Tuesday, November 10, 2015

News: Beatson Clark invests in Rotherham

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Leading glass manufacturer Beatson Clark has invested £840,000 in a new recycling plant at its Rotherham site - a site has seen some £20m of investment in recent years.

The Greasborough Road firm, which has been making glass bottles and jars in Rotherham since 1751, specialises in providing glass packaging solutions for niche brands in the food, drink and pharmaceutical markets worldwide. It holds the contract to manage Rotherham's recycling collections and receives 6,240 tonnes of mixed material from the council every year, of which 4,734 tonnes is glass.

Beatson Clark installed a new automated recycling system in October which will make recycling much faster and allow it to process more cullet (waste glass) for its furnaces.

The new plant processes six tonnes of materials per hour – almost twice the three and a half tonnes that could be processed previously.

Sorting was done manually but the new system has an optical sorting machine which uses light and cameras to sort glass of different colours and identify ceramics, stones and porcelain which can cause defects in the glass and damage the furnace if they're not removed.

An over belt magnet and eddy current sorter will also pull out any metals from the glass and an automatic baler will bale the metals.

Colin Saysell, supply chain manager at Beatson Clark (pictured, centre), said: "Sourcing the right quantity of glass cullet can be difficult at times so our new, improved recycling plant will help to prevent us running short.

"Residents can help us too by only putting glass bottles and jars, metal cans and lids, and textiles and footwear in the blue box. They should not put Pyrex or pottery in as this won't melt in our furnaces and can even cause damage and rejected bottles, wasting both glass and energy.

"The improvements will also help us to reduce our carbon footprint as the recycled material only has to travel a few metres from the plant to the furnace rather than being brought in from a recycling processor several miles away."

All the glass recycled at Beatson Clark is used to make new bottles and jars, while the textiles, steel and aluminium are removed and sent on for further processing to recycling partners.

Beatson Clark produces glass packaging for well known brands such as Lyle's Golden Syrup, BrewDog beers and Lemsip cough medicine.

The historic company has recently put in place a long term, £12m investment programme in Rotherham which included building a new amber furnace, a new six-section bottle forming machine and a new capping machine. A £5.4m white flint furnace became fully operational in 2012. As well as improving the production process, Beatson Clark also invested in new design technology. The company updated its CAD (Computer-Aided Design) system to the latest 3D visualisation software.

Now part of the Newship Group of companies, Beatson Clark has a turnover of around £45m and over 300 staff.

Beatson Clark wesbite

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