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Interfoam thanks GBN for help in achieving environmental recognition

Release date: 10/09/2007

Kempston based Interfoam paid tribute to help from GBN at a ceremony to celebrate the company achieving registration to the internationally recognised environmental management standard ISO 14001.

On being awarded the prestigious ISO 14001 certificate by SATRA, Dave Blatchford, quality and environmental manager at Interfoam, said: “We want to thank GBN for providing training and seminars which have been an enormous help to us in achieving this recognition. Also, the BETI training programme gave us useful background and knowledge.”

The company, which supplies the office and domestic furniture, aircraft, medical, automotive, and truck and bus seating industries with moulded flexible polyurethane (PU) foam seating components, is a long-standing GBN member and has taken full advantage of the free advice and training on offer to help achieve its success.

Dave said: “If there’s hope for an industry like ours to reduce our environmental impact by managing our waste and what we produce and how we produce it, there’s hope for anybody.”

Carmen Fregapane, managing director and owner of Interfoam, also recognised the importance of addressing environmental issues to business survival when he said:. “We have had to use technology cleverly to maintain our competitive edge. For example, we’re reducing our energy bills, using lean manufacturing processes, making the better use of resources, and have better trained and loyal employees. This is what’s giving us the edge over our emerging competitors in China and India."

Dave also paid tribute to the hard work of all Interfoam’s employees who contributed to the company’s achievement, saying: “Thanks to everyone for helping to achieve this. We now have plenty to go at for the next few years. It’s the start of a long road towards business sustainability, but we’re on the right track and delighted to reach this milestone.”

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