30-May-2011

Press release

Zwevegem, Belgium, 30 May 2011 – Format Werk, Austria's largest producer of stationery for schools and offices has chosen Bekaert’s eco-friendly coating for bookbinding wire – Ecobind® -to produce a range of sustainable spiral bound exercise books.

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Committed to a green policy
Format Werk's Managing Director and CEO, Mr. Thomas Riemer, explains the company's policy: "Throughout production we strive to use raw materials that are managed in a responsible way. To live up to this ambition, we have set up a multi-faceted environmental system, which is also part of the quality control. This enables us to guarantee the sustainable credentials of the highquality raw materials we use and their sources."


A brand new green finishing
When Bekaert introduced Ecobind® - bookbinding wires finished with a carbon neutral, colored coating, developed specifically for the ecology-minded producer and consumer of spiral bound stationery - Format Werk immediately saw the potential. The coating on the Ecobind® wire is a ‘green’ polymer completely derived from natural resources. While having the same technical properties as petroleum based polymers, Bekaert Ecobind® decomposes when left in an industrial composting environment. Following thorough testing on the characteristics of Ecobind®, Format Werk’s production manager Kurt Mayer concluded various successful quality trials. He comments: “Ecobind® fulfills our needs completely and is an ideal addition to our spiral products.”


Partners in green product innovations
“In these times we must strive to realize every detail, every item and every idea that might contribute to saving our environment,” adds Mr Riemer. “The combination of our paper products and Bekaert Ecobind® is a positive example of how sharing expertise can help achieve these goals. Having a partner like Bekaert is crucial. It has the same environmental awareness and motivation as Format Werk to continuously improve products while keeping an eye on nature.” Marcelo Xavier, Global Market Manager at Bekaert, underlines the importance of this cooperation: "Format Werk's belief in Ecobind® clearly illustrates the market's needs for
environmentally conscious products. Bekaert Ecobind® has closed the natural cycle and fits the Format Werk policy perfectly."

Format Werk now uses Ecobind® for all its spiral and double loop products in the Formati®, Format-X® and Ursus Green products as well as its Private Label range.

 

About Bekaert
Bekaert (
www.bekaert.com ) is a global technological leader in its two core competences: advanced metal transformation and advanced materials and coatings, and a market leader in drawn wire products and applications. Bekaert (Euronext Brussels: BEKB) is a global company with headquarters in Belgium, employing 28 000 people worldwide. Bekaert pursues sustainable profitable growth in all its activities and generates annual combined sales of € 4.5 billion. Bekaert bookbinding wire: Optimize your binding process and product quality Convertors and binders of spiral bound stationery can optimize their binding process and product quality with Bekaert’s wide and colorful range of coated bookbinding wires. These wires stand out by their blemish-free surface which they maintain even after processing and long-time use. Bekaert has more than 35 years experience in producing bookbinding wire and serves customers in more than 120 countries. Our global production platform enables us to offer our customers wires of consistent quality and timely deliveries wherever they are located.


About Format Werk
Format Werk is Austria's largest producer of stationery for schools and offices. Located in Gunskirchen in Upper Austria, the company delivers a broad range of stationery throughout Europe via its in-house brands Formati®, Format-X®, Edition Dürer, FormART® and Ursus as well as a Private Label brand. The environment is a key focus for the pioneering operation which has actively gained accreditations and initiated projects to improve production processes. Recent successes include gaining the Blue Angel ecolabel, the first and best-established eco-label in the world, thanks to the use of Pure Impact recycled grade paper for jackets and cover sheet paper for its brands Formati®, Format-X® and Ursus Green. Format Werk has chosen Bekaert's ecofriendly coated bookbinding wire Ecobind® in its endeavor to further unlock the potential of "green" raw materials.

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