Improved Composites Recycling & Resource Efficiency in the East Midlands

Improved Composites Recycling & Resource Efficiency in the East Midlands
Taking place on Thursday 26th May at the Johnson Building, Derby College

The aim of the workshop will be to highlight the current state of the art in composites recycling and introduce composites companies in the East Midlands to relevant companies in the recycling supply chain. In addition, the issue of resource efficiency will be addressed, with a particular focus on reducing waste, cutting costs and decreasing the amount of scrap sent to landfill. Environmental issues relating to the manufacturing process will be examined, for example how energy can be saved and how waste can be reused, or even turned into another saleable product thus reducing overheads. Small changes can create higher sales and give a company a unique selling point.

East Midlands Composites Network (EMCN) is co-hosting this workshop in collaboration with the MATREC project and Manufacturing Advisory Service – East Midlands. The MATREC project, funded through ERDF grant, is designed to support small to medium size companies within the East Midlands to reduce landfill and recover materials which are often discarded or not fully reclaimed.

10:00 Welcome and introduction
Dr Sue Halliwell, East Midlands Composites Network

10:05 The Manufacturing Advisory Service – East Midlands (Stuart Hilton)
An introduction to MAS-EM and how the service supports manufacturers. Overview of resource efficiency

10:30 Overview of MATREC (Jeff Scrivener)
Outline of the details of the MATREC programme and how it funded support could help your business

10:55 Resource Efficiency (Gilli Hobbs, Resource Efficiency Centre, BRE)
Tools which evaluate the carbon footprint and waste impact of different product design changes, manufacturing process choices, supply chain configuration and materials

11:20 Coffee and networking

11:40 Recycling technologies (Speaker TBC)

12:05 Recycling in the UK (Stella Job, Materials KTN)
Review of the current state of play in recycling in the UK, looking at what exists and what is needed to progress this industry.

12:30 MATREC's Procurement Workbook Project (Prof Marc Day, University of Reading)
Explanation of how the project can help companies utilise procurement effectively

12:55 Lunch and networking

During lunch and networking, delegates will have the opportunity to sign-up to the MATREC project.

EMCN members: 1st Delegate free, additional delegates £35. Non EMCN members £50.
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