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AWS Plastics back on site

AWS Plastics is back on its Lincolnshire site despite two of its buildings being destroyed after a fire broke out last week. (see MRW story)

The bottle sorting and storage buildings have been completely destroyed, while the newest building, which houses the washing and extrusion lines, was untouched by the blaze.

AWS is using hire equipment to carry on production and is currently looking for sources of PET flake to wash and extrude into pellet.

Furthermore, work to rebuild the two fire-damaged buildings is to begin imminently, with plans to demolish them and rebuild them from scratch.

AWS Plastics commercial director Duncan Oakes said: The crucial point is that no-one was hurt in the fire. Management on site at the time did everything they had to in an excellent manner and even tried to fight the initial fire with a basic extinguisher. It could have been a whole lot worse.

The positive point is that reconstructing the bottle sorting and storage buildings will be a much quicker process than if we had to rebuild the washing and extrusion building, as the equipment can take a while to get hold of.

It is thought the blaze, which began on 25 August and continues to smoulder, was caused by an electric fan although investigations are yet to confirm the source of the fire.
The firm had delivered its first orders of food grade pellet, which had recently been certified, just before the fire began.

Oakes added: We had literally reached the last point of a plan that we had been working on for three years, which was to produce and supply food grade pellet and then the fire happened. Its a big setback but well move on.


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