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TOMORROW’S CLEANING DECEMBER 09
Case Study:
NISSAN
INITIAL FACILITIES SERVICES INFORMS US OF ITS WORK WITH
NISSAN MOTOR MANUFACTURING.
The Challenge
In recent years, Initial
Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd required a
Industrial Services has
cleaning partner that could provide a diverse
introduced a waste
range of specialist services at its car production
management programme to
plant in Sunderland, Tyne & Wear. Initial
increase recycling and reduce
Industrial Services, part of Initial Facilities
the need for landfill waste
disposal. As part of this
Services, was appointed following a competitive
process, a groundbreaking
tender and commenced working at the site in
recycling production facility
1986. The company has remained as the
has been developed that is
preferred cleaning partner since the opening of
designed to recover greater
the plant and is continually seeking new ways of
levels of waste materials at
adding value to Nissan’s operation.
the car production plant.
The Solution
A full-time team consisting of 145 employees
The Results
Initial Industrial Services provides a complete
– operating two shifts, seven days a week –
The waste management facility includes a
cleaning solution that covers all factory, office
ensures that the required levels of cleanliness
dedicated picking line, believed to be one of
and external areas, as well as including
are achieved throughout the manufacturing
only two in operation in the UK, where waste is
specialist paint shop services. The company
process including body assembly, paint and
fed overhead and separated manually by
has also taken on the added responsibility for
final assembly. Ongoing production line
operators. As the waste goes through the
waste management to support Nissan’s
cleaning takes place on a daily basis, whilst
picking process individual items are grouped
objective of operating a sustainable facility
specialist maintenance cleaning occurs during
together and then recycled including
that complies with its global Green Program,
operational downtime at the weekends.
cardboard, paper, correx sheets, plastic
a campaign to reduce manufacturing The site operates six spray booths that
bottles, plastic film, polystyrene, scrap glass
emissions by 7% by 2010. each requires extensive cleaning to remove
screens, timber and ferrous material.
waste paint.
The operation has increased annual waste
Elsewhere, a
recovery of recyclable materials by 30 per cent
fluidised bed is
and reduced waste disposal costs by as much
used to strip
as £70,000 per year. In addition, added
paint from slave
revenue has also been generated from the sale
tools, whilst
of the associated scrap, whilst new waste
ultra high-
streams have been identified that should lead
pressure water
to greater recycling results in the future.
jets are used to
clean paint from
www.initial.co.uk
the carriers that
hold the
individual cars
during
manufacturing.
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