News in brief –14/10/19

Mark Bustard
Mark Bustard has previously held senior positions in Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and bioProcessUK
Mark Bustard appointed Commercial Director at IBioIC

Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC), the specialist body set up to stimulate growth in the Industrial Biotechnology (IB) sector, has appointed Mark Bustard in a newly created role as Commercial Director where he will support the delivery of Scotland’s National Plan for Industrial Biotechnology.

Mark Bustard joins IBioIC from CPI where he was Business Development Director for the National Biologics Manufacturing Centre in Darlington. The new Commercial Director brings a wealth of experience spanning a 25-year career in business support, where he has been a key member in developing the growth of bioprocessing and has helped companies build collaborations and access funding.

Commenting on the new appointment, Bustard said: “I am delighted to be working with this high-energy, knowledgeable and expert team at IBioIC. The focus, now that we are in Phase Two of the National Plan, is to ensure a sustainable business model is in place that supports members to achieve success, linking them with academic research, providing skills development and qualifications, and networking and collaboration opportunities. I am looking forward to building the team to support this.”

IBioIC Governing Board Chair, Anne Glover, said: “We are delighted to welcome Mark as our new Commercial Director. His appointment demonstrates our commitment to delivering the National Plan for Industrial Biotechnology. I am confident that his leadership of the commercial team will help to drive significant growth in the sector by supporting members and academic research partners.”

Iain Hunter from the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences  is also joining the team as interim CEO.

You can find out more about the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre on the IBioIC website.

OptiWaMag kick-off meeting
The kick off meeting was organised by the County of Administrative Board of Östergötland, lead partner of OptiWaMag
OptiWaMag kick-off meeting

The official kick-off meeting of the OptiWaMag project, a collaboration between six partners in the EU, was held from 17 to 18 September in Linköping, Sweden.

OptiWaMag – ‘Optimization of waste management in urban spaces and in household’ – brings together partners from Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Portugal and Sweden, and has been financed by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund.

Prompted by challenges caused by Europe’s increasing population density and continuing growth in waste generation, OptiWaMag aims to demonstrate how the development of the current waste infrastructure and recent waste management practices can deliver sustainable, smart and inclusive growth through the exchange of good practice.

The project’s kick-off meeting set the stage for the three-and-a-half year project involving intense interregional cooperation across Europe, aiming to secure more sustainable ecosystem services and to improve the wellbeing of European citizens.

Over the launch’s two days, partners mapped out the project’s schedule – which will run to August 2023 – reviewed details and aligned the next steps.

More information about OptiWaMag is available on the project’s website and Facebook page.

CorrBoard Bioenergy plant
CB Bio is located adjacent to CorrBoard UK in Scunthorpe
First renewable energy plant for corrugated board manufacture

£5.5 million has been invested in CorrBoard Bioenergy (CB Bio) – the world’s first sustainable energy generation facility fuelled by organic waste to provide heat and power for corrugated sheet board manufacturers, McLaren Packaging and Swanline Group.

The investment will facilitate the manufacture of carbon neutral corrugated material for use at Swanline and McLaren’s respective manufacturing plants in Staffordshire and Port Glasgow.

Some of the waste needed for the 6,400-megawatt per annum energy plant will be sourced from Swanline and McLaren’s packaging users who require compliant food waste disposal as part of a circular economy. The plant’s by-product can also be used as a fertiliser on local farmland.

The modular plant has the capacity to divert 25,000 tonnes of organic waste from landfill to provide more than twice CorrBoard UK’s energy consumption, or enough electricity and heat to sustain 1,500 homes.

Nick Kirby, Swanline’s CEO, said: “CB Bio is a bold statement to our customers who genuinely want to procure corrugated packaging with strong ecological credentials. This is a timely venture providing greener solutions and industry leading benefits for consumers of paper-based packaging. Swanline is committed to providing our customers with a difference and this investment epitomises that pledge.”

Managing Director of McLaren Packaging Donald McLaren added: “This world-first sustainable energy generation facility is a game-changer in the paper-based packaging sector and demonstrates how, through investment, collaboration and innovation, McLaren Packaging is rising to meet the pressing environmental challenge through sustainable solutions.”

More information can be found on the CorrBoard Bioenergy website and videos can be downloaded here.

Updated JCB wheeled loaders
The Stage V 457 is up to 10 per cent more fuel efficient than the previous model
JCB updates wheeled loaders

JCB has updated its 457, 437 and 427 Wastemaster wheeled loading shovels to meet the upcoming EU Stage V emissions legislation.

The new Stage V Wastemasters feature Cummins diesel engines that deliver an increase in engine power and a reduction in emissions and fuel consumption.

The biggest of the Wastemaster wheeled loaders – the 457 – has had its power output boosted from 192 kilowatts (258 horsepower) to 210 kilowatts (282 horsepower), with the other vehicles’ outputs boosted respectively.

The machines have two power modes, meaning the outputs of the engines can be reduced when lighter duties are being undertaken and the vehicles are now supplied as standard with a five-speed Powershift transmission, in place of the previous four-speed unit.

The ability to operate both in low-power mode and with optimised efficiency through the use of better-spaced transmission ratios means fuel consumption is cut, and the Stage V 457 is up to 10 per cent more fuel efficient than the model it replaces.

Extra safety measures have been added, such as a roof-mounted forward-facing camera, proximity sensors that alert the operator to any obstructions to the rear of the loader, and seat belt beacons that flash when the operator seat belt is not engaged. The machines’ forward speed can also  be restricted if required.

All Wastemaster wheeled loaders are offered with a choice of smooth non-traction or semi-solid tyres to eliminate the problems caused when waste products such as plastic bottles or metal cans become embedded in a tyre’s tread pattern.

You can find more about JCB’s product’s on the company’s website.

Clean-up at Tavistock Goose Fair
Council staff worked until one in the morning to clean up after the annual fair
Tavistock Goose Fair clean-up

Following the town’s annual Goose Fair, more than seven tonnes of rubbish was cleared from Tavistock’s streets in a record four hours.

The Goose Fair attracts thousands of extra visitors to the town each year and as fairgoers left and stall-holders packed up on Wednesday night (9 October), West Devon Borough Council’s contractor, FCC Environment, organised a huge clear up assisted by council staff.

The team worked until one in the morning on Thursday to ensure the streets were spotless for residents and businesses starting their day after the town’s busiest day of the year.

In the space of four hours, all the streets, residential gardens and parks around the town centre had been cleared of waste – around 1.5 tonnes was recycled.

Commenting on the clean-up, Councillor Caroline Mott, West Devon Borough Council's Lead Member for Environment, said: “The FCC team do such an important job of a huge overnight clear up without much recognition. It’s not much fun to come out in the early hours of the morning to be faced with such a huge clear up.”

“Thank you to the fairgoers and stall-holders who played a part by disposing their waste in designated areas and using the reverse vending machine to recycle their plastic drinking bottles, while raising money for the West Devon and Tavistock Mayors’ charities.”

Steve Longdon, Regional Director of FCC, added: “Residents of West Devon have come to expect high standards when it comes to the cleanliness of their streets and rightly so. But large scale public events are always a challenge and I am proud to say that our team, working alongside council staff, did a fantastic job long into the night to ensure it was business as usual the next day after another successful Tavistock Goose Fair.”

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