ASSMANN: wins biggest ever order thanks to PEFC certification
28 November 2018 Furniture & homeware
The use of certified timber was a requirement for obtaining the large-scale order.
An extraordinary project
The order of 3.3 million euros is the biggest in the 80-year history of the family firm.
Driving one after the other, the 202 lorries that delivered the furnishing would have formed a 3.3-kilometre-long convoy.
“We are proud to have managed an order of this magnitude in our renowned, high quality,” said managing partner Dirk Aßmann.
Besides the production and the delivery of the furniture, ASSMANN was also responsible for the project management and the assembly of the desks, roller containers and shelfs.
“The biggest challenge was the logistics. From the assembly of the items in our facilities to the timely delivery and final installation”, explained key account manager Axel Ellermann. “Despite the large number of items, there was no delay in the process”.
Sustainable timber as a precondition
A crucial condition for awarding this major public order was the use of wood from sustainably managed forests, which the company could demonstrate through their PEFC certificate.
ASSMANN has held the certificate for melamine-coated furniture since 2017 and more than 80 percent of all timber products used by the company originate from PEFC-certified forests.
All of the 1,418 cubic metres of timber used for furnishing the Ruhr University are PEFC-certified.
For more and more public contracts, a proof of origin for timber products is required. Already in 2010, the German government determined that all wood products acquired by the public sector must originate from legal and sustainable forestry.
The decree states that the supplier has to prove this by presenting a certificate from PEFC or a comparable organization. Other EU countries have issued similar guidelines.
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