Water consumption

In Vossloh factories, water is mainly used for surface treatment of products, as a coolant in various production processes and for the production of concrete ties. Vossloh units obtain the water from the respective local public water supply systems. The company intends to use this basic resource as efficiently as possible. As such, used water is reprocessed in our own plants and returned to the operating process, particularly in production areas that require a substantial amount of water. In some cases, the production units work with closed water circuits. At all of its sites, Vossloh disposes of wastewater via the respective public sewage systems. Process water that is heavily contaminated during production is first treated in our own wastewater treatment plants in such a way that it (at least) meets the discharge standards of the public systems.

The following table illustrates the Vossloh Group’s water requirements as determined by the water meters:

m3 (Vossloh Group)20202019
Water consumption177,553.1145,145.6

The increase in water consumption is almost entirely attributable to the Core Components division. In the Tie Technologies business unit in particular, water consumption increased in line with the significant rise in business activity. However, water consumption in the Fastening Systems business unit was also above the previous year’s level due to a significant increase in vertical integration at the largest production facility for rail fastening systems in Werdohl.