12.2 – ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns by achieving sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources before 2030.

Impact

So what is our possible impact on a macro level? By being able to provide multifunctional coatings in one single process step, we also work with a long-time vision of contributing to the sustainability transition by making a modular industry feasible, avoiding future technical lock-ins. This long-term vision corresponds to SDG 9.4 – build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation by upgrading all industry and infrastructure for improved sustainability before 2030.