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J&B Recycling, Meltog, Atlas Copco & Jarshire

J&B Recycling is hoping to cut its fuel bills by more than 10% by encouraging its drivers to operate more safely and efficiently and installing technology to measure driving performance.

The Hartlepool-based business is in the process of updating its 19-strong fleet of vehicles and wants to ensure it minimises both fuel costs and environmental impact.

Transport and logistics manager Matt Tyrie (pictured) said: “As a waste management business, reducing our carbon footprint is at the very heart of what we do. We need to set an example by driving forward efficiency in every aspect of our operations.

“When we started to replace the fleet, we knew that had to go hand in hand with fuel efficient driving. Fuel is a massive cost for a business such as ourselves but I’m pleased to see that we are already making significant savings.”

All of the company’s drivers have completed specific Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving (SAFED) training, which encourages them to adopt a series of techniques to cut fuel consumption. These include reducing gear changes and revs; gentler acceleration and deceleration; anticipating hazards; reducing driver idling time; and mapping and planning delivery and collection routes correctly.

The business has also installed Masternaut technology on all of its vehicles to measure driver performance such as when they are speeding, idling or accelerating too quickly.

The driver efficiency programme ties in with J&B replacing its entire fleet of vehicles. Operating newer more fuel efficient vehicles alongside improved driving is expected to reduce transport costs by as much as £45,000 a year.

Tyrie added: “When you look at fuel efficiency before we introduced the SAFED training, we were getting an average of 5mpg on the vehicles, but that’s already up to 6.8mpg so you can see instantly how we are reducing fuel costs.

“But we have also reduced incidents out on the road, which helps if we have more vehicles doing what they should be rather than stuck in a garage out of action.”

Waste recycling equipment manufacturer Meltog has completed the installation of new state of the art machinery at its site on Copley Hill, Leeds. The £200,000 investment, supported by HSBC’s Leeds and Bradford Commercial Centre and the Regional Growth Fund, is part of a wider upgrade of the business’ infrastructure which also includes additional office space and canteen facilities plus the creation of four new skilled jobs.

Managing directorJulian Heyworth said: “The purchase of this new suite of machinery reflects a period of significant growth for Meltog – turnover has doubled over the last 18 months and we are on target to achieve annual revenues of £5m by 2015. Examples of recent growth markets include India and China. The latter, where at one time it was profitable to use human labour in manufacturing, is now mechanising quickly which has significantly boosted our packaging and filtration divisions which account for 50% of turnover.”

The new suite of Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) and general machining equipment features the latest technology and dramatically reduces Meltog’s reliance on outsourced manufacturers, which previously totalled around £2m annually. Heyworth added: “Not only are there cost benefits, but by retaining manufacture of key items in-house we gain greater control to deliver to targets and improve customer service.”

In its waste recycling division, Meltog has recently developed the first all-British designed and manufactured range of mobile confidential shredding trucks. It believes the modular platform is the most sophisticated of its type.

Atlas Copco Compressor Technique, which provides industrial compressors and air management systems, has established a new Vacuum Solutions division. The company has identified ‘vacuum’ as as a strategic growth area which the business can develop.

The new division will be responsible for Atlas Copco’s current vacuum business. And once the company has completed its acquisition of vacuum pump manufacturer Edwards Group, this will also sit within the newly formed Vacuum division. Geert Follens, currently in charge of Atlas Copco’s Industrial Air division, has been appointed president of the new division.

Vacuum solutions will be based in Crawley, United Kingdom.

As part of its development to offer a fully comprehensive service, Jarshire has announced that it now has a fully stocked warehouse in Slough dedicated to holding IPS Balers’ spares.

All IPS baler operators in the UK and Ireland are ensured a quick turnaround and fitting, thereby ensuring little or no down-time.

Director Nick Jobson said: “Efficiency is key to baler operators in MRF and RDF plants as well as those using stand-alone balers. Spares backup and maintenance play no small part and, whether or not we installed the original equipment, our new facility will provide the back-up they need.”

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