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Faced with gas prices multiplied by 10, how does Terial, Europe’s number two in tiles, react?

The French tile market represents 42 million m² of roofs in 2021, i.e. round 320,000 roofs. Terreal (699 million euros in turnover in 2021, 3,228 workers worldwide), the second European producer of clay tiles, represents a few third of French roofs, i.e. simply over 105,000 roofs per yr. However, making tiles is an business whose manufacturing course of consumes lots of electrical and thermal power. At Terreal, the power required to fabricate tiles is distributed as follows: 85% pure gas and 15% electrical energy.

The firm has confronted nearly a tenfold rise in gas prices

The gas we purchased earlier than the disaster for between 15 and 20 euros per kilowatt hour, now varies between 120 and 140 euros per kilowatt hour, as a result of the availability of Russian gas to Europe has decreased. stated Jean-Baptiste Fayet, CEO of Terreal.

A big improve which impacts the price of manufacturing. ” Energy is 20% of the entire value of constructing a tile “, he notes. And by extension, on the sale value:

We handed a big double-digit improve in the worth of tiles in January, then in April when, usually, annual progress is 3%. ” stated Jean-Baptiste Fayette.

The French producer of terracotta building supplies was even compelled to halt manufacturing for two to 3 weeks at two of its French websites earlier in the yr, because of rising gas prices… However, the producer stays optimistic because the constructing market is effectively positioned for 2022 and the order guide is full. ” For roofing renovation contracts, provide of supplies represents 30% of the estimate. Of course, our value will increase have an effect on the roofing quotes to their prospects. But, in the tip, it weighs solely a 3rd of the estimate, i.e. a ten% to fifteen% improve in the ceiling estimate. For finish prospects “, he famous.

In fireplaces, warmth is recovered to scale back gas consumption

Since June, the Chagny web site has been the second in the group – after the Muroux web site (Evelines) – to be outfitted with a warmth exchanger, the results of analysis that started in 2016. The precept is to transform the warmth ensuing from the cooking of the tiles which is near the tiles 1,000°C, Through a tubular exchanger, power and thus gas consumption is lowered to ship the uncooked supplies to the manufacturing web site “, defined Xavier Grosjean, head of Terial’s engineering division.

It represents a 9,000 MWh financial savings for five,200 hours of operation per yr or the equal of 900 heated particular person properties. The exchanger additionally makes it doable to keep away from 1,675 tons of CO2 emissions per yr, i.e. a discount of approx. -15% of web site direct emissions.

45% of the Chagny venture was financed by the areas of Adème and Bourgogne-Franche-Comté.

Objective: To scale back its CO2 emissions by 30% by 2030

Such investments are a part of our decarbonisation roadmap. We are extra centered than ever on these initiatives to be extra power environment friendly and extra carbon environment friendly. “, emphasizes Jean-Baptiste Fayette.

ISO 5001 licensed for power administration, the corporate is dedicated to steady enchancment processes. Two different French websites are already being studied to start out related initiatives this yr. ” Chagny served as a pilot in phrases of technical selections and particularly supplies “, he stated.

In its power discount program, Terrial is contemplating about sixty initiatives to attain its purpose of lowering its CO2 emissions by 30% by 2030: the substitute of gas by different energies, resembling biomass, synthesis with native manufacturing, power consumption of biogas (the Chagni web site is equipped) for 30% by an anaerobic digestion plant), photo voltaic electrical techniques, electrical scorching water manufacturing, and so on. ” It is the mixture of all these initiatives that permits us to attain our objectives. », assured Jean-Baptiste Fayette.