Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Glass Act for Ward's Growth

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Glass Act for Ward's Growth

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A PS750,000 investment in a new glass plant is set to reap dividends for a Middlesbrough recycling specialist. Ward Recycling, which employs 140 people across the UK, is now expanding thanks to the new beneficiation plant.

It is able to take sub 12mm mixed glass and - using a special sterilisation and implosion process - turn it into non-sharp product for use in water filtration, shot blast and decorative aggregates.

Two new clients are being added every week, with the company expecting to produce 25,000 tonnes in 2013, adding a further PS2m in sales and creating up to 10 jobs.

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.

"It's been a hectic six months, but we are now finally in a position to take advantage of the investment and increase capacity," explained Paul Stonehouse, sales and marketing manager at the glass plant.

"Securing BSI PAS 102 opens up a whole host of new markets for us."

He added: "Getting this accreditation is a tough ask and we knew we needed some external support in achieving it. We discussed this with Teesside University who signposted us to MAS, who provided us with strategic ad vice and a PS3,000 grant towards consultancy services." Ward Recycling is one of only a few organisations of its size to hold BSI PAS 102 and further assistance has allowed it to display it in a sales document that is being used to drive new business.

On the back of the accreditation, the firm's products are currently being assessed by the DWI (Drinking Water Inspectorate) under Reg 31/BS6920 and, if successful, could see the glass plant running 24 hours a day, five days a week within 18 months.

This will form a significant diversification from the firm's core offer, which includes recycling sorting and kerbside collections. …

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