Henkel expands its operations in the country and opens a new modular factory in Antofagasta. The factory produces Becron brand ceramic adhesives directly in the region and buys 99% of his raw materials from local suppliers. The movement will contribute to the local economy and significantly reduce the carbon footprint of German multinationals in Chile. A factory with similar features will soon open in Arica.
German multinational company henkel has been operating in Japan for almost 40 years and has expanded its business outside the Tokyo metropolitan area. Opening of a factory in Antofagasta and soon another in Arica .
east Officially opened for business in Antofagasta on Wednesday an innovative factory of about 800 square meters, is located in the La Negra industrial and business center, 20 kilometers from the city.
This is a system of small modular plants with state-of-the-art technology. Manufactures ceramic adhesives under the brand name Bekron. and stands out for having the ability to scale in case demand requires it.
annual production capacity of Up to 15,000 tons of the product. It has the potential to produce 70,000 tonnes per year if future growth is required.
Promoting local production with suppliers in Antofagasta
In an interview with BioBioChile, Murillo Brotherhood, President of Henkel Chile and Head of Construction Operations in Latin America explained that it was a strategic decision from a business perspective. Northern growth potential in our country, but it also sustainability which is the core goal of the company on a global level.
“We will greatly reduce the need for transportation to this region. To get an idea, We now make 400 truck trips a year just to bring our products to Antofagasta. Therefore, the savings are not only in transportation costs, Reduce carbon footprint ‘ says the executive.
Due to the reduced transportation volume, the products are manufactured by purchasing raw materials from local companies.
“Additionally, there are issues with the availability of local suppliers for raw materials. You can buy direct from us and help boost the local economy,” he stresses.
On the other hand, local production increases the availability of products in the region, so construction companies are less dependent on dispatches from Santiago.
“To remain competitive in this business, the point of production must be very close to the point of consumption. We have identified an opportunity in northern Chile to occupy a modular factory that can grow with local demand. Both Antofagasta and Arica are two very important markets with growth potential that justify a physical presence in terms of production,” declared the president of Henkel Chile. increase.
“Reducing our carbon footprint by moving our products from the country’s capital to Antofagasta is in line with the multinational’s global strategy,” he says. Natalia Pardo, Corporate Communications Manager at Henkel in Chile and Argentina .
“As Henkel, part of our agenda at the global level is to lead a greener economy and what we have done has been to look for places where we can get more local raw materials. 99% of our raw materials come from here By concentrating everything in Antofagasta, we are able to make production entirely local, eliminating 400 trips a year to the north and sourcing raw materials from Santiago. It also prevents the movement of raw materials because it makes no sense to bring them in,” said the executive.
Likewise, modular plants have a high level of technology and can be made more sustainable throughout the process. The Pudahuel and Quilicura (Metropolitan Region) plants will run on 100% non-conventional renewable energy. “
“This corresponds to what is in Henkel’s DNA: sustainability and the development of a circular economy are at the heart of it, always driven by innovation,” says Natalia Pardo.
And he emphasizes: We believe that the economy will gradually recover and with it the construction sector will also recover and our company has the capacity to respond. “