Jul 12, 2022

Everything you need to know about eco-friendly manufacturing

It seems like just about everyone in the industry is talking about being eco-friendly, improving sustainability, and the benefits of green manufacturing. Despite economic ups and downs and supply chain woes, manufacturing remains one of the largest sectors of the American economy. And, let’s face it, climate change is real and it’s having a very real impact on manufacturing.

If manufacturers fail to reduce carbon emissions by adopting eco-friendly manufacturing practices, the costs — for businesses, consumers, and the world — will be steep.

The Union of Concerned Scientists notes that in addition to mass migration, security threats, and rising “coping costs” — such as gas, electricity, and water — climate change poses significant threats to the manufacturing world as evidenced by:

Damage to property and infrastructure

As glaciers melt and sea levels rise, floods, droughts, wildfires, and extreme storms will increase. These catastrophic events require time-consuming and costly repair of essential infrastructures such as homes, manufacturing facilities, retail outlets, roads, bridges, railroads, airport runways, power lines, dams, levees, seawalls, and more.

Lost productivity

The Union also notes that “Disruptions in daily life related to climate change can mean lost work and school days and harm trade, transportation, agriculture, fisheries, energy production, and tourism. Severe rainfall events and snowstorms can delay planting and harvesting, cause power outages, snarl traffic, delay air travel, and otherwise make it difficult for people to go about their daily business. Climate-related health risks also reduce productivity, such as when extreme heat curtails construction, or when more potent allergies and more air pollution lead to lost work and school days.”

Why is eco-friendly manufacturing so important?

Inaction is not an option. Still wondering why eco-friendly manufacturing is important and why sustainability needs to be a priority for manufacturers?

The World Economic Forum recently published research that predicts that “The largest impact of climate change is that it could wipe up to 18% of GDP off the worldwide economy by 2050 if global temperatures rise by 3.2°C” and “The global economy could lose 10% of its total economic value by 2050 due to climate change.”

Simply put: It’s past time for manufacturers to embrace eco-friendly manufacturing alternatives and their go-to method and adopt sustainability-focused processes.

How can FluidForming help?

Eco-friendly manufacturing processes — like FluidForming — can help ensure a thriving global economy for today . . . and tomorrow by:

  • Reducing the use of natural resources and energy.
  • Lowering carbon emissions.
  • Maximizing the use of raw materials.
  • Relying on technology advancements that optimize efficiency, resiliency, and sustainability across the full manufacturing life cycle.
  • Building a strong foundation for a global circular economy.

FluidForming is a cold-forming metal forming process

FluidForming is a cold-forming process that helps make eco-friendly manufacturing possible for product developers, innovators, and manufacturers across the country. FluidForming is an inherently green manufacturing process that makes sense for businesses … and the environment.

To learn more about FluidForming, FluidForming Americas’ services, or to purchase a FormBalancer hydroforming metal press for your facility, contact FluidForming Americas at 1-800-497-3545 or email us at info@ffamericas.com.

FluidForming Americas, Inc. is a member of the Precision Metal Forming Association and is AS9100 Rev D, ISO 9001:2015 certified.