PALFINGER has been dedicated to sustainability for 15 years. As a responsible employer, we produce eco-efficient, sustainable products and stand for fair economics. In a four-part series, we would now like to introduce the four sustainability areas and how they are put into practice every day at PALFINGER.

Interview of the sustainability area: SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS

Along with maximization of safety during product use, minimization of power consumption, costs, and emissions throughout the entire life cycle is essential. Research, development, and innovation contribute to the sustainability of the PALFINGER business model. Michael Völker, Head of Product Management Loader Cranes EMEA , now wants to answer a few questions on the ” Sustainable Products ” sustainability area.

1. Please introduce yourself!

As Product Manager for loader cranes, I accompany our products throughout the entire product life cycle. From the initial concept and the introduction to the discontinuation of the product. One of the main tasks is to assess the market and customer requirements. And it goes without saying that new systems and concepts should fit into a modular series, with few exceptions. The fact that there are usually more ideas than commercially and technically feasible solutions generates a very interesting tension field with customers, dealers, sales and development. In which I have been operating for more than 25 years.

2. What is your daily work routine like?

Unfortunately, it is more operational than product strategies

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. Thanks to the high complexity of modern loading cranes, being a product expert will automatically make you contact person for many departments. Our team is also involved in the development of the new product configurator. A tool that will become the most important component for managing both present and future.

3. What does sustainability mean to you? how far has your area developed this respect in the past few years?

Think of concepts such as bio-oil, chromium VI-free coatings, and water-soluble paints. That’s good and correct, because here too we occupy a pioneering role. But for me, sustainability concern above all to the use and the whole life cycle of the crane and not just to the production process. Naturally customers are more convinced by economic and application-based arguments than by purely ecological ones. The art read in linking the two together. That sounds harder than it really is. Topics such as longevity, low-maintenance technology and safety are very important.

A good example of how the two aspects of customer value and environmental protection can be successfully combined is our “Best Price Evidence Eco” project. The question is: how do you do that on the loading crane? As an example, let’s consider the light-weight construction for which the PALFINGER crane is esteemed. Less weight = less load = less fuel = lower costs = less CO2. A classic win-win situation for everyone involved, which can be expressed in figures. Alternative drive concepts or hybrid solutions not only make this very interesting, but also the range of application of the crane.

4. What is the outlook for the future? Where do we go from here?

90 years of the last century (yes, I was there) what still defined by the terms “steel and oil”. Now we are developing intelligent holistic concepts with a high level of comfort and safety functions. AOS and P-Fold or the HPSC stability system are modern in the development of modern loading crane engineering, which have made the PALFINGER crane both a technology leader and a sustainability champion. Now we are rapidly heading in the “networking and digitalization” direction. And that will bring about the next big step in terms of use optimization. The customer wants to access more and more data. This will lead to much better route and operational planning, flexibly plannable maintenance and optimization of his equipment fleet. All topics contribute to equal measure to sustainability. Good for us,

Other interviews

Responsible employer

Employees are a material factor of PALFINGER’s success. PALFINGER’s ultimate goal is to be a attractive employer. Therefore, their motivation, qualifications and, first and foremost, their health and safety are given high priority. Nikolinka Koleva, person responsible for people development in Bulgaria, wants to answer some questions on the “responsible employer” sustainability field.

>> Read the interview here

Eco-Efficiency in Production

Energy efficiency and climate protection are relevant to the entire production process at PALFINGER. We are aware of our environmental responsibility and our own interests, we have set ourselves the goal of economic and efficient resource management on a continuous basis. David Aschl, Environmental and Energy Officer of the Lengau Production Plant, wants to answer a few questions on the “Eco-Efficiency in Production” sustainability area.

>> Read the interview here

Fair business

Economic efficiency is reflected in the goal of earning a profit as well as growing in a sustainably profitable manner. Topics such as the Code of Conduct, Corruption Prevention, Fair Taxation and Digitalization are in the focus. Patrick Schornböck, PALFINGER 21st Innovation Strategy Analyst, wants to answer some questions on the “Fair Business” sustainability field.

>> Read the interview here

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