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Franz Schneider Brakel: Doors Open to Climate Protection

The manufacturer of handles, door fittings and window fittings, Franz Schneider Brakel (FSB), has been a familiar name in the world of design for quite some time: Four door handles from East Westphalia have even found their way into the Museum of Modern Art in New York. FSB also draws attention to itself with innovative advertising campaigns – and is also a true pioneer of environmental protection.

FSB is a world market leader in the field of handles, even without relying on price leadership and the hardware store trade. Environmental protection is also driven forward with the same level of commitment: The first company agreement on environmental protection in Germany was concluded as far back as 1991. In the period following this, the entire organisation was made fit for environmental protection, so that in 1993 it was able to publish the first environment declaration, and a certified environmental management system has been in place since 1996. With environmental product declarations and certified energy management, FSB plays an exemplary role.

Climate protection objective:

  • a further 300 MWh in energy savings per year
  • renewal of the refrigeration units in one of the halls
  • replacement of the compressed air system at one of the works
  • replacement of the local heating system controls
  • implementation period: 2015

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Photo: FSB

FSB is deeply rooted in its location in Brakel.



Comprehensive collaboration

Many speak of networking, but there are significantly fewer real examples of successful collaboration between companies to be found. The largest project in recent years at FSB was the implementation of a sustainable network solution for the utilisation of available process energy (waste heat). The network saves a significant amount of energy for FSB as a heat consumer, Fritz Becker KG (manufacturer of moulded wooden parts with its own biomass heat supply system) and Kornhaus Brakel (heat consumer and supplier of BioPellets). FSB makes the necessary supply network available. Various systems and room heating are operated using this heat.

Constant improvement as the target

In a business that has pursued environmental and climate protection goals for more than 20 years, these wheels have been in motion for quite some time. Nevertheless, new saving potentials are constantly being introduced with technical improvements. Energy savings in the amount of 300,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year are also meant to be realised today, through the replacement of systems.


Photo: FSB

"Energy efficiency and competitiveness go hand in hand,"

Dieter Holsträter, Managing Director.




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Counselling centers:
  • EnergieAgentur.NRW
  • Effizienz-Agentur NRW (EFA)