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Grundon not rushing on international expansion

The UK’s largest privately owned waste management group has said it is not pressing for more international deals despite signing its first long-term contract.

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Grundon Waste Management announced in April that it had partnered with a Lebanese-based construction group to develop waste facilities in the Middle East and Africa.

As part of the deal, the company will recommend best available technology and offer general expertise remotely to MAN Enterprise.

Speaking exclusively to MRW, deputy chairman Neil Grundon, picturedsaid he met the company about five years ago and discussed a potential contract in Africa before deciding against it “right in the middle of the recession”.

Grundon said the contract with MAN, which likes “big deals and modern technology”, had come to fruition but added that his business was not now making a “big push” to get more similar oversees business.

“It is not something that we are scared of, but this is the first time we have made a commitment to say, ’let’s make a long-term commitment to the region and see what comes out of it’.

“We are not making a big push to do other deals like this at the moment. Slowly, slowly.”

It is not the first international deal for the company. About 15 years ago it had a contract in Malaysia to build medical waste plants and another in the Falkland Islands about 10 years ago to clean up after the army.

  • Read Neil Grundon’s Big Interview in the 7 May issue of MRW

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