Designed to Advance, Built to Last

We lead the industry in sustainable design and innovation. We provide a tremendous amount of transparency, not just on what goes into our products but also on how they are manufactured. With advanced technology processes and highly recyclable aluminum products, we are focused on reducing our environmental footprint. We also engage in partnerships that deliver more value to sustainable buildings, considering how they can become part of the surrounding environment and promote greater well-being for the people who use them.

The Sustainable Building Material

In terms of sustainability, aluminium is one of the best materials available. Aside from its practical and energy-saving advantages in construction, it can be recycled repeatedly without loss of properties using just 5% of the energy originally used to mine, smelt and produce it. Aluminium’s natural strength, lightness and durability makes it the ideal material for meeting architects’ glazing requirements.

At Kawneer, sustainability is defined as using our values to build financial success, environmental excellence, and social responsibility through partnerships in order to deliver net long-term benefits to our shareowners, employees, customers, suppliers, and the communities in which we operate. We are dedicated to developing high performance, sustainable buildings.

Aluminium is attained from the natural resource bauxite through an electrolytic process. The bauxite is mined, only 5km2 at a time and all the flora and fauna indigenous to the area are replaced through a rehabilitation process.

Kawneer is committed to using recycled billets where possible. Because aluminium does not rust, decay, or lose its quality, it can be recycled repeatedly without loss of properties.

Kawneer UK

At Kawneer UK we take all our responsibilities very seriously. We’re dedicated to creating products and systems that promote integrated, whole-building design practices.

We continuously review the impact of both our products and our working practices to set new industry standards and we also recognise the responsibility we have to our people and to the communities in which we work.

We have developed leading-edge production techniques to ensure that manufacturing efficiency is optimised, and environmental impact is minimised. Our right-first-time quality management systems have been devised to minimise waste and exceed the requirements of current ISO 9001 standards.

There are a number of ways in which we continue to reduce our impact on the environment. Here are just a few:

  • For our own production, we use recycled aluminium billets 100% of the time and all of our production waste is recycled back to a smelter to be re-used.
  • By having extrusion, paint and thermal break rolling all under one roof, the number of miles our products travel in the supply chain is at a minimum.
  • Our high quality polyester powder paint finishes are produced on our behalf by AkzoNobel, a global company with an equally impressive commitment to sustainability.
  • Kawneer is accredited to Environmental Standard – ISO 14001 (2015 Version). The sales, design, manufacture and supply of aluminium architectural products.
  • Kawneer UK becomes the world’s first aluminium company to achieve the BES 6001 framework standard for responsible sourcing of construction products. Click to find out more.

Kawneer UK Ltd specialises in the manufacture and supply of architectural aluminium building products and systems which include curtain wall, windows and commercial entrance doors and framing systems.

Kawneer UK Ltd recognises the impact of its business activities on all its stake holders and the environment and promoting ethical and sustainable principles in its business activities.

Kawneer is an Arconic company and as such is fully committed to Arconic’s policies and procedures for Environmental Control, Sustainability, Ethics and Compliance. These are communicated through the Arconic website.

The Kawneer UK Ltd Management Team is responsible for implementation of this policy. The Management Team will periodically assess the effectiveness of the Policy and the site’s arrangements, to ensure it remains appropriate and relevant to the business and will endeavour to integrate the principles of sustainability into our strategies, policies and procedures.

In accordance with the policy statement Kawneer UK Ltd will:-

Control its environmental risk:

  • Identifying all significant environmental risks develop through the process on site and transportation of product.
  • Managing and controlling all identified environmental risks in a sustainable manner by complying with all relevant legislation and other requirements and adopting best practice, where appropriate.
  • Reducing Green House Gas emissions from our processes and reducing energy use in our operations.

Promote and adopt best practice and continuous improvement:

  • Setting and reviewing objectives and targets based on the sites significant environmental risks.
  • Prevention of pollution and minimisation of waste.
  • Promote and adopt sustainable initiatives.
  • Continual improvement of all processes and impacts.

Kawneer UK Ltd is committed to maintaining and developing in an ethical and sustainable manner by adopting the Arconic requirements for Ethics and sustainability and effective resource use by:

  • Maximising Energy and water efficiency of our operations.
  • Minimise waste generation and disposal to landfill and drive efficient use of constituent materials to enable reduction in scrap and waste products.
  • Promote sustainable travel options to and from Kawneer UK.
  • Develop and implement a sustainable procurement policy to ensure social, ethical and environmental scrutiny of products and services whilst achieving best value.
  • Considering the full life cycle impacts of our products when procuring raw materials and developing new products with our customers.
  • Ensure all employees are trained in ethical business requirements.
  • The purchase and use of recycled materials including recycled aluminium billet in our production process.

Communicate with, and inform Kawneer UK Ltd staff and stakeholders:

  • Maintaining our employee’s awareness of Environmental and Sustainability information through various media including training and development.
  • Inform all stakeholders through the Kawneer UK Ltd website or information provided on request.
  • Record and investigate all complaints and prosecutions and implement corrective actions.

Working with external authorities and bodies:

  • Develop good working relationship with all relevant external authorities.
  • Develop links with appropriate environmental bodies and associations.
  • Report any incidents as required.

This policy is communicated to all persons working under the control of Kawneer UK Ltd. The policy is available on request to the public and other interested parties.