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​Silicones plant in Joinville give an important step to reduce its environment impact in community

Sustainability is very important for Elkem, and drive our work continuously to maximize our positive impact on the environment and societies, as well as to minimize any negative impact.

We always look for new and innovative ways to reduce waste and emissions, and to get more out of our raw materials. With this in mind, the Silicones plant, based in Joinville (Santa Catarina/ Brazil) recently implemented a rainwater reuse process. This is a sustainable solution for the environment, which also helps with company´s productivity.

As it rains a lot in Joinville, and the water, combined with industrial waste, generates costs to discard. After some studies and analyses, a team spirit group implemented a rainwater filtering system, which in turn, is used in the cooling tower.

The results were encouraging: the rainwater could be used to cool equipment, with the ability to reuse more than a million liters of water per year.  The group still has new ideas and plans to turn the cost of clean water to zero and reduce 80% the water treatment expenses.  Continuous improvement is one of the essences of Elkem´s corporate culture, definitely the group will work to find new solutions to maximise the positive impact on our operations. 

About Elkem Silicones

Elkem Silicones has more than 3,500 employees dedicated to providing silicone solutions with a personal touch that deliver your potential. Elkem Silicones, a division of Elkem, is one of the world's leading fully integrated silicone suppliers, operating 13 multi-functional manufacturing sites and 13 R&D centers around the globe. Based in Lyon, France, Elkem Silicones offers a full range of silicone technologies for diverse specialty markets including aerospace, automotive, construction, consumer goods, energy, healthcare, paper, personal care and textiles. 

About Elkem ASA 

Founded in 1904, Elkem is one of the world's leading suppliers of silicon-based advanced materials with operations throughout the value chain from quartz to specialty silicones, as well as attractive market positions in specialty ferrosilicon alloys and carbon materials. Elkem is a publicly listed company on the Oslo Stock Exchange (ticker code: ELK) and is headquartered in Oslo. The company has more than 6,370 employees with 29 production sites and an extensive network of sales offices worldwide. In 2019 Elkem had revenues of NOK 22.7 billion. To learn more, please visit 

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