Fast processes

In order to be in a good position in future, Piepenbrock focuses its attention on optimum processes and efficient structures. The readiness to change is an important prerequisite in order to remain competitive in the long-term.

New department optimises processes

In order to increase the efficiency of internal work routines, Piepenbrock created the "Business control and processes" department in 2012. An important area is the optimisation of its own service chain. The new department is made up of staff from controlling, system administration and process organisation. It is designed to facilitate greater transparency in the service processes in order to identify which operational areas are in need of optimisation. Furthermore, it accompanies change processes, establishes project-wide control mechanisms and puts together projects that run parallel to various areas of business.

Electronic technologies replace paper

Half of the paper consumption in Germany is attributable to printing, press and office products. In order to reduce the amount with lasting effect, Piepenbrock has introduced various measures. Among these are converting administrative processes to digital technologies and sensitising staff so that they treat their resources more economically.

  • Changes in printing arrangements have reduced the number of consignment notes and invoices by 32 percent.
  • All orders these days are sent exclusively by email.
  • IT-supported systems enable central data management and the digitalisation of archives. In this way, Piepenbrock dispensed with individual printers and changed to multifunctional printers.
  • Employees are encouraged to print documents double-sided and to use the scan function of high performance printers in order to distribute information electronically.
  • Piepenbrock employs FSC-certified paper made in Europe.

Real estate improved sustainably

In the last two years, the Piepenbrock Group has launched numerous sustainable real estate projects. Apart from the company's head office in Osnabruck, building measures were carried out in Laatzen, Hanau, Berlin and Altendorf.

  • Nationwide, conventional heating pumps in the company's properties are gradually being replaced with energy-saving high efficiency pumps. The power that they consume is controlled dynamically according to demand in the heating network, which results in a considerable energy saving.
  • In Osnabruck, the regional management team for the northern region moved into a new building in 2012. Among other things, the old aluminium windows without thermal insulation were replaced with modern UPVC windows with triple glazing. The ceiling was insulated subsequently in order to significantly reduce the amount of transmission heat loss.
  • On the ground floor and top floor of the Service Center, exchanging 50 watt halogen bulbs for LED lamps (5.5 watts) brought about an energy saving of about 40,000 kilowatt hours per year.
  • Having already had the façade and windows of the branch office building in Laatzen renewed in recent years, modernisation of the heating technology followed in 2012. The existing oil tank was replaced with a gas-fired condensing unit, which facilitated a 30 percent saving in energy.
  • At Planol in Hanau, the lighting in the warehouse area was replaced in the course of preventative fire protection measures. All lamps were equipped with modern electronic ballast units.
  • In Berlin, the energy consumption was reduced by insulating existing heating pipes subsequently.
  • Not one but two new buildings were built by Loesch Verpackungstechnik. Both fulfil the requirements of the relevant energy-saving legislative. The construction of a saw mill was completed in March 2013. Following that, a three storey building with technology centre, canteen and office spaces was built. In addition to triple glazing, an air heat pump was installed.