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C.F. Martin & Company – Life Cycle Assessment

C.F. Martin & Company (Martin Guitars) is an American guitar manufacturer established in 1833 by Christian Frederick Martin. It is highly respected for its acoustic guitars and is a leading manufacturer of flat-top guitars. The company has also made mandolins and tiples, as well as several models of electric guitars and electric basses, although none of these other instruments are still in production.
Martin's Guitar guitar

The Challenge

Being highly aware of the need to act to prevent climate change, C.F. Martin & Company wanted to move forward with its calculation of Greenhouse Gas emissions resulting from the production of one of their guitars.

The Solution

CSE performed the LCA calculations to produce the new Model OM Biosphere based on data provided by Martin Guitar. CSE used the most relevant and accurate International Standards to perform its LCA study. CSE made the calculations needed and the verification for the creation of the Carbon Footprint study. For the calculations of the carbon footprint, CSE performed the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of the new Model OM Biosphere guitar, which included: the production and transportation of the raw materials, transportation of the final product, energy consumption, packaging, waste management and generally all procedures that were needed to create the product.

The Benefits

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Supporting company Brand Image and Reputation

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Increased awareness on Climate Change

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Benchmark its product with others

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Identification of the most energy-consuming sources of the lifecycle of the product

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Increased awareness of climate change to its stakeholders

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