1 February 2019 by Joshua Doherty

Metals recycling news round-up

With news on: BMRA celebrates 100 years in scrap; Kent firm invests in metals shear; S Norton director Roger Morton to step down.


BMRA celebrates 100 years in scrap

The British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) is marking its 100th year in the scrap metal recycling industry.

MRA will be publishing a commemorative book marking its 100 years in scrap (credit: FJ Church)

In 1919, the National Federation of Scrap Iron and Steel Merchants, a predecessor of one of the bodies that formed the BMRA, was established to address changes in the industry after World War I.

In the following years, several different trade bodies representing different metal types and areas in the UK were set up. The BMRA itself was formally set up in 2001 when the British Secondary Metals Association and the British Metals Federation merged in order to better serve the rapidly changing industry.

To mark the milestone, BMRA will be publishing a commemorative book in partnership with Environmental Media Group, the parent company of letsrecycle.com.

The book will document and celebrate the rich history of the sector, investigate key issues today and share members’ milestone events.

“I am honoured to be president of the BMRA at such a significant time in the Association’s history,” said Susie Burrage, president of the BMRA and managing director of Recycled Products Limited.

She added: “It is very exciting to look back on how the BMRA started and celebrate the achievements of the previous associations.

“We are thrilled to see some of our projects come into fruition such as cementing the future of the industry through the Metal Recycling General Operative apprenticeship and the expanding Young British Metals Recyclers group.”

The BMRA will hold a number of celebrations across the year that will culminate at the members Annual Dinner, being held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on Friday 22 November.


LKM invests in metals shear

Sittingbourne-based LKM Recycling has announced that it has invested in a new shear from Belgian equipment company Lefort.

The new machine, called Lefort Amazone 1250, is used for cutting up & baling metals for sale to metal foundries and will replace