Arcon-Sunmark supplies first large-scale installation in Vietnam

3 November 2017

The solar heating installation comprises 5,000 m2 and will supply PrimeAsia Leather Company’s factory in Ba Ria-Vung Tau, just south of Ho Chi Minh City, with heat for the retannage of wet blue and evaporation of waste water from sludge. As a result 90% of the waste water from the sludge will be recycled in the factory by means of the solar heating system which on the whole will contribute 20% to the total energy requirement of the factory. The factory manufactures 5,5 million m2 leather per year for accessory and shoe industry. In Vietnam it is by far the largest solar heating plant.

          ”By Vietnamese standards it is a very big installation that is now under construction in Ba Ria-Vung Tau, and it is
          sure to be noticed. PrimeAsia Leather Company is wholeheartedly endeavouring to reduce the environmental
          impact of the production, and the solar heating installation contributes significantly as regards CO2 emission, but
          also when it comes to a gentle handling of the waste water from the factory. Additionally the installation will offer
          a direct reduction in the energy costs of the factory, and this reduction will grow bigger and bigger as the energy
          prices in Vietnam are steadily increasing,” says Hans Grydehøj, Project & Business Development Manager,
          Arcon-Sunmark.

The solar heating system will be ready for operation early 2018 and is the first large installation erected by Arcon-Sunmark in Vietnam. The company has supplied a number of minor installations, i. a. for Nokia in Hanoi and the Sheraton Hotel in Nha Trang. Arcon-Sunmark has its own factory in Vietnam – established in 2006 and supplying solar collectors for the markets outside Europe. Therefore it has for some years now also been the endeavour of the company to open the eyes of the local industry to the potential of solar heating for industrial processes, and this endeavour has now turned into a success.

          ”The installation for PrimeAsia Leather Company we regard as a truly solid reference project which may be the key
          to developing this exciting market when it comes to large-scale solar heating systems. Vietnam has often been
          called the workshop of the world, and the processing industry plays a major role in the country. It is interesting
          because this type of industry frequently has a large consumption of energy, and solar heating may well cover a
          large part of the requirement,” says Hans Grydehøj.

About PrimeAsia Leather Company
PrimeAsia manufactures high quality lifestyle and sports inspired leathers for the global branded footwear, apparel and leather goods markets. The environment enjoys high priority with PrimeAsia, and by consequence the company manufactures leathers of the highest quality at the lowest possible environmental impact. This is achieved through innovation as well as committed employees, customers, suppliers and the society in which the company is active.