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Gemalto launches eco-friendly product portfolio

Thursday 12 November 2009

Chlorine free manufacturing materialsIn 1997 Gemalto began to move to non-chlorine polymers resulting in the majority of current manufactured products being chlorine free. Some examples of these non-chlorine based products include:

  • Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol (PETG) based card products - PETG is a chlorine-free alternative to polyvinyl chloride (PVC) with similar properties, which can be incinerated without creating harmful gases or air pollution.
  • ABS molded cards – These cards are PVC free and significantly reduce the amount of waste during the manufacturing process.
  • PC TWIN Reader - The first smart card reader which satisfies eco-design criteria, anticipates legal requirements on hazardous substances and is easier to recycle.
  • Small form factor cards – Innovative card designs which reduce the amount of material required in production of cards for the telecommunications and banking industries.

Hazardous substance reduction

Gemalto evaluates and actively looks for ways to reduce the use and disposal of hazardous substances in manufacturing processes.

Promote renewable and recycled materialGemalto is active in use and promotion of renewable and recycled materials reducing the overall environmental footprint of the production processes.

ISO 14001:2004 certificationGemalto has been in compliance with this process since 2001 and has certified 20 manufacturing facilities worldwide. This international environmental management system standard requires the establishment of company specific goals to make continuous improvements and monitor progress against the defined goals.


Gemalto reaffirms its commitment to ongoing compliance with international environmental guidelines and has developed a comprehensive sustainability strategy which extends to all business practices. The following certifications are examples of the deliberate steps towards achieving the goal of sustainable business practices.