Sustainability report 2019/20

Zinacantepec, Mexico

Act locally, compete globally

KHS has been represented by offices in Mexico since the 1970s. In 1992 KHS Mexicana was founded and production of our conveyor systems started at a factory in Zinacantepec in the state of Mexico. The production site has been continuously further developed: in 2005 the production shop was extended and in 2008 a new warehouse was built for the Maintenance Department. At the plant we now manage all local and regional services for our national and international customers in Mexico and turnkey projects for new filling and packaging systems. 

Through ISO 9001 certification we have established a fixed quality management system standard in Mexico and also regularly and successfully take part in SEDEX and EcoVadis audits.

High level of commitment to corporate environmental protection

Here, we adhere to all regulations decreed by the state, are supported by KHS headquarters in Dortmund in working towards a sustainable economy and take part on a voluntary basis in the Mexico Clean Industry certification program. This is an initiative that aims to encourage industrial companies to show greater commitment to the environment by offering them economic incentives. We implement numerous measures from this program and in doing so aim to address social and ecological challenges above and beyond the legal standards. Our personnel on site continue to be sensitized to environmental issues and encouraged to act responsibly and sustainably.

As a result of this regional certification program we focus on operational environmental management, in particular by reusing wastewater processed at our own treatment plant, avoiding hazardous scrap contaminated with pollutants and classifying waste and chemical products according to their environmental impact. Furthermore, we have installed a photovoltaic system for the environmentally-friendly generation of energy.

We regularly report on our measures to the local authorities and give our customers and suppliers an insight into our projects and progress.

For long-term success as a provider of reliable filling and packaging systems, we need our employees with their ideas and commitment. I want to motivate them in this regard every single day.

 

Vicente Reyes, plant manager of KHS in Zinacantepec

Projects in the reporting period

Expansion of local standards

Our products manufactured locally and those imported from our factories outside Mexico comply with the Norma Oficial Mexicana (NOM) in relation to all tools driven by a motor. Besides operating an international quality management system according to ISO 9001, we also satisfy the requirements, regulations and standards of this certification. During the reporting period KHS has implemented two new NOMs: NOM 35 on psychosocial risks and NOM 36 on ergonomic risks, both of which constitute new rules and are mandatory.