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Product news round-up

FMX truck designed with improved manoeuvrability

Volvo Trucks unveiled its Volvo FMX at the Bauma exhibition in Munich, Germany. It boasts an array of updates including a redesigned cab interior, new air suspension system, raised ground clearance and Volvo Dynamic Steering - according to the company a world-first innovation designed to improve manoeuvrability.

Volvo Trucks president Claes Nilsson said: “Most of the new features are designed to increase the truck’s productivity and durability. We have improved every detail of the truck - large and small - which are vital for ensuring robustness and handling.”

The FMX chassis is suitable for construction and waste and recycling applications, with typical uses in the waste and recycling sector including 6x4 or 8x4 trucks as refuse trucks or hook loaders. The FMX is especially good in off-road situations, and its Tridem concept offers a potentially more manoeuv-rable solution for operators with restricted access.

Container sensor cuts the cost of waste logistics

Enevo the Finnish manufacturer of waste management logistics optimisation systems, has just secured a e2m (£1.7m) investment from government-owned Finnish Industry Investment and Lifeline Ventures. The company said the funding would be used to start worldwide deliveries.

Enevo wireless sensors monitor waste container fill levels in real time, with the data gathered and analysed in order to calculate optimal collection schedules and routes for collection fleets. This enables containers to be emptied when needed.

Enevo chief executive and co-founder Fredrik Kekäläinen said: “Our customers save 30% of direct waste logistics costs and improve quality. We provide a pay-as-you-go model and do not require an upfront investment from customers.

“Sensor data can be easily integrated into existing fleet management systems to provide a fully automated and optimal collection scheduling and routing solution.”

Lifeline Ventures partner Timo Ahopelto added: “Logistics is 30-50% of the total cost of waste manage-ment. Enevo’s simple system cuts logistics costs and therefore provides significant strategic advantages.”


Elite Concrete opens new facility for overseas move

A Shropshire precast concrete company has officially opened a state-of-the-art facility. Telford-based Elite Precast Concrete’s 23,000sq ft of manufacturing, workshop and office space gives the firm a total capacity of around 48,000sq ft.

Elite Precast has also taken on an additional 1.5-acre yard, in a move described as “a crucial building block” in the business’s growth plans, which include increasing its presence in international markets such as the Netherlands, Germany and the Middle East.

The company has grown to become a UK market leader in the manufacturing of interlocking ‘V’ and ‘Lego’ precast concrete blocks, used by local authorities and recycling businesses to create waste storage bays.

Pictured are Martin Clarke, British Precast Concrete Federation chief executive and Owen Batham, sales and marketing director of Elite.

Polymer waste under test for metal products

A pan European consortium is investigating the use of mixed polymer waste in manufacturing high-value products with similar properties to timber or aluminium.

Plastic Recyclate Impression Moulding Engineering (Prime) has developed a process for manufacturing a range of complex products, such as flood barrier panels, and has made its first prototype.

Steve Morgan from Recoup, also Prime’s commercial exploitation manager, said: “We have seen some promising results in the manufacture of panels. It demonstrates the potential of using mixed polymer waste to create high-end products that can be used in many industries.”

Environmental testing on the panels continues, and life cycle analysis will compare panels manufactured using mixed plastic waste with the aluminium panels currently used in flood defence.

Paper to confetti UNTHA

Paper shredded ready for recycling

Waste management company BPR Group has invested in a leading-edge shredder to improve the scope and security of its confidential paper destruction service.

The company has installed the Untha RS100 shredder at its Purfleet facility, enabling its shredding operation to be brought in-house rather than contract it out. As a result, BPR is now generating revenues of more than £100 per tonne of shredded paper and expects to see a return on its investment in four years.

The RS100 shredder is enabling BPR to process five to six tonnes of confidential waste paper every hour. Due to its high-torque, slow-speed shredding process, it complies with secure shredding standards without destroying the paper fibre content so that it can be baled for recycling.

BPR Group director Alison Roe said: “We are extremely pleased with the new shredding unit, which gives us increased security and peace of mind for our clients by bringing our shredding process in-house.

“It also gives us control over the output of shredded paper from which we are now able to generate a revenue.”

Pictured above are Roe with Alan Harvey, business development manager of Untha.

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