Company helps to provide clean water and sanitary facilities for school children in Pune
MAINTAL, Germany, Nov. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The NORMA Group, a global market leader in engineered joining technology, is supporting World Toilet Day, a United Nations initiative, by improving sanitary facilities at schools near its manufacturing plant in Pune, India.
Annually celebrated on Nov. 19, World Toilet Day is intended to draw attention to the fact that more than 2.4 billion people around the world lack access to clean water, toilets, washrooms and other sanitary facilities.
The NORMA Clean Water project in Pune calls for the renovation of sanitary facilities in 50 project schools. Twenty-five schools now have renovated toilets and washrooms separated by gender, including 14 improved in 2016.
“We are proud to be able to report ongoing renovation work at the Indian project schools,” said Werner Deggim, CEO of NORMA Group. “Modern sanitary facilities improve the hygienic conditions at schools and prevent the spread of disease. With NORMA Clean Water, we are helping to improve the conditions at schools in the vicinity of our plant in India and provide access to education to more than 15,000 pupils.”
In addition, the NORMA Clean Water project helps to educate teachers on the importance of hygiene and clean water. More than 1,000 teachers were tutored in 2016 and students were asked to draw charts showing how to use water responsibly. In addition, student club members visited with education authorities in Pune to call attention to the need for other necessary improvements.
After analyzing water-quality at several project schools, NORMA Group also determined a need to install filters to clean the water of pollutants and germs. At one project school mainly attended by Muslim children, the company also financed washroom repairs to allow students to wash their feet before prayers.
Working with the children’s aid organization Plan International Deutschland, the company began the NORMA Clean Water project in 2014.
About NORMA Group
NORMA Group is a global market leader in engineered joining technology. The company manufactures a wide range of innovative connecting solutions and water management technology offering more than 35,000 products to customers in 100 countries with around 6,500 employees. NORMA Group helps its customers and business partners to react to global challenges such as climate change and increasing scarcity of resources. NORMA Group joining products can be found in vehicles and trains, ships and aircraft, buildings and water management as well as in applications for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. The company generated sales of around EUR 890 million in 2015. NORMA Group operates a global network of 22 production facilities as well as numerous sales and distribution sites across Europe, the Americas, and Asia-Pacific. NORMA Group has its headquarters in Maintal, Germany. NORMA Group SE is listed on the German stock exchange (Prime Standard) and included in the MDAX index.
NORMA Americas is an integral part of the NORMA Group. Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, it manufactures high quality clamps, connectors and fluid systems with more than 1,300 employees at eight production facilities in North and South America and has annual sales of about EUR 395 million.