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WEDGE GROUP GALVANISING


Wedge Group Galvanising tell Surface World how they are making their practices more


energy efficient, and how their dedication to the environment extends beyond the new systems implemented across their plants


Galvanising has long been recognised as the most sustainable finishing process available, and with the ever-evolving emergence of new technologies, it is increasingly


becoming even more- environmentally friendly.


Surface World talks to Wedge Group Galvanising’s Sales


Director, Trevor Beech, to discover how the firm is making its practices more energy efficient, and how its dedication to the environment extends beyond the new systems implemented across its plants.


“Due to the mounting prevalence of ever-more stringent environmental rules and regulations, as well as the high costs and ethical factors relating to the construction industry, more companies are becoming increasingly concerned with sustainability and ways to make their practices ‘greener’. As a finish, hot-dip galvanising is not only highly effective, but is also extremely eco- friendly, with significant steps having been taken by the industry over the past few years to further reduce its environmental impact. We in particular, have introduced a number of highly- innovative and sophisticated processes to help reduce waste, promote better use of available resources, and improve energy efficiency, including the establishment of bespoke rainwater collection and harvesting systems at a number of our sites across the UK.


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The galvanising process does experience an evaporative loss during the initial cleaning stage, and also after, once the steel is cooled in the quench tank, and as a result water must be replenished during the process. To improve this, we have introduced rainwater collection and harvesting facilities to reduce the environment impact of the process. Nine of the firm’s 14 UK plants have now incorporated some form of water recycling operation, varying from highly sophisticated, bespoke rainwater harvesting or sustainable drainage systems, to simple, yet practical solutions, where retired galvanising baths are transformed into water storage tanks.


Our eco-connections are not simply confined across our plants. Over the past few years, we are finding ourselves involved in more and more large contracts which have either a small conservation element, or focus on the importance of a fully- sustainable construction. Our Newport plant recently played a key role in the construction of Britain’s first eco-village which is set to become one of the preliminary zero carbon communities in the country.


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The Government has set ambitious plans for all new homes built from 2016 to be as sustainable as possible and positively contribute to the environment, through the Zero Carbon Building Regulations which are set to be implemented.


Newport Galvanizers partnered with Bristol-based Long Engineering to provide its hot dip galvanising treatment to 30 tonnes of structural steel used in the construction of 185 homes as part of an innovative eco-development in south Gloucestershire. The project saw the plant galvanize steel used for the balconies, balustrades, external staircases, and walkways of homes at the Hanham Hall development, which is being overseen by Barratt Homes. The village will see a number of innovative systems installed including a rainwater harvesting facility- similar to the process we use in our own plants, waste recycling provisions, low energy lighting, as well as an orchard together with communal greenhouses and allotments.


Whilst there is no particular regulations within our industry enforcing us to adopt sustainable practices, it is probably only a matter of time before such legislation is introduced to the sector, at which time we’ll be well placed to comply. We also recognise the environmental necessity to reuse and recycle our resources where possible, and are proud to once again lead the way for the rest of the industry to follow.”


For more information please visit us on stand 87 or contact us: Tel: +44 (0) 1902 600704 Email: surfaceworld@wedgegalv.co.uk www.wedgegalv.co.uk


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