Steel - our preferred material | System Edström

Steel – our preferred material

Generally, the lighter the van, the less fuel it uses and the lower its CO2 emissions. So, using the lightest possible material for racking might seem like common sense. But it’s not that simple.

Although aluminium racking might seem the better choice for racking, System Edström uses high-strength-steel, made in Sweden. This is because the overall environmental impact of aluminium production is greater than that of steel. It takes more energy to manufacture aluminium and importing it means more transport miles and higher emissions.

What’s more, the greater strength and durability of steel means it can carry more weight and lasts longer. This makes it the better material for end users looking for a high- quality product, while minimising their impact on the environment.

For more on why we choose steel for our products, download our brochure ‘Steel – our preferred material’.

The green report 2022 | System Edström

The Green Report

These days, we all need to think more about sustainability. And at System Edström, we’re doing everything we can to reduce our environmental footprint.

Back in 2017, we started to look at our entire business, from our supply chain to the materials and processes we use. Since then, we’ve reduced the weight of our products by 65 tonnes per year, brought down our CO2 emissions and reduced our use of plastic. We’re not done yet, but we’re on the right track.

The Green Report shows what we’ve done so far and where we’re going. We hope it will help inspire others in our industry to think more about sustainability. Download the report to find out more.

System Edström releases The Green Report!

For the earth to be a green and sustainable planet, green and sustainable efforts are required. We at System Edström want to do what we can to reduce our climate footprint. In 2017, we began a major change project where we looked at the entire chain – from manufacturing to the fact that the products are in place in our customers’ vans. We have reduced the weight of our products by 65 tonnes per year, we have greatly reduced our carbon dioxide emissions and we have taken up the fight with plastic. We are definitely not done with our change, but on the right track. With The Green Report, we want to report what we have done so far, in the hope of inspiring others in the industry to review their sustainability thinking.

    Our commitment to the environment

    We’re investing heavily in our future products to reduce their impact. We continue to innovate, with new, lighter, more environmentally friendly systems. Innovations such as Eco-Lite flooring and panels are cutting down on weight and increasing fuel efficiency.

    We are also anticipating the increasing use of hybrid and electrical power trains with new installation techniques and products. And in the UK, we’ve invested more than £2 million into our installation facility to improve efficiency and reduce waste.

    Our processes are accredited to stringent international standards and our racking solutions are among the safest on the market.

    • ISO9001:2015 Quality Management System
    • ISO14001:2015 Environmental Management System
    • ISO45001: 2018 Occupational Health & Safety Management
    • VCA approved under the N1 Enhancement Scheme
    • All auto-electrical installations certified to BS7671-Reg 17 standards
    • Member of the Ford PRO Convertor programme
    • Member of SMMT for more than 10 years


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    Weldon South Industrial Estate.
    Corby, Northamptonshire.
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