Business in Brief – 12/11/19

Biogen's new Anaerobic Digestion plant in Weston-super-Mare
The Weston-super-Mare plant is capable of generating enough renewable electricity to power around 2,000 homes
Biogen acquires new AD plant

Biotechnology company Biogen has acquired a 1.1-megawatt operational anaerobic digestion (AD) facility from Enovert for an undisclosed sum.

The facility, located in Weston-super-Mare, is an important component of waste management and food recycling in the region, collecting discarded food waste from the local area as well as additional waste from local businesses.

Biogen’s new acquisition uses a CHP engine, to capture and convert methane gas from waste, generating enough renewable green electricity to power around 2,000 homes, as well as converting food waste into a nutrient-rich biofertiliser.

Biogen’s portfolio of 14 UK AD plants was purchased by Ancala Partners LLP in 2017 after it acquired Biogen from joint venture partners Bedfordia Group and Kier Group.

Adam Feneley, Managing Director at Biogen, commented: “This is an ideal addition to the Biogen portfolio and provides exposure to a new geographic region for the business. We look forward to working in partnership with Enovert to improve recycling targets and increase renewable energy generation for the benefit of the local community and stakeholders.”

Spence Clunie, Managing Partner at Ancala Partners LLP, added: “The Weston-super-Mare facility is a high-quality asset serving an important community. Its integration into our Biogen platform will mean it can benefit from resources and expertise of the team. This acquisition demonstrates our ability to secure add-on investments and promote businesses that benefit local communities.”

Earlier this year, Biogen was named Recycling Business of the Year at the Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management, as well as winning the Organics
Recycling Business of the Year award.

Read more about Biogen on the company’s website.

Wheelabrator Harewood, a new waste-to-energy facility near Andover, Hampshire.
Wheelabrator is holding five drop-in consultation events throughout November
Wheelabrator Harewood launches second public consultation

Wheelabrator Technologies launched a statutory consultation on 1 November over its plans for Wheelabrator Harewood, a new waste-to-energy facility at Raymond Brown’s A303 Enviropark near Andover, Hampshire.

The facility would be capable of diverting up to 500,000 tonnes of residual household and business waste from landfill or export, instead using it to generate energy to support 110,000 homes.

Wheelabrator states that its new facility would also enable the recycling of valuable materials and create opportunities for hundreds of local job-seekers, suppliers and companies.

Since launching an initial consultation in February, Wheelabrator has reviewed the public’s comments, and prepared a Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR) covering a wide range of topics including landscape, air quality, traffic and socio-economics. The PEIR illustrates how Wheelabrator has considered and acted on the feedback it has received to date – key changes include a reduction in the overall height of both the building itself and the stacks.

The community now has an opportunity to review these more detailed plans and again have their say on the proposals.

Wheelabrator Technologies Vice President for Business Development, Paul Green, said: “Since we held our first stage of consultation we’ve been considering the feedback we received and adding a lot more detail to our proposals in the areas that we know are important to local people.

“Our research shows that, even after all the government’s recycling targets have been met, there will be around 900,000 tonnes of waste that’s being generated every year by Hampshire and the counties that are its immediate neighbours. Our proposals represent an environmentally responsible opportunity to divert a large proportion of this waste from being sent to landfill or exported overseas.”

You can follow the project’s development on Wheelabrator’s website.

Vanden Recycling expands to Dubai

Plastics recycling company, Vanden Recycling, has established a new location in Dubai, servicing the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region.

Currently, the recycling rate in the region is less than 10 per cent, and research released last year indicated Saudi Arabia and the UAE to be two of the world’s largest waste producers. The region is now pushing an agenda to reach improved diversion rates as soon as 2021.

In order to achieve these goals, there is an urgent need for sustainable recovery systems and a structured approach to plastics recycling. Vanden will support the area’s recycling ecosystem, acting as a leader and offering expertise on recyclables, increasing awareness and creating value.

Beril Yesilirmak, newly appointed Business Development Manager for Vanden Recycling FZCO in Dubai, will be leading the organisation’s efforts in the GCC and commented: “With our extensive knowledge of polymers, markets and processes, Vanden can help the region achieve its targets.

“Our strong belief that plastic ‘waste’ is a commodity that creates sustainable circular supply chains means that Vanden is well positioned to support. Opportunities in the UAE and GCC are obvious with the low recycling rates and high waste generation.”

“It’s imperative that we increase the awareness about the importance and the opportunities for plastic scrap and waste in the region with Vanden solutions.”

Learn more about Vanden Recycling on the company’s website.

Stefan Maiaroli, new business head for Bunting's Italian office
Stefan Maiaroli appointed, as Bunting’s export business from the UK into Europe continues to increase
Bunting establishes Italian office

Magnet design and manufacturing company, Bunting, has appointed Stefano Maiaroli to head up business development in Italy and Southern Europe.

The Bunting manufacturing facilities are based in Redditch, just outside Birmingham, and Berkhamsted, UK. However, Bunting’s export business from the UK into Europe has increased significantly in recent years and the latest appointment offers the opportunity to break into a new market sector as part of an ongoing strategy to develop additional export business for magnets, magnetic separators and metal detectors.

“Locally-based employees are tuned into the nuances of the market and provide better customer service,” explained Simon Ayling, Bunting’s European Managing Director. “Stefano is our first appointment, focusing on Italy and the Mediterranean countries, but will not be our last.”

“Bunting has an extensive product portfolio which reaches out to a wide range of industries,” he added. “Our high intensity magnetic separators for the mineral processing sector are world-leading. Sales for metal separation equipment for the recycling sector continues to grow at a rapid rate. And we are recognised as a global expert for bespoke magnets, magnet assemblies and magnetisers.

Stefano Maiaroli, an engineer with over twenty years of experience of providing technical solutions, has been developing business in Europe for equipment manufacturers for nearly ten years. This has included setting up distributorships and directly managing key accounts.

Read more about Bunting’s expansion on the company’s website.

Princess Anne presenting Veolia with award for 'Respect at Work' training
Princess Anne presenting Veolia with award for 'Respect at Work' training
Veolia gains royal recognition for ‘Respect at Work’ training

Waste management company, Veolia, has received recognition for its recent training initiative, ‘Respect at Work’, being presented with the Princess Royal Training Award (PRTA) by HRH Princess Anne at a ceremony held at St James’s Palace in London on 30 October.

Established by global skills development body, City & Guilds Group, The Princess Royal Training Awards (PRTAs) recognise employers whose training and development programmes show compelling and irrefutable evidence of how training has directly influenced business results.

The ‘Respect at Work’ training programme was developed to help Veolia’s operative workforce, who are out working with the general public on a daily basis, better manage the regular verbal and physical abuse they receive from members of the public – a significant issue for staff.

The programme was implemented by the People Development team and a training bus was deployed across the UK in order to maximise reach across operational sites.

After around 3,500 employees completed the training, Veolia received a positive feedback rate of 99 per cent from those who answered the survey, with 97 per cent saying they had learned a new skill.

Gavin Graveson, Executive Vice-President, Veolia UK & Ireland, commented: “This award is a huge achievement and it shows the commitment Veolia has not only to learning and people development, but for the wellbeing of employees too. With Safety as the first strategic objective of our safety culture, the need for employees to be given the knowledge and training required to protect themselves from incidents of abuse by members of the public is very important."

You can find out more about Veolia on the company’s website.