Shine Food Machinery has been hailed as one of Wales’ greenest manufacturers following the implementation of an energy efficiency programme at its factory over the past 12 months.
The company was shortlisted for the ‘Green Manufacturer’ accolade in last week’s Made In Wales 2014 Awards and while it just missed out on top spot, the initiatives taken to reduce its environmental impact were applauded.
Shine has invested in energy efficiency equipment such as solar panels to generate its own power, LED energy efficient lighting and the installation of an industrial wood burner, which uses the company’s paper, card and wood waste as a fuel source to provide heating to its fabrication plant.
Other measures taken to improve its sustainability include the implementation of a waste reduction, reuse and recycling plan, the use of timers on plant and equipment, the introduction of a full production equipment maintenance programme and the launch of a new company car policy to limit CO2 consumption. Shine added it was also working closely with its supply chain to ensure responsible and sustainable procurement.
Management at the Newport-based firm said staff had “really embraced the programme”.
Sales and marketing manager Chris Hinton and compliance and bid manager Louise Carey attended the Awards dinner last week.
“It was a great accolade to be shortlisted as a finalist out of so many companies of varied sizes,” commented Carey.
“Given the tough economic climate of recent years and the slow recovery felt by many businesses, embarking on this kind of initiative with such heavy investment wouldn’t be on top of the priority list for most businesses. But in doing so it demonstrates Shine’s commitment to a sustainable future.
“Undertaking measures such as these now ensures the longevity of the business as well as maintaining the focus of reducing the environmental impacts from our business and its activities.”
Carey revealed the distributor’s next target is to make improvements in environmental and Sustainability management as part of their ISO14001 Accreditation.