Business in Brief – 11/10/19

Birmingham Airport
Birmingham Airport has plans to grow the current 13 million passengers to 18 million passengers by 2030
UKWSL awarded Birmingham Airport recycling contract

UK Waste Solutions Ltd (UKWSL) has been awarded a contract worth several hundreds of thousands of pounds to provide a range of waste management services at Birmingham Airport.

The contract is provided by OCS Group UK Ltd and the partnership between the companies will aim to improve the airport’s reuse and recycling rates through innovative solutions including coffee cup recycling, reverse vending machines and charitable ‘Reuse’ partnerships for abandoned luggage. 

Commenting on being awarded the contract, UKWSL’s Managing Director, Max Kanda, said: “We share OCS and Birmingham Airport’s commitment to developing an increasing sustainable environment for both passengers and employees. We look forward to helping reduce the amount of waste that is produced and recycling as much material as possible in order to realise its commercial and environmental value.”

You can read more about UK Waste Solutions on the UKWSL website.

Kiverco modular picking plant
The PS122 Picking Station is a modular version of Kiverco's stationary equipment
Kiverco and Arcon Polska debut modular picking station in Poland

In conjunction with a new European distributor, recycling solutions provider, Kiverco, has launched a new modular Picking Station at the Pol-Eco System trade show in Poland.

Due to growing sales across Europe, Kiverco has recently expanded its European distributor network and has partnered with Arcon Polska to launch the PS122 Picking Station, a new modular version of its popular equipment.

Kiverco showcased the new machine at the Pol-Eco System trade show on Wednesday 9 October and Arcon Polska can now distribute it to customers across Central and Eastern Europe.

The trade show, held in Poznań, brought together companies from across the recycling industry, presenting advanced technologies, solutions and products for sustainable development.

Find more information about the PS122 Picking Station on Kiverco’s Website.

Egbert Taylor bin and team member
Lee McDermott, Weld Shop Supervisor at Egbert Taylor, prepares a Taylor Bin for one of the firm's international customers
Highest ever international sales for Egbert Taylor

After securing export revenue of almost £5 million, Worcester-based container manufacturer, Egbert Taylor, has announced 2019 as its biggest year for international trade since its export programme launched in 2012.

The manufacturer, which uses British-sourced materials, has continued to win contracts from new territories such as Peru, Sri Lanka and India, as well as receiving continued custom from existing clients in Kuwait and Malaysia.

In September, Egbert Taylor completed an order for 7,000 Taylor Continental 1,100-litre containers from customers in Kuwait who have committed to purchasing a further 10,000 units in 2020. Another order for 2,200 containers was processed for a returning customer in Malaysia who has been using Taylor Bins for the past seven years.

Commenting on the announcement, Egbert Taylor’s Export Manager, Matthew Young, said: “This is a significant moment for the business. Not just because of the fact that we’ve had our best ever year for export, but because we’re securing repeat business from international customers who have used our containers for seven years and are coming back to us on the basis that the quality of our products is second to none.”

SWM Environment Sdn Bhd (SWM), an integrated waste management and public cleansing service provider in southern Malaysia, regularly uses Egbert Taylor’s services.

On choosing Taylor bins, SWM’s CEO and Vice Chairman of International Solid Waste Management Association, Mr D L Ho, commented: “The effective containerisation of waste in hot, humid climates is incredibly important and the risks associated with procuring substandard bins is too great for us.”

“We had the problem of hot ashes and the issue of burning waste beside bins, which has been eliminated by the quality of Taylor Bins. In Egbert Taylor we have created a reliable partnership and through the Taylor brand we have found a product that can withstand even the harshest of conditions.”

For more information on Egbert Taylor visit the company’s website.

Reconomy CEO, Paul Cox
“Our goal is to bring about genuine change in the waste and recycling sector," says Reconomy's CEO, Paul Cox
Reconomy features in Grant Thornton Top Track 250

Waste management and recycling services provider, Reconomy, has featured in the annual Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250.

The list, published as a ten-page supplement within the business section on Sunday 6 October, ranks the 250 biggest companies (outside of the Top Track 100) by sales, provided they meet specific growth and profitability criteria.

Reconomy’s inclusion in the list follows a period of sustained growth and an accelerated strategic acquisition plan with Helistrat, Valpak and Prismm joining the group in the last year. The company is in good company, with the combined sales of the top 250 rising by 16 per cent to £63.4 billion; operating profits increasing by 22 per cent to £6 billion; and the number of employees rising by 11 per cent to 373,000.

Reconomy’s CEO, Paul Cox, was voted one of the Telegraph’s Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders in 2018 and since then the company has launched its industry leading Social Value Programme, which is receiving much positive recognition

Commenting on the list, Cox said: “Reconomy’s position in this year’s Top Track 250 reflects our success in combating the tough economic conditions and maintaining sustained growth in both revenue and profitability.”

“Our goal is to bring about genuine change in the waste and recycling sector and this recognition shows that we are well on our way to becoming the UK’s leading sustainable business, delivering meaningful commercial, environmental and social value.”

The full league table can be found on the Sunday Times Fast Track website.

New Grundon truck for the Bristol fleet
Left to Right: John Stephens and Stephen Townsend from Grundon with Spencer Law fromRVS
Grundon expands Bristol fleet with RVS trucks

Family-owned waste management and environmental services company Grundon Waste Management has purchased two brand new waste collection vehicles to boost the fleet at its Bristol depot as part of an ongoing efficiency drive.

The vehicles, which are both 26-tonne Mercedes Econic 2630s, have been fitted with Dennis Olympus OL21W bodies and Beta trade bin lifts. They were supplied by Refuse Vehicle Solutions Ltd (RVS) via its bespoke RediTruck service which produces custom-made vehicles to short time scales.

John Stephens, Grundon Waste Management’s General Manager in Logistics, said: “We needed to replace some hired vehicles quickly to make cost efficiencies at our new Bristol depot. RVS were able to supply the correct vehicles to Grundon specifications and meet our tight timescales, at a competitive price.”

“We’ve worked with RVS for many years, not just for the purchase of vehicles, but also using their expertise in vehicle remanufacturing and servicing. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship for both parties.”

Both vehicles were delivered in under four months, branded in Grundon livery and built to match the company’s standard specifications. The trucks are fitted with six-way recording camera systems and VWS Enviroweigh Trade Approved bin weighing.

Spencer Law, Managing Director at RVS said: “We’re pleased that our RediTruck service has assisted Grundon to replace vehicles quickly and with the minimum amount of hassle. It’s for exactly this reason that we set it up. We aim to provide a comprehensive range of support services to Grundon, and all our customers, so they can call on us as and when they need us.”

Find out more about Refuse Vehicle Solutions Ltd on the RVS website, and more about Grundon’s services on the company’s webpage.