A circular company:
- Already thinks about the use of recycled materials during product design and strives to ensure these materials and all installed individual parts will remain reusable in the future
- Minimizes the use of water and energy as well as the amount of production waste
- Relies on quality and repairability as well as the idea of access to rather than ownership of a product, so that products remain in use for as long as possible
- Establishes business models that require products to be returned at the end of their useful life
At Hilti, we see the important prerequisite for the circular economy in the form of our fleet management. With this comprehensive business model for a long-term usage agreement for our tools, we extend control over our products beyond the end of the life cycle. Already at the start of the contract, we optimize our customers’ tool park to ensure that they have the right number of tools to meet their needs.
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE
of a Hilti tool’s mass is recycled material vs. 8% global average
We’re reducing raw virgin material use by increasing the amount of recycled steel and plastic in our products.
tools, batteries and accessories were collected by Hilti in 2020
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of all collected material was recycled for material reuse
We’re constantly improving our recovery rates thanks to innovations in sorting and processing technology.
of material was extracted through recycling
We’re working to ensure high levels of steel, copper and aluminum re-enter international commodity cycles.
How we measure Circularity
There has not been any standardized internationally recognized framework for the measurability of circular economies until now. To advance this measurability, we were the first company worldwide to use and develop the new CIRCelligence method with Boston Consulting Group (BCG). CIRCelligence, co-developed by BCG and the Dutch non-profit organization Circle Economy, makes circular economy and progress in it measurable. Based on this, we evaluated our entire product portfolio in terms of both quality and quantity in the circular economy.