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Production: minimise our carbon footprint

Environmentally speaking, production is an important step in the product's lifecycle, and our manufacturing processes have changed over the years as we focus on reducing the carbon footprint at our different sites.

Our strategy involves developing local production capacities with the aim of cutting down on transport, reining in the amount of energy used at our plants and obtaining certification to improve their continuous operation.


Prioritise local production

Gerflor is a firm believer in French-made products and is also well established across the country. By working on a local scale wherever possible, we can reduce the carbon emissions generated by power-hungry transportation.

As such, Gerflor has the following assets in France:

  • 6 plants (19 worldwide)
  • 1,900 employees (total headcount of 4,200)
  • 2 logistics hubs
  • 2 R&D centres
  • 1 in-house design studio
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Lower energy use at our plants

In recent years, we have widely scaled down the amount of energy used at our production sites by actioning several strategies:

Industrial heating and cooling systems offering superior energy efficiency at all our French plants (Tarare, Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux and Grillon). For example, the decision to install closed-circuit cooling systems has widely reduced our water use at those plants, i.e. from 1.5 million m³ a year to 0.25 million since 2000!

Less power-intensive production lines incorporating the best technologies to improve energy efficiency. For example, the new "two metre" roll line at our plant in Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux has resulted in a 30% reduction in energy use.

Switching over to 100% certified green energy in all our plants from hydroelectric sources.

A growing number of electric vehicles instead of diesel trucks. For instance, all the diesel semi-trailers used to handle goods were replaced with electric tractor units at our plant in Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux in 2019, and all handling vehicles at Tarare have been electric since 2022.

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Strive to develop plants offering an increasingly exemplary track record

Generally, we are pursuing a virtuous policy to continually improve our plants' performance. All our sites have achieved the following certification:

  • ISO 9001 for quality
  • ISO 14001 for the environment
  • ISO 50001 for energy

Our initiatives are especially focused on improving working conditions for our employees at our plants, such as:

  • Enhanced acoustic performance for all new industrial projects. For example, the new production line at our plant in Tarare features the latest sound reduction technologies.
  • The flue gas treatment systems have been renewed to minimise any impacts.
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Other steps in our products' lifecycle

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Gerflor, the best solution for your floors

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