Sparks Fly at Progress Rail

Sparks flew at Progress Rail,  South Queensferry today (Thursday 1st May 2014) as businesses in Scotland got the opportunity to see first-hand how a Scottish company is using 100% recycled materials in their manufacturing process.

2 May 14

The joint event was organised by the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS) and Zero Waste Scotland.

The event took place at Progress Rail’s South Queensferry foundry and engineering facility, which uses Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) technology to recycle scrap metal to manufacture railway tracks and specialised components with high wear resistant properties.  The facility employs 110 staff, and products are used both in the UK and world-wide.

Companies were shown how they too could move towards becoming a more ‘circular economy’ business – one which depends less on raw materials and instead re-uses, remanufactures or recycles existing resources.  Using recycled material helps to safeguard and reduce the need for natural resources as well as minimising the need for landfill.

SMAS and Zero Waste Scotland also highlighted the funding and support which is on offer to support businesses to move towards a more resource efficient model.  This includes the £3.8 million Scottish Recycling Fund which is available to organisations interested in developing sorting, repair or reprocessing capacity for waste materials, and to businesses in the remanufacture industry; and the RETrieve Scotland Support Programme for manufacturing companies.

Louise McGregor, Head of Market Development, Zero Waste Scotland said:

“This event was a great opportunity for businesses to see the benefits of a ‘circular economy’ approach in action, and to hear about the funding and support available to deliver this approach.

“Zero Waste Scotland works across Scottish industry to reduce waste and improve sustainability, thereby stimulating a shift towards a more circular economy – one in which waste is a resource and jobs and growth are created.”

Jerome Finlayson, Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service, said:

“This was a fantastic opportunity for businesses to see first-hand how they can make savings by using recycled materials and creating a ‘circular economy’.

“As we work towards meeting the Scottish Government’s target of reducing carbon emissions by 42% by 2020, it is essential that Scottish businesses embrace this type of technology.  There are lots of great opportunities to access funding and support which will allow your business to adopt this type of technology in turn making huge savings.”

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