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20th October 2014, Singapore

DyStar reports progress in achieving sustainability goals

The company managed to reduce emissions intensity in both dyestuff and chemical manufacture in 2013.DyStar, a leading provider of colorants, auxiliaries and services for the textile and leather industries, has released its fourth annual Sustainability Report following the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative GRI3.1.

In this report the company updates on the progress towards achieving its sustainability goals set in 2010 towards reducing the environmental impacts of its operations.

The year 2013 was a very successful year for DyStar with a consistent increase in revenue across all sales regions. Operational costs stayed roughly at the same level owing to efficiency improvements. The total manufacturing output increased by 12%.

Sustainability goals

DyStar published its first Sustainability Report in 2010 and established concrete goals for 20% reduction of operational impact in four key areas by 2020: energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption and waste generation.

“Anticipating the demand for sustainable production practices in the textile industry, we were amongst the first to recognize sustainable actions as a business imperative,” said Harry Dobrowolski, CEO. The company’s two fold sustainability approach is to reduce the impact of its own operations, but also to assist its customers in decreasing their environmental footprint, DyStar reports.

Challenges

The balance of production last year shifted towards a higher proportion of dyes, which involve higher energy intensive manufacturing than textile chemicals, resulting in a slight increase in emissions intensity overall. However, the company managed to reduce emissions intensity in both dyestuff and chemical manufacture in 2013.

“We will continue to motivate our employees to be innovative and help us face the challenges the changes in the textile market give us so we can achieve the sustainability goals we have set for ourselves and can continue to offer our customers the most innovative, high quality and sustainable products,” commented Gerald Talhoff, VP Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain.

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