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Solar panel production launch makes for a green day at Celestica

Celestica has launched a solar panel assembly production unit within its Toronto facility.

June 21, 2011  Staff

The unit is part of the Celestica Green Technology Centre of Excellence — a hub for collaboration between Canada’s engineering, manufacturing and supply chain management experts.

For a video tour of the Celestica solar panel production facility, click image above or HERE.

Celestica is also active in producing inverters for solar power and is planning inverter production for wind turbines in the last quarter of 2011, according to Mike Andrade (above), SVP, Emerging Markets, Celestica. Green energy products coming out of the Toronto facility are intended for North American consumption, Andrade explained.

At the Green Technology Centre of Excellence, Celestica is working with a number of companies to develop their ideas, accelerate their go-to market strategy, provide global supply chain expertise and ensure the delivery of quality products and solutions.

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As a result, companies such as Recurrent Energy, Sovello, SMA Canada and Advanced Energy Industries (AEI) are able to compete in this quickly growing sector by leveraging Celestica’s global supply chain and engineering expertise. At the same time, quality, knowledge-driven and manufacturing jobs are retained in the province.

Over eighty per cent of Celestica’s focus in Toronto today is on growth opportunities in complex, knowledge-driven advanced manufacturing and related services. Green technology is just one of the many examples. For instance, the site is providing commercialization services to emerging companies looking to compete on a global scale, after-market services for companies that require a local solution, and is expanding in the industrial and aerospace and defence markets as well.

The company also recently announced it has been named to Canada’s Green 30, an annual list of top companies based on Aon Hewitt’s Employee Green Index.

Celestica has aligned its sustainability goals around the areas in which the company can drive the most significant improvements to its environmental footprint:

* Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
* Conserving water
* Reducing and recycling waste
* Responsibly managing end-of-life materials
* Minimizing and controlling the use of hazardous materials
* Complying with product-level environmental legislation, such as the elimination of lead in electronics

"At Celestica, we are committed to environmental sustainability and proud to be recognized as one of Canada’s Top 30 Green Employers," said Elizabeth DelBianco, Chief Legal and Administrative Officer, Celestica. "Whether we are ensuring our day-to-day operations are safe, efficient and environmentally conscious or demonstrating our leadership in the area of environmental legislation, our dedication to being a solid corporate citizen is evident in all that we do."

Today, Celestica is also introducing its 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility Report and Environmental Sustainability Report. The reports outline the policies and Values Celestica upholds, as well as details of its various environmental initiatives around the world. To review these documents, please visit www.celestica.com.

To determine Canada’s Green 30, Aon Hewitt, a leader in human capital consulting and outsourcing solutions, surveyed over 130,000 employees at 250 organizations with regard to their employers’ commitment to environmental stewardship. The final list is compiled from employee feedback and categorized according to Aon Hewitt’s Employee Green Index, which focuses on employers’ environmental strategies and activities, and their efforts to consider long-term social, environmental and economic impacts when making decisions.


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