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Leading hand dryer designer and manufacturer, Airdri, is starting 2020 on a high with the addition of two new senior hires to bolster its team.

The firm, which last year marked 45 years in the hand dryer industry, has appointed Simon Green as Head of Value Engineering, Sourcing and Quality, and Luis Orozco as Senior Electronics Engineer.

Simon joins Airdri from iPRO Solutions Ltd, bringing with him over 20 years’ experience in product design and engineering. He will be responsible for R&D, production process, component sourcing, supply chain and quality across Airdri’s UK and China operations.

Simon said: “It’s fantastic to be working across Airdri’s global facilities, helping the firm to deliver on its exciting new product development plans. Airdri has an outstanding reputation for creating beautifully designed products and I’m looking forward to being a part of a business that puts sustainability at the heart of its operations.”

Luis, who has worked as a design engineer in the automotive industry for over a decade, will take on the role designing new electronic boards for Airdri’s next generation hand dryers. He said: “I'm delighted to join the team at Airdri. The firm has an excellent reputation for creating reliable, cutting-edge products and I’m looking forward to applying my experience to a new sector, helping the company achieve its product development vision.”

Welsh council appoints contract to

Berry bpi Berry bpi recycled products has won a major contract to supply a Welsh local authority with 14m blue recycling sacks, made from 84% recycled polythene.

The UK-based refuse sack manufacturer started supplying Carmarthenshire County Council with the sacks between September and December 2019, giving residents a greener alternative for disposing of items destined to be recycled, such as plastic bottles, paper and tin cans.

Each household was given three rolls of sacks to last them a whole year.

The deal shows the local authority is taking its environmental commitment seriously said Sales Director Lorcan Mekitarian, who commented: “By using our high- quality refuse sacks, all made in the UK using waste polythene that would otherwise have been exported, Carmarthen is giving its residents a great green alternative to what was previously supplied.

“Not only are we able to deliver great value for money, but we can provide councils with peace of mind that the bags they are using are made from recycled content sourced

from within the UK and processed in Derbyshire at our EA- accredited facility, which also boasts Zero Waste to Landfill.”

The refuse sacks are made from waste polythene originating from transit packaging used by supermarkets to keep goods clean and secure during transit. Berry bpi recycled products processes the used material firstly by shredding it into small flakes, which then go through a wash process to remove paper labels and other non-target materials, before finally being melted into granules.

Mekitarian added: “We’re proud to be helping the UK deal with its own waste challenges – taking material that would have either ended up in landfill or being exported to countries with poor environmental standards, and turning it into a high-quality product.”

As well as manufacturing more than 30m refuse sacks every week, Berry bpi recycled products is one of Europe’s largest recyclers of waste polythene film.

The company has also achieved zero waste to landfill certification at four of its five UK plastics recycling sites, as it continues to push the circular agenda.

Airdri CEO, Tony Wall, added: “I am thrilled to welcome Simon and Luis to the Airdri team. They are joining us at a very exciting time, as we look to expand into new markets and stay ahead of the curve with new product development. We are poised for strong growth in 2020 and their appointments will significantly bolster our team of experts, helping us to deliver our vision for the next generation of cutting-edge washroom solutions.”


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