The international “Mother Earth Day” was on Sunday, 22nd April, established to remind us all that the Earth and its ecosystems are our home. To achieve a fair balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations, it is necessary to promote harmony with nature and the planet. One company, Ryder Industries, has set up pioneering green initiatives, providing a lead for others to follow.
Ryder Industries is an Electronic Manufacturing Service provider (EMS) headquartered in Hong Kong, with two manufacturing facilities in Southern China, Shenzhen and Xin Feng.
The company has had a presence in China since 1979, and since its inception, it has expanded its capacity to reach over 1,000,000 sq ft of operational floor space, invested in nine state-of-the-art SMT lines. Some of its green initiatives include:
• Underground reservoirs developed across the entire Xin Feng campus as part of the initial facility build. Rainwater is harvested and collected within these reservoirs which feeds into a recycling plant, allowing the water to be reused for toilet flushing.
• The company operates a ground source climate control system.
• Energy is also recovered from pneumatic compressors and a solar thermal hot water system is run from this source.
Ryder Industries sustainability methods have been held up as ‘best practice’ examples for other multinational organisations looking to develop on the surrounding land in Xin Feng, something that the management team within Ryder Industries is very proud of.
“Sustainability is embedded in our business strategy, and as we sat around the drawing board sketching out plans for our facility in Xin Feng, the management made a commitment to the people of Ryder Industries, to the Chinese government and to the local people of Xin Feng. If we built a facility, it would need to be green, efficient and sustainable, and I am delighted to say that it meets our goals on all counts. For example, we installed ground source heating to harvest the rainwater, which we recycle, we have photovoltaic solar panels on our roofs and we have solar energy heating systems,” said Tony Tong, General Manager of Ryder Industries, Xin Feng.
Ryder Industries is the first company in Xin Feng County to build such an extensive environmental protection system and energy-conservation process. The aim of the system is to protect and set an example, to develop the local area in an energy-efficient manner and to protect the health and wellbeing of the land and its people.
“Our green initiatives are highly appreciated, not only by our Ryder team members but by the Chinese government too. As a Swiss-owned company, we are obsessed with quality, process and efficiency, and we always deliver what we promise,” added Tong.