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Conservation of resources and environmental protection

Effective sustainability begins with day-to-day behavior. The group encourages environmentally-aware behavior from every single employee and targets it with various programs and activities.

For years now, Groz-Beckert has been continuously lowering its emissions and energy consumption. At all of the company's building projects, long-lasting and ecologically compatible building materials are used, as well as are regional materials, wherever possible.

Environmentally-friendly products

Even during development, Groz-Beckert places high value on the potential of its products to conserve resources and reduce emissions.

A prominent example is the Litespeed needle for circular knitting machines. As compared to standard needles, its optimized shaft geometry drastically reduces the energy consumed and thereby CO2, while at the same time boosting productivity. In 2010 Groz-Beckert was awarded the Kyocera environmental prize and in 2011 the Korea EU Award for the first generation of Litespeed technology.

The product EcoStar in the area of Nonwovens has also proven sustainable. The universal felting needle for extreme requirements needs very little energy.

Packaging solutions from Groz-Beckert are biocompatible, recyclable and environmentally neutral.

Strong together – Blue Competence

Groz-Beckert is partner of the Blue Competence initiative of the VDMA (German Engineering Federation), which promotes sustainability in mechanical and plant engineering and makes sustainable solutions visible.

Strong together – Blue Competence

With the partnership at Blue Competence we commit ourselves to the following twelve principles of the initiative.

12 guidelines for sustainable action


  • Sustainability is a crucial part of our company strategy.
  • We create solid business schemes with sustainable values and secure entrepreneurial success.
  • Our technologies and solutions promote worldwide sustainable developments.

  • Sustainable thinking and action are represented in our processes and products.
  • We act with consideration of resources and stand up for climate protection.
  • Our staff is our most valuable asset. We promote engagement and participation.
  • We stand up for keeping the human rights.

  • Our company is a habitat.
  • We take responsibility in our region.
  • We do, what we promise!

  • We actively cultivate the network with all participants.
  • We transparently communicate our sustainable action.

Textile innovations for the sake of the environment

The Groz-Beckert Group is occupied with topics of the future brought to the forefront by the environment and customers. Resource efficiency and waste prevention can reduce process costs.

Technical textiles and their many fields of application are very promising. Textiles are now used as fiber-reinforced plastics, called composites, and as textile cores in concrete. They replace conventional materials such as steel. Their effectiveness includes significant weight reduction – and thereby also energy and CO2 reduction.

An example of successful material substitution stands in Albstadt-Lautlingen near the Groz-Beckert headquarters - the longest textile-reinforced concrete bridge in the world.