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Porsche Acclaimed for Energy-Saving Compressed Air System

Sports Car Producer Significantly Reduces Power Consumption in Zuffenhausen Plant

Stuttgart - Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, has been awarded the "Compressed Air Efficiency" Prize today for particularly efficient energy deployment in production. The compressed air system serves to drive and to control tools and machines in the vehicle assembly process for the 911 and Boxster model ranges. By fundamentally modernizing the system, the sports car producer succeeded in cutting the energy required in this area by 25 %. Consequently, annual power consumption fell by 483,000 kilowatt hours and annual cold water consumption by approx. 68,000 cubic meters - which, at the same time, is reflected in notably lower operational costs. In addition, there are environmental benefits from the investment: The energy conservation means that carbon dioxide emissions produced are reduced by approx. 280 tonnes per year.


Today, Rezzo Schlauch, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Commerce and Labour presented the price to Dr. Reinhold Neitzel, Head of Vehicle Assembly in the main Porsche AG plant. "Porsche has consistently and successfully introduced energy efficient production processes, explained Mr. Schlauch. "By modernizing its compressed air system, the company has shown economic and ecological responsibility while maintaining the highest quality requirements." Porsche is the first winner of this prize, which is awarded by the "compressed air efficiency" campaign - a joint initiative of the Fraunhofer Institute ISI, the German Energy Agency (DENA) and the Compressed Air Professional Association in VDMA.

(May 27, 2003)

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