The new facility will create 240 jobs and use entirely renewable energies, including an electric roller kiln powered by electricity from hydropower. This technology will reduce CO2 emissions in production to zero, saving approximately 11,000 tons of CO2 per year compared to a conventional ceramic factory.
The renewably generated electricity originates from the hydroelectric power plants of Hydro-Québec.
“We are very proud to act as a pioneer in the design of a sustainable sanitary industry and to provide answers to the challenges of climate change. In doing so, we are setting standards for innovative solutions in an industry characterized by high energy consumption. At the same time, the new plant is a milestone on our path to climate neutrality in 2045,” said Stephan Tahy, CEO of Duravit.
Duravit manufactures bathroom products such as bathtubs, faucets, and wellness systems. The new 140,000 sq. m. production facility will produce up to 450,000 ceramic parts per year. Duravit’s production facility will be its first North American production site. It will produce sanitary products such as toilets and washbasins.
Additionally, all raw materials for the facility will be sourced directly in Canada and the USA. The facility plans to open in 2025.