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Product news round-up - 19 October

Metalcashcard’s identity and payment system is increasing productivity for scrap dealers. It offers scrap dealers and the ELV industry a solution to new laws that came into force this month which state that those selling scrap must have ID verified and cannot be paid in cash.

The all-in-one mobile terminal combines a camera and a printer. With the new laws demanding photo, address and vehicle ID confirmation, accurate records and cashless transactions, the Metalcashcard system does a full ‘Know Your Customer’ check, with data held securely offsite at its ISO27001 bank grade data centre. This saves the need for data protection processes for storing customer identification copies.  

One Stop Recycling director Amy Bird said: “Using Metalcashcard saves us time by simplifying the process of verifying and paying a seller. We’ve been using the system since December 2012 and have found that it is encouraging door trade and so helping to grow our business.”

Once verified, sellers are given a payment card and are set up with a bank account which provides instant access to cash paid for scrap. This is attractive for sellers that hold no bank account, and for yard owners who can conduct bank-to-bank transactions quickly.

Bird added: “Metalcashcard has increased productivity for our team. The system allows us to store ID securely, so we don’t have to keep asking for it and we can turn clients quickly. With cash, cheques and banks payments, we had to employ a team member to process payments, reconcile accounts, photocopy cheques and deal with sellers chasing payments. Now we have a quick payment method and can trace a transaction easily.”

Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) specialist Really Green Credentials has been accredited as a certification body for PAS 141 – the only British Standard specifically designed for the re-use of electrical appliances.

Julie-Ann Adams, managing director at Really Green Credentials said: “Re-use is becoming more prevalent, and with the latest round of the EU WEEE Directive Recast calling for a requirement for minimum targets of re-use of WEEE collected, the trend is set to continue.

“However, customers still need reassurance that refurbished products are up to scratch, and that unwanted appliances are treated appropriately, with secure removal of confidential data. Re-use organisations which opt for the independent certification will be well positioned to exploit increased confidence in their products and services to leverage new business.”

The specification covers all aspects of the re-use process, from visual inspections and functionality tests to data eradication, labelling and warranties. It also includes wider business practices such as health and safety of personnel and robust record keeping. Audits take up to two days in general and once complete, organisations are awarded their certificates, or asked to perform corrective actions if required.

Cemex concrete blocks are now being produced using a material from the cement industry, bypass dust, which historically was landfilled. Production at the concrete block factories at Buxton, Derbyshire and Wickwar, Gloucestershire, has been established and resulted in using bypass dust at a rate of 10% by weight of cement.

During 2012 extensive trials were successfully carried out and this year these have been replicated at the Northfleet block plant  in Kent. Cemex estimates that this plant will need more than 1,000 tonnes of the material a year, which will come from the company’s Rugby cement plant.

The initiative is designed to support Cemex’s resource efficiency measures: it now uses around 60 times more waste and by- products in processes than is sent to landfill.

Sheffield-based Neilson Hydraulics & Engineering has invested in a new digital platform to take its business to the next level.

Norman Opie, Neilson Hydraulics director said: “A lot of companies are now using the internet to source products, which is becoming a strong trend in our industry. Our e-shop allows customers to access hydraulic components 24/7, at their own convenience, during and outside office hours.”

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