Azelis in Action
We’re on a mission to become the world-leading distributor of sustainable products and services in our industry. Discover how we’re taking action together for a sustainable future.
In July 2018, we launched the first edition of the Sales Academy across the EMEA region. The first session of the EMEA Sales Academy took place in Antwerp and has been followed by another five editions comprising 126 participants from 20 different countries. The objective of the Sales Academy is threefold. Firstly, we want to support our sales team so they can achieve even better results for our customers. Last but not least, we want to form a network of Azelis representatives across all countries and market segments.
Azelis Americas University (AAU) is a program that recruits candidates for the CASE market segment (coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomers) from on-campus recruitment at select universities such as Texas A&M, University of Georgia, University of Cincinnati, and the University of Texas. The chosen candidates move through a rotation program to learn about our company, products, and businesses.
The rotation program typically includes three to six months in a lab, a month or two working with a supply chain team, and sometimes working with an inside sales team. Participants then shadow technical sales representatives until being moved into their own territory. The effectiveness of this approach is being evaluated with a future goal of replicating the program in all market segments in the Americas. Secondly, the Sales Academy ensures a harmonized way of working based on our best practices and business ethics.
Azelis Singapore increased the paid annual leave entitlement of all its employees by 20 percent. The number of days of leave – which does not include statutory public holidays – was raised, significantly exceeding the provisions of the Singapore Employment Act. In addition, the company decided to grant three additional paid days of leave for every five years of service with the company. The Singapore office also extended childcare leave to all employees, including foreign employees who were previously excluded from this entitlement in accordance with the provisions of the Singapore Employment Act.
Azelis develops multiple formulations for white elastomeric roof coatings. These contribute to energy conservation, extend building life, and protect the environment by using water rather than organic solvents. A challenge is to ensure that the coating adheres well to the many types of roofing material, to prevent rainwater leakage. Different formulations have been developed for different roofing materials. A recent development is our new Multi-Purpose Primer formulation, which will prepare almost any roofing material for coating with a common topcoat formulation.
Within our Home Care market segment and together with some key partners, we developed sustainable solvents as an alternative to the traditional solvents readily used in the industry. The project consisted of testing, developing, and promoting alternatives in the marketplace. We used different means to reach our goal such as technical training, lab support, formulation support, and application kits, allowing us to successfully replace the traditional solvents with sustainable alternatives.
Azelis and allnex, a global leader in industrial coating resins and one of Azelis’ principals for its CASE market segment, have set up a collaboration for the development, repacking and distribution of hand sanitizers to nursing homes and hospitals. Being a critical hygiene product to prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus, allnex produced almost 5,000 liters of hand sanitizers for donation. Azelis on its turn facilitated the refilling of the solution into one liter and five-liter bottles (with Azelis/allnex branded labels) which were then donated to several health institutes in Europe. This charitable action was fueled by the outstanding partnership between allnex and Azelis and stimulated by the dedication to ethical commitments the two companies share.
In September 2019, Azelis Australia’s team activity involved the preparation of more than a thousand meals for homeless people, facilitated by Our Big Kitchen, a community kitchen with a mission to inspire individuals to come together to help people in need.
Our St Mary’s manufacturing facility in Azelis Australia takes a sustainable approach to waste management. General waste is split between plastic, cardboard, or paper and general waste, which passes over a weighbridge for accurate records of disposal or recycling. All drains at our waste treatment plant block, shut, or lead, allowing us to capture all run-off water, rainwater or – in the case of an emergency – allowing accidental spills to be stopped, processed, and checked. In production we treat the wastewater, removing the solids from the water, and we are continually looking for ways to reduce the solid content in our waste, trialing methods like bio reactions, and drum filtering.
Arabella Lane, Samples Administrator, Azelis UK, came up with the great idea to re-use cardboard boxes for sending out samples to our customers:
"I joined the Samples department a year ago, but I’ve been passionate about recycling for a long time. Having children flipped the switch and made me conscious of the world’s resources and climate change. The Samples department receives many parcels daily, so we’re constantly dealing with many forms of packaging. I discovered in a supplier’s delivery what appeared to be cardboard matting, which gave me the eureka moment! A search on the internet revealed specialist cutting machines that could turn waste cardboard into ‘padding’."
Many Azelis offices have implemented initiatives to reduce waste and optimize recycling. These include waste-sorting programs, the use of podless coffee machines with Fairtrade grain coffee, packing our samples with reusable materials, and consuming water in reusable bottles. At the Azelis Shanghai office, we started implementing waste sorting requirements in April of 2019. Initially, we classified waste according to recyclable A4 paper, wet garbage, recyclable garbage, and toxic and hazardous garbage. In September 2019, in order to synchronize with the requirements of the local government, the garbage classification was changed to dry garbage, wet garbage, recyclable garbage, and toxic and hazardous garbage. During this period, SHEQ and HR colleagues in Shanghai conducted various training sessions on garbage classification, including garbage identification and on-site garbage disposal guidelines.