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Chemplast Sanmar Wins Prize For Its Industrial Garden

The “Industrial Garden” of Chemplast Sanmar at Karaikal was awarded the 1st prize at the 16th Annual Flower Show held here. Experts from the Agriculture Department and the Karaikal College of Agriculture, adjudged Chemplast Sanmar’s spread of green around their plant as the best in the “Industrial Garden” category. The annual event recognizes individuals, households, farmers and industries for their efforts at greening their surroundings.

Speaking about the challenges towards this success, S Palaniappan, Plant Head, Karaikal explained that the main difficulty was in working with the salty soil, especially since the tsunami. “While Karaikal is an agricultural belt, the soil in Keezhavanjoor is salty post-tsunami.  The judges were able to appreciate the additional efforts that have gone in, to set up and maintain the garden.”

The Karaikal plant of Chemplast, which has a green belt of over 16 acres, also houses over 3500 trees. The support and active participation of the local community, has helped in the process. Chemplast acknowledges the support of the local community and traditional know-how with the organization’s will and inclination towards the cause of environment, which has helped in the task of dealing with a difficult terrain.  The casuarinas and Korean grass, a welcome sight at the plant, are testimony to these efforts.

Chemplast has won this recognition from the Puducherry Government, several times in the past few years. This is the 7th time that they are receiving an award in this category.

Chemplast Sanmar Ltd., a part of The Sanmar Group, is one of the largest PVC manufacturers in India. Committed to its vision of “Integrity and Excellence”, The Sanmar Group has been taking various efforts towards protecting the environment, besides its principles of zero-liquid-discharge to safeguard against pollution. Chemplast Sanmar, Mettur recently received two awards for zero-liquid discharge while Flowserve Sanmar was commended for environment health and safety by CII. By receiving an award for its “Industrial Garden” now at Karaikal, Chemplast has reinforced its commitment towards the environment, yet again

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Flowserve Sanmar Commended For Excellence In Environment, Health And Safety

Chennai, February 8, 2011: Flowserve Sanmar has won the CII Certificate of Commendation for Excellence in Environment, Health and Safety. At the awards announcement in Chennai recently, Flowserve Sanmar was recognized for excellence in occupational health, safety & environment management practices as well as its contribution to sustainable development.

“All through the decades of our existence, we have striven to do things “in a more right way”. It has always been more important for us to maintain a high standard of ethical values rather than grow larger in size with dilution of those values. Receiving an award for environment, health and safety is more an affirmation of what we believe so strongly in and gives us a feeling of satisfaction,” said Mr N Sankar, Chairman, The Sanmar Group of companies.

The various innovative EHS measures by Flowserve that were appreciated include the periodic safety, health and environment audits by the Business team, the Operating Control Procedure (OCP) display in form of Dos & Don’ts on each machine and the high level of cleanliness, orderliness & standardization practices in the shop floor operation.

Describing the commendation as a result of team effort, Mr Chander Shekhar Saraf, Executive Director spoke about attention to detail that could lead to hazards and pollution if not dealt with. “When the parts supplied by us are put into use by the customer, they come into contact with various toxic and corrosive fluids. These parts when received for refurbishment activity by us are properly tagged and moved to competent suppliers, who can identify and decontaminate them chemically without affecting environment. This returned goods handling procedure followed before starting replenishment ensures occupational health and safety of employees.”

Some of the other measures taken by Flowserve Sanmar include collecting paper, cotton & plastic wastes using separate bins in office & shop floor for proper disposal and preventing pollution, training & qualifying operators before employing them in handling forklift, lifter machine and order picker in stores for higher safety.

Over 125 organizations had applied for the EHS Excellence awards and experts assessed 52 of those short-listed, through onsite visits. The final evaluation was by juries comprising members from various organisations like Saint-Gobain, Grindwell Norton, Dupont, TVS Motors and GE.

Among those short-listed, 3 each were selected for awards, among large, medium and small companies while 13 were awarded a Certificate of Merit for commendable achievement for implementing Environment, Health and Safety initiatives.

With a vision of “combining integrity with excellence” Flowserve Sanmar, is part of Sanmar Engineering, the first business to be started by Mr N Sankar, Chairman of the USD 1 billion The Sanmar Group. Recently, another Sanmar company, Chemplast, won awards for water management, for its efforts in ensuring zero discharge of effluents. With yet another commendation to its credit, The Sanmar Group has reinforced further its commitment to protecting the environment.

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