Also Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Volatile Organic Compounds, and
TROY, Mich., April 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ArvinMeritor, Inc. (NYSE:
ARM) announced today - as part of its global sustainability platform - that it
has increased its recycling rate year-over-year to 89 percent from 83 percent.
In 2008, more than 486 million pounds of materials from around the world -
including metals, cardboard, wood and paper - were recycled for other
During the same time period, the company's manufacturing facilities in
Carrollton, Ky., and Venissieux, Lyon, France, found beneficial uses for more
than 120,000 tons of used foundry sand -- which otherwise would have been
added to landfills. Carrollton provided sand for the construction of a nearby
interstate; while Venissieux provided sand to be used for road construction
and the production of cement blocks.
The company has also established a global greenhouse emissions inventory
which is a key component of ArvinMeritor's sustainability plan. The company's
facility in Asheville, N.C., implemented electricity conversion measures that
helped reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 4,600 metric tons by
aligning power usage with production schedules and making use of more
efficient air compressors and boilers. At the company's manufacturing facility
in St. Priest, Lyon, France, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were reduced by
more than 60 percent due in part to converting high solvent VOCs to
water-based paints and installing improved painting efficiency equipment,
including new paint robots. And in Chatham, Ontario, Canada, the company
completed three water conversion projects that helped reduce water consumption
by two-thirds, or more than 100,000 tons.
ArvinMeritor is one of 77 companies profiled today in the 2009 Business
Roundtable Report titled, Enhancing Our Commitment to a Sustainable Future:
2009 Progress Report, which highlights leading U.S. companies who are
advancing sustainability through environmental, social and economic programs.
ArvinMeritor, Inc. is a premier global supplier of a broad range of
integrated systems, modules and components to the motor vehicle industry. The
company marks its centennial anniversary in 2009, celebrating a long history
of 'forward thinking.' ArvinMeritor serves commercial truck, trailer and
specialty original equipment manufacturers and certain aftermarkets, and light
vehicle manufacturers. ArvinMeritor common stock is traded on the New York
Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ARM. For more information, visit the
company's Web site at: www.arvinmeritor.com.
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