Yorkshire-based DR Baling, which currently produces steel wire, is investing £2.5m in developing PlasLOC, a heavy-duty non-slip plastic wire used for baling waste.
It claims the wire has the same properties as steel but can be incinerated, unlike metal wire which has to be removed from bales before input to an energy recovery process.
DR Baling said that PlasLOC can be manufactured at 20% of the cost of steel wire. Since its September launch, it is being rolled out to European customers, with a US launch planned for next year.
DR Baling managing director Peter Robinson privately funded the two-year R&D project. He said that PlasLOC was born out of a need to diversify in the face of cheap foreign imports:
“DR Baling has spent 50 years at the forefront of baling wire manufacture, but it has become increasingly difficult to compete against subsidised foreign steel imports, notably from Spain.
“It has been a long journey to develop this product and ensuring the correct tensile. We have developed the plastic extrusion and downstream processes in-house. And by applying expert knowledge, we’ve developed a pioneering product with unique tensile, stretching, heating and coiling properties.”