Shine Food Machinery has been chosen to take part in a ground-breaking government programme to improve resource efficiency among manufacturing businesses.
The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has commissioned a research project to evaluate the effectiveness of using shared resource efficiency managers between manufacturing firms.
The centrally-funded initiative will allow Shine and other participating businesses to make cost savings o utilities, meet customer resource efficiency requirements and drive innovation.
Shine is one of just 11 companies selected from hundreds of manufacturing enterprises in England and Wales to take part in the project.
The initiative, which will run for the next 12 to 15 months, will see manufacturers share two resource efficiency managers in order to take action by finding cost-effective ways of improving sustainability and reducing the waste of natural resources.
Shine will be one of six innovative businesses in the south west to benefit from the support and expertise of efficiency manager, Phil Marks.
He said: “Being able to develop collaborative opportunities and share knowledge, learning and experiences amongst a group of established, forward looking businesses working in different market sectors is going to be an exciting way of tackling both common and unique factors that can impact upon achieving business benefit from resource efficiency.”
Part of the process has already included strategic sustainability reviews with each business by Bangor University.
The aim of the reviews is to enable each business to set its own agenda and priorities considering how resource efficiency directly affects them.
Alongside the targets, data will be collected during the process and training will be implemented to help each company reach their goals.
Julian Shine, managing director of the Newport-based distributor, said: “Shine is proud to be part of this project and to work alongside Phil Marks in order to improve our resource efficiencies, lower the pressure on natural resources, reduce wastage during our manufacturing process and to engage in the next phase of the development of our systems and procedures accredited to ISO 9001, 14001 and 18001, Achilles and FORS.”
He said that learning from fellow manufacturers in England and Wales on how to reduce costs and improve the business would be hugely beneficial to the firm.
“We care about the environment and where our raw materials are sourced and want to support UK manufacturing while working as an eco-friendly and sustainable company,” he said.