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Circular Economy Fund Recipients

WRAP Cymru has so far awarded 12 capital grants to manufacturers in Wales, with the total investment – including match-funding – standing at more than £7.8million. 

Over three years, this is expected to result in:

  • the incorporation of over 47,000 tonnes of additional post-consumer recycled materials in products manufactured in Wales;
  • the prevention of more than 39,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions;
  • turnover growth in excess of £47million; and
  • the creation of at least 47 new jobs.

Please scroll down or click the links below to read more about some of these successful manufacturers and their plans for growing their businesses and the circular economy in Wales:

Addis Housewares Limited, based in Bridgend, awarded £105,288.59

About Addis Housewares Limited Established in 1780, Addis Housewares designs and manufactures household products. The company offers a wide range of domestic and commercial products with a focus on waste management, cleaning, laundry, food storage, sink side and storage solutions.
Supported Activity As a result of the grant, Addis Housewares will be able to manufacture 35 litre pedal bins for domestic and commercial use from 100% recycled material.
Recyclate to be used Polypropylene (PP)
Capital investment in The grant will part-fund the purchase of moulds necessary to manufacture the bin components out of 100% recycled PP.

[The application was] really clear; it was a very straightforward application.

AST Plastic Containers, based in Wrexham, awarded £375,000

About AST Plastic Containers Established in 2011, AST Plastic Containers manufactures containers for hazardous liquids. Their products range from five to 25 litre containers, currently produced from virgin high-density polyethylene (HDPE).
Supported activity As a result of the grant AST Plastic Containers will be able introduce recycled content into the manufacture of new containers and implement a closed loop system where used containers will be prepared for re-use and re-manufacture. This new process will allow AST Plastic Containers to create three new permanent FTE jobs.
Recyclate to be used High-density polyethylene (HDPE).
Capital investment in The grant will part-fund the purchase of a neutralization machine, a wet granulator, centrifuge, recycling extruder, wash line, and a water recovery unit.

We couldn't produce enough materials for our customers, so this grant has been all about scaling up our operations and investing in new machinery.

Capital Valley Plastics, based in Cwmavon, awarded £116,039.99

About Capital Valley Plastics Established in 1987, Capital Valley Plastics manufacturers polythene products, including gas barriers, damp proof membrane and damp proof course for the construction industry.
Supported activity As a result of the grant, Capital Valley Plastics will manufacture 100% recycled damp proof membrane and damp proof course from plastic pellet produced from recycled film which would otherwise go to waste.
Recyclate to be used Low density polyethylene (LDPE) pellet produced from jazz coloured films.
Capital investment in The grant will part-fund the purchase and installation of a blown film extrusion machine.

Watch this short video of Capital Valley Plastics’ Managing Director, Roger Phillips, discussing their grant.

 

Cycle Training Wales, based in Cardiff, awarded £28,703.76

About Cycle Training Wales Established in 2007, Cycle Training Wales is a not-for-profit social enterprise seeking to remove barriers that prevent people cycling. Having opened the Cardiff Cycle Workshop in 2010, Cycle Training Wales have refurbished and sold over 4,000 bikes and operate a repair service to the public.
Supported Activity As a result of the grant, Cycle Training Wales will be able to increase their refurbishment of used bicycles and provide greater access to affordable bikes to the public. This grant will allow for the creation of one new permanent FTE job.
Recyclate to be used Used bicycles.
Capital investment in The grant will part-fund the installation of a mezzanine to increase workshop space and storage, along with new tool boards, tool benches, bike stands, and a parts washer.

 

Frontier Plastics, based in Blackwood, awarded £394,467

About Frontier Plastics Established in 1966, Frontier Plastics manufactures a wide range of hygiene and surgical products for the healthcare sector.
Supported Activity As a result of the grant, Frontier Plastics will be able to introduce up to 20% recycled content into sharps containers and manufacture their eXchange range of products from 100% recycled material. The grant will also allow for the creation of two new permanent FTE jobs.
Recyclate to be used Polypropylene (PP)
Capital investment in The grant will part-fund the purchase of a materials handling system and test equipment.

We’ve found WRAP extremely easy to deal with, especially during these troubled times.

