New plant set to boost sales and create jobs

Ward300A £750,000 investment in a new glass beneficiation plant (pictured) is set to boost sales and create 10 new jobs at  Middlesbrough-based Ward Recycling.

The new plant will enable Ward, which employs 140 people across the UK, to boost sales by £2m by taking in sub 12mm mixed glass. Using a special sterilisation and implosion process the company expects to turn out 25,000 tonnes of non-sharp product in 2013 for use in water filtration, shot blast and decorative aggregates.

The expected growth follows support from the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) and Teesside University in working towards and successfully securing BSI PAS 102, the quality accreditation for processed glass used in secondary end markets, held by only a few organisations of Ward’s size.

On the back of the accreditation, the firm’s products are currently being assessed by the DWI (Drinking Water Inspectorate) and, if successful, could see the glass plant running 24 hours a day, five days a week within 18 months.

This would be a significant diversification from Ward’s core offer, which includes bring bank collection services, dry recycling sorting and various styles of kerbside collections.

This material is protected by copyright Ken Hurst 2013.

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About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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