Yanrong Xie - PCH
News // Sustainability - June 2012

PCH expands services with new low-carbon, energy-efficient facility

Irish-headquartered company doubles staff in Shenzhen, China to cater for increasing global demand.

PCH International is expanding its services with a new low carbon, energy-efficient facility in the heart of Shenzhen’s Futian Free Trade Zone.

The 290,000 sq. ft. (27,000 sq. m.) facility will employ an additional 1,500 people including expatriate and local staff across a broad range of disciplines including finance, logistics and supply chain. This more than doubles PCH’s current global headcount.

“We are seeing a huge increase in demand from our global clients and this new facility will cater to their needs. This facility will offer expanded packaging, configuration, postponement and fulfillment services – everything our clients require to finish and perfect their products.”

Liam Casey, Founder and CEO, PCH

Liam Casey continued:

“Shenzhen is an ideal location; the Futian Free Trade Zone is located in close proximity to our partner factories, has access to a highly skilled work force, and is a very business-friendly environment for overseas companies.

“Shenzhen is renowned as a center of excellence for global logistics and innovation, with close access to Hong Kong, and this allows PCH to service not only export clients but also those seeking to access China’s growing domestic market.”

PCH’s energy efficiency program, which is also being implemented in a number of its partner factories, will ensure the new facility uses more energy-efficient systems, processes and materials.

The facility will incorporate many energy-saving technologies that will qualify for LEED-CI (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Commercial Interiors) certification later this year.

Some of the steps include:

  • More efficient Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems, saving 18% in energy consumption.
  • Energy-efficient T5 lighting will save 30% in energy consumption.
  • Water consumption is reduced by 40%, with a further 20% saved on each of the three production floors

 

Liam explained: “This is part of an ongoing process at PCH to drive energy efficiency in the supply chain, not only in our own facilities but also in partner facilities. We believe improving energy efficiency presents a huge opportunity to improve both environmental and economic performance.”

The new facility will be fully operational by end July 2012.

More details of PCH’s energy efficiency and sustainability programs can be read here.

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