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The business of sustainability

27/02/2024

Anton/Bauer is taking a lead in driving the TV and motion picture industry to become more sustainable. But it's not just products like our Salt-E Dog 9kWh sodium sustainable power supply, we are actively embracing sustainable business practices in our manufacturing facilities and offices across the world.

Anton/Bauer is a Videndum brand. The name may not be instantly recognizable to everyone, but anyone that has worked for any length of time in TV or movie production will know the brands it incorporates besides Anton/Bauer.

OConnor, Manfrotto, Sachtler, SmallHD, Teradek, Litepanels, and Vinten, just to name a few.

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The company's roots are as old as the movie business itself. Engineer William Vinten began designing projectors for the budding British film industry back in 1909. Vinten's ingenuity eventually covered a diverse array of cameras, equipment, and camera support gear tripods, pedestals, pan-and-tilt heads, and robotics all of which are still considered industry leaders. The Vinten company continued to acquire top brands in production gear and eventually became Videndum in 2022.

It may be this long history that gives us such a clear sense of the future. The company has first-hand experience of how a company can shape the direction of an entire industry. As a result, we have made our sustainability transformation a priority.

Sustainable production

Our Cartago, Costa Rica factory opened in 1985 as an assembly plant for renowned tripod manufacturer Sachtler. Videndum acquired Sachtler in the 1990s and the facility expanded to become a manufacturing facility for other Videndum brands including Anton/Bauer.

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The Costa Rica plant is now a top-tier manufacturing facility, with close to 200 employees, covering 7500 square meters, and now produces 80% in quantity and 65% in value of the company's products.

Our long-time operation in Costa Rica gives us a head start on other companies as we have already immersed ourselves in a culture and legal framework in which sustainable practice is deeply embedded.

Costa Rica's approach to sustainability on a national level has been aggressive and world-leading. After having one of the worst deforestation rates in the world, over a quarter of the country is now protected. About half of that area is national parkland available to the public, and the rest is accessible only to indigenous people and researchers. In 1998, the government passed the Biodiversity Act, allowing enforcement of sustainable practices when individuals or companies interact with the country's priceless biological resources.

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In 2019, Costa Rica received the Champion of the Earth award, the UN's highest environmental honor and in 2022 became the first country to take advantage of the IMF's new Resilience and Sustainability Facility (RSF), which provides financing to countries trying to reduce risks related to natural disasters.

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