The environment and sustainable development are major issues in both the manufacturing and construction sectors. As a manufacturer we believe in facing up to our responsibilities.
As with most manufacturing processes, there is an environmental impact. Ours is emissions. We have two main strategies to mitigate this;
- Meeting all legislative requirements to the full
- Reducing our impact in as many other areas as possible and developing sustainability
1: Meeting all legislative requirements to the full
As a working foundry we have to meet certain minimum standards on emissions, (the PPC Permit), and are closely monitored by the local authority. These standards, set by government, ensure that we remain within the guidelines for emissions that are currently acceptable. In addition to emissions from the cupola stack, we also have processes to manage and monitor the filtering and bagging of other particulate matter generated as part of the process through sand moulding, fettling, shot blasting etc.
2: Reducing our impact in as many other areas as possible and developing sustainability
Cast iron is 100% re-cyclable. We produce no waste products as iron can be re-used. Slag, the waste from the furnace, is disposed of through the Local Authority. We have our own sand re-cycling plant to keep our demand to a minimum. We also have waste management procedures for general waste, paper and packaging. Raw materials are kept to a minimum and wherever possible sourced locally to reduce transport costs. Where materials are bought from abroad they are delivered in bulk to reduce transport and fuel consumption.
A copy of our Environmental Management System is available.
The Customers Perspective
As a product cast iron has several benefits to customers interested in the environment and concerned about sustainability.
Cast iron is legendary, proverbial even, for reliability, durability and longevity. We know of lathe beds still being used in manufacturing after 80 years continuous use; Rainwater and soil drainage systems that have lasted the life of some very old buildings. There is no shortage of converted mills around the world whose roofs and ceilings are still being held up by cast iron columns after 150 years.
The strength and durability of cast iron also means that it requires no additional maintenance, other than standard, if installed properly. It can survive impact and is fire resistant. Once in place and under normal usage, there is little likelihood of having to replace or repair it. This has the added benefit of reducing lifecycle costs.
So that is a big tick in the sustainability box – but then, when the building has fallen down or the machine eventually become redundant, you can take the cast iron, recycle it all and make another product that will last for centuries.