Heathpak, based in Crumlin, awarded £608,621

About Heathpak Established in 1999, Heathpak manufactures and designs solidboard packaging for use in the meat, fish, horticultural, and industrial markets.
Supported activity As a result of the grant Heathpak will more than double their production of products with 80-100% recycled content and introduce an innovative plant-based liner for their solidboard packaging, replacing the current plastic-based liner. This increase in production will allow Heathpak to create six new permanent FTE jobs.
Recyclate to be used Recycled paper from waste corrugated containers.
Capital investment in The grant will part-fund the purchase for a new die cutting machine and robotic feeders for existing die cutting and folder gluer machines.

 

JC Mouldings, based in Brynmawr, awarded £34,357.80

About JC Mouldings Established in 2014, JC Mouldings manufactures injection moulding products. Material feedstock includes polypropylene (PP) and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS).
Supported activity As a result of the grant, JC Mouldings will increase the amount of recycled content in their products from 5% to over 25%. They will also be able to produce larger products and increase their production capacity.
Recyclate to be used Recycled PP and ABS plastics.
Capital investment in The grant will part-fund the purchase of a higher-specification injection moulding machine, mould tooling and building work for storing the additional materials.

 

Montgomery Waters, based in Churchstoke, awarded £375,000

About Montgomery Waters Established in 1996, Montgomery Waters manufactures bottled spring, mineral, and flavoured waters for major UK retail, wholesale, and food service customers.
Supported activity As a result of this grant, Montgomery Waters will be able to use 100% recycled content in their 5 litre bottles and 50% recycled content in their shrink film. This support will safeguard seven jobs and incorporate hundreds of tonnes of additional recycled content into their manufacturing processes.
Recyclate to be used Recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polyethylene (PE) shrink film.
Capital investment in The grant will part-fund the purchase of a new 5 litre bottle production line.

 

Pets Choice, based in Cardiff, awarded £164,774

About Pets Choice Established in 1987, Pets Choice is a global supplier of pet and animal goods, including food, healthcare, and hygiene products.
Supported activity As a result of this grant, Pets Choice will be able to manufacture cat litter using 100% recycled materials. The usage of recycled concrete dust and gypsum waste is novel to the UK and will prevent thousands of tonnes of this waste from entering landfill. This support will also allow for the safeguarding of current jobs at the Cardiff production site, along with the creation of 21 additional FTE jobs.
Recyclate to be used Recycled concrete dust, gypsum, mineral/clay dust, and recycled paper bags.
Capital investment in The grant will part-fund the purchase of a bagging machine, palletiser system, a pellet system, and an upgrade to a compressor system.

 

Sarpak, based in Port Talbot, awarded £161,282.37

About Sarpak Established in 2002, Sarpak produces a range of plastic packaging solutions to protect products from damage. These are used by businesses in the furniture, pharmaceutical and food manufacturing sectors.
Supported activity As a result of the grant, Sarpak will incorporate 30% recycled content into a high-quality, three-layer film previously manufactured from virgin plastics.  The central layer will be made from recycled plastics, enabling Sarpak to reduce their environmental footprint without compromising the quality or recyclability of their product.
Recyclate to be used High density polyethylene (HDPE) and low density polyethylene (LDPE).
Capital investment in The grant will part-fund the purchase and installation of a three-layer blown film coextrusion machine.

Watch this short video of Sarpak director, Lee Shackson, discussing their grant.

 

Smile Plastics, based in Swansea, awarded £149,972.05

About Smile Plastics Established in 2010, Smile Plastics produces 100% recycled, decorative thermoplastic panels for use by retail, interior design and architecture businesses.
Supported activity Smile Plastics will scale up production of high-quality products at their site in Swansea, increase efficiency and reduce energy use as a result of the grant.
Recyclate to be used High-density polyethylene (HDPE), high impact polystyrene sheet (HIPS), acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
Capital investment in The grant will part-fund a highly specialised, improved semi-automatic material conversion equipment, associated equipment and factory modifications.

We can now make more products in an even more environmentally friendly manner.

Techlan, based in Swansea, awarded £40,061.83

About Techlan Established in 2009, Techlan manufacturers silicone release paper which is used across a range of sectors, from packaging manufacturers to the aerospace industry.
Supported activity The grant will help Techlan to meet growing demand for packaging used to despatch online sales purchases to customers. This is a new product made from 100% recycled content, used to protect adhesive surfaces on the packaging.
Recyclate to be used Recycled paper.
Capital investment in The grant will part-fund the purchase of a conversion machine, associated equipment and factory modifications to produce the new product.

 

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