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Mark III Industries

A luxury van converter reduced VOC emissions by 28% while increasing production by 15%- a 38% reduction of VOCs per van. Substituting and reformulating coatings and improving application methods reduced emissions. Changing from their standard wood eliminated the need for stains. Process changes for exterior patterns also eliminated painting. $300,000 per year savings!

Mark III Industries employing 1600 persons has facilities extending over 98 acres and converts up to 1100 luxury vans per week.

Vans are received in the stripped down condition from GM, Ford and Chrysler. The sides are cut to receive new windows, and in some cases new roofs are fitted. Air conditioning units, lighting fixtures, and control wiring are installed. The interiors are insulated and covered with fabricated walls. Mark III has a large cabinet shop which produces all types of accessories, such as trim, racks, bases for TV sets, all from high quality hard woods.

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are contained in the products used and also are emitted during the processes employed for the gluing and coating of the wooden parts, and for surface preparation and final painting of the vans exterior. Portions of the exteriors receive a color undercoat and then a two -component polyurethane clear coat. Wooden components are painted with an ultraviolet cured acrylic epoxy.

In 1988 approximately 480,000 pounds of VOCs were emitted while 23,000 vans were produced. In 1991 Mark III built 26,500 vans while lowering emissions to approximately 344,000 pounds. These improvements represent a 38% reduction per van.

The program of pollution prevention through waste reduction was instituted in this forwarding-looking company long before it was driven to this policy by regulatory forces. The management realized early on that waste reduction not only prevents pollution but is synonymous with cost reduction. All resources, including the most important one, the human resource, are utilized to the best advantage.

The organization adopted the idea of continuous progress in small steps and aggressively pursues this policy at all times. The methods used to reduce waste and air emissions have been a combination of:

  1. substitution or re-formulation of materials, in close cooperation with its suppliers (examples: higher solids paints, reduced VOC content coating with UV curing; development of aqueous-based substitutes; larger containers with lower residual waste, etc.),.
  2. improved application methods and equipment, such as nitrogen-assist constant pressure paint supply systems; high volume, low pressure spray guns, which improve transfer efficiency.
  3. change in raw materials (substitution by a hard wood of higher initial cost that eliminated the need for staining, and reduced the number of paint booths in the cabinet shop from three to two and reduced the number of spray operations from four to two).
  4. a radical process change which eliminated virtually all of the painting of the patterns on the van exterior by substituting adhesive backed vinyl graphics tape.
  5. changes in the gluing processes.

All of these changes had a significant effect in reducing the amounts of materials purchased, used and wasted, and accompanying emissions. Since there will always be some emissions, even with the best source reduction, research is being conducted into all areas mentioned as well as in various processes for the capture and recycling or destruction of emissions in the exhaust air streams.

The total cost savings for these pollution prevention initiatives was $300,000. The capital cost to incorporate these changes was $600,000 for a payback period of two years. Bottom line results have demonstrated the correctness of the company philosophy that waste reduction improves the environment for the worker and for society as a whole, and makes good business sense. A better work environment leads to higher productivity, better quality, and higher sales.

Source: FDEP Success Story


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