Cullen Packaging has become the first company in the UK to gain compostable packaging certification for a product made of recycled materials. The Glasgow-based company can now display the seedling logo on its soft produce trays for fruit, veg and fungi. The product is one of only a handful of certified compostable packaging products in the world made from recycled materials.
Certification was presented to Cullen business development manager David MacKinnon at the recent RWM exhibition.
Cullen recycles waste from its core business of manufacturing cardboard boxes to make soft produce trays for packaging fruit, vegetables and fungi in grocers and supermarkets.
With the seedling logo, customers will be able to dispose of the trays in their food waste caddy for kerbside collection. They can then be used in industrial composting facilities.
The product is certified under the European Bioplastics certification scheme for ‘products made of compostable materials’, which is managed by Berlin-based certification body Din Certco according to the European Standard EN 13432. The scheme is operated in the UK by the Renewable Energy Association’s subsidiary company REAL.
JCB used RWM to announce the next stage of its engine strategy with the news it has forged a partnership with a leading global manufacturer to produce engines for its compact equipment.
The manufacturer went into production this year with the JCB Ecomax engine, which meets EU Stage IIIB/US Tier 4 Interim emissions standards without the need for a diesel particulate filter (DPF) or external exhaust after treatment.
It has now announced it is adopting a range of fuel-efficient Stage IIIB/Tier 4 Final engines from Kohler’s Global Power Group, for many of its compact machine lines. The water-cooled Kohler Direct Injection engines - which will be branded ‘JCB Diesel by Kohler’meet the next stage of emissions regulations without the need for a DPF.
The first JCB machine to be fitted with the new engine - a JCB 35D 4x4 Teletruk - was unveiled at the recent RWM show.
JCB director of engine programmes Alan Tolley said: “The decision to partner with Kohler to develop engines for JCB compact machines was driven by the synergy in the technologies used by JCB and Kohler to achieve stringent Tier 4 Final emissions legislation. Kohler’s achievement of Tier 4 Final without the need for a bulky DPF is fully in line with our own engine strategy and allows our designers maximum flexibility when it comes to meeting machine design and packaging requirements. These highly efficient engines will offer our customers improved performance and lower fuel consumption.”
The European-built engines will be progressively introduced in JCB products, including midi excavators, the Teletruk TLT35D, 406 and 409 compact wheeled loaders, the 190 and 205 skid steers and 190T and 205T compact tracked loaders, smaller 135, 155 and 175 skid steers and TM180 and TM220 articulated wheeled loading shovels.
The move means Raymond Brown now operates one of the largest Bell wheeled loader fleets in the UK. The additional L2106E loaders are being utilised across Raymond Brown’s new Aggregates and Waste Solutions divisions, working in quarrying and recycling operations, including the processing of incinerator ash.
Nick Moth, group plant manager for Raymond Brown, said that the latest order was the result of its first Bell machines performing up to 2,000 hours trouble-free and meeting expectations.
The wide variety of Raymond Brown’s operations demands machinery that can cross application boundaries. According to Bell, this has been achieved by offering the highest “as standard” specification in the industry. One machine has been fitted with Bell’s advanced fleet management system, Fleetmatic, becoming the first Bell wheeled loader in the world to be trialled with this system.
Bell sold its first wheeled loader in the UK in 2009 and has seen a steady growth in sales since. Nick Learoyd, managing director of Bell Equipment UK, said: “The endorsement our loaders have received from Raymond Brown is a massive boost for Bell’s growing recognition in the market.”
The Volvo Group has come out as the fourth best company in the world when it comes to reporting how the Group works with environmental issues according to a ranking by Global Engagement Services (GES).
The ranking consists of 1,600 international companies with the top three being Xerox, Motorola and Sony.
“We have worked hard to demonstrate how sustainability is linked to our business and it’s encouraging to see that it has paid off. Our vision is to become the world’s leading company within sustainable transport solutions. That means we should also be world leading when it comes to reporting how we are working to get there,” said Olof Persson, chief executive and president at Volvo Group.
The Sustainability Report describes how the Volvo Group addresses economic, environmental and social challenges and opportunities to contribute to sustainable development.