Clearview National April 2019 - Issue 209 - Page 20

PROUD SPONSOR OF INDUSTRY NEWS INDUSTRYNEWS PVC RECYCLING CAPACITY QUADRUPLES TO 45,000 TONNES PER YEAR » » DECEUNINCK GROUP PROUDLY announces it has put a new recycling facility into service at its recycling and compounding site in Diksmuide, Belgium. The brand-new high-tech recycling line will allow Deceuninck to recycle up to 45,000 tonnes of PVC-U a year. Input material will be sourced from post-industrial waste collection (own scrap and customers off-cuts), as well as from the huge amount of 30 to 40-year-old first generation PVC-U windows which are gradually being replaced. This investment confirms Deceuninck’s belief in PVC-U as a sustainable and future- proof material for the building industry. Thanks to its low thermal conductivity, PVC-U window profiles have three times the heat insulation efficiency of aluminium profiles (https://vinylplus.eu/recycling/a- smart-material/sustainable-recyclable) during the lifetime of the windows as well as during production and end-of-life recycling, the energy consumption and CO2 emission of PVC-U windows is less than half of its aluminium counterparts (Baldasano study, vinylplus.be). Thanks to the high recyclability of PVC-U, it can be reused almost endlessly without loss of quality. On top of this, according to estimations by VinylPlus (https:// vinylplus.eu/), for each kg of PVC-U recycled, 2 kg of CO2 is saved. Finally, the Deceuninck recycling facility will save more than 2 million windows per year from landfill or incineration. The installation includes the latest technology which will enable Deceuninck to recycle PVC-U profiles of all colours and of all different compositions, including those containing glass-fibre. During the recycling process, all contaminations are removed, grinded and sorted by colour. After granulation, the recycled material, which is a perfect alternative to virgin material, is used for the extrusion of new PVC-U window profiles. Francis Van Eeckhout, Deceuninck CEO says: “This investment underlines the ecological ambition of both Deceuninck and our customers. The increasing use of recycled materials will further reduce the ecological footprint of our products and of our production processes. It will also reduce dependency on virgin material supply and mitigate to a certain extent the negative effect of fluctuating raw material prices.” Rob McGlennon, Deceuninck UK Managing Director says: “It’s important for us to close the loop and make our processes as sustainable as possible. Deceuninck’s new recycling plant, close to our worldwide headquarters in Belgium demonstrates this commitment to sustainability.” www.deceuninck.co.uk Synseal Group Acquired by Aperture Trading Ltd Aperture Trading Ltd announces it has successfully completed an agreement to purchase the majority of Synseal Group’s trade and assets from administration for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition will safeguard more than 1000 jobs, secure supply to 1200 customers and allow the business to focus time and investment on areas which can be grown and create new value. » » ANDY JONES COMMENTS: “Following months of speculation, customers and the entire supply chain can rest assured that Aperture’s management team are all unswerving in our commitment to the venture, and between us, will bring to market a powerful blend of decades of industry experience, backed with a depth of strategic business acumen from other sectors.” Benefitting from significant levels of new investment into the venture, Aperture has been established by Synseal’s former majority shareholder together with the Chairman, and with the backing of the senior management team, including CEO Matthew Mycock and Group Sales & Marketing Director Andy Jones. The trade and assets acquired are Synseal Extrusions, Warmcore, PVC-U fabrications including vertical sliders, roof systems, residential doors – now known as Calibre doors – Global Glass and Norvik. CEO Matthew Mycock adds: “The formation of Aperture Trading Ltd provides the platform from which to develop a business that is right-sized and fit for 20 » A PR 2019 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M the future, and one in which investment can be made across the many innovative products that will drive its growth. “We all know that the fenestration sector is fast changing and will continue to be under challenge in a number of ways: raw material costs, accelerated consolidation across extruders, fabricators and installers, stagnation in some product categories and a significant reduction in consumer confidence. And yet, there is still real opportunity to be found. “But to access it, businesses need to decide where their core is and honestly appraise current performance and where the opportunities for improvement lie. That’s why it has been critical to implement these changes and secure investment across the businesses in order to seize this opportunity. The team is now clear on the way forward. We’re determined that we will create a simpler, more customer focused, and more sustainable business for our customers, colleagues and critical supply chain partners.” www.synseal.com