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MEWA customer report

High-performance, inexpensive, gentle on the environment – Bridgestone sees many advantages in the MEWA wiper system

Bridgestone rights environmental protection in capital letters and finds a reliable partner in MEWA

  • Optimal price-performance ratio

    "It gives us advantages in quality, and price and – what's essential for us" – in the minimal environmental burden."

  • Certified environmental management

    Use of biodegradable detergent, a recycling system for rinse water and wash water, fulfilment of all disposal and environmental obligations

  • MEWA as an innovative partner

    "I recommend MEWA's wiper service to others, because it is really worthwhile. We rely on the collaboration with innovative companies, like MEWA."

  • Textile management from the world market leader

    The MEWA wiper system, including delivery, pick up, environmentally friendly washing, quality control and replacement if there is wear

Information about the company:

Bridgestone Hispania, S.A. is one of the hundred most important companies in Spain and is a world market leader in the manufacturing of tires and other rubber derivatives. The Spanish subsidiary of the Bridgestone Group employs 4500 people and plants in Burgos, Vizcaya and Santander. The impressive reference list with brands such as Ferrari, dimeric, BMW, Audi or Lexus is not least the result of the special quality standards and it causes a high capacity utilization.

"The outstanding quality of our technology, products and services is our centre of focus. "We spare no effort in this regard", explains Juan José Bilbao, general director of Bridgestone Hispania, S.A. The company's success indicates that he is right: Bridgestone is a world market leader in the manufacturing of tires and other rubber derivatives. Customers include brands such as Ferrari, dimeric, BMW, Audi or Lexus.

MEWA wiper system – clean results, minimal effort

Associated with tire production the so-called "Bridgestone cement" also occurs – a waste material that must be completely removed. As the name indicates, this is a difficult task. The rags and cellulose cloths originally used at Bridgestone did not bring about the desired result. Moreover, they did not really get completely clean, and thus after a short time they were unusable. The subsequent disposal cause a considerable degree of cost, time and effort. The company found an inexpensive, reliable solution for this problem at MEWA, with MEWATEX wipers in the full service, including delivery and pick up, environmentally friendly washing, quality control and replacement. Fernando del Cerro, production manager in Burgos, has high regard for the MEWA service system: "We have been using the service for almost three years. "It gives us advantages in quality, and price and – what's essential for us" – in the minimal environmental burden."

Environmentally friendly and resource conserving washing procedures

Carmen Araus, environmental protection officer at Bridgestone adds: "We strive to reduce our internal load on the environment and are grateful that we can count on such trustworthy companies who offer us a service in harmony with our mentality and our principles." This is an approach that resonates with MEWA 100%: Industrial textiles in full-service on their own are already an environmentally oriented service. However, MEWA in addition offers them on the basis of strategic environmental management in accordance with ISO 14001. As one of the first companies in the industry MEWA received the internationally valid certificate in 1997. Textiles are washed with biodegradable detergents and washing additives in a dose that is as low as possible. With a special reuse system for the rinse water and wash water, cascade technology, relative to conventional washing processes up to 50% of the water can be saved. In the company it has long been an easy exercise to transform wastewater burdened with oils, greases, pains, and solvents into water with a purity level of 99.8%.

Juan José Bilbao is very satisfied: "I recommend MEWA's wiper service to others, because it is really worthwhile. We rely on the collaboration with innovative companies, like this one." There are only advantages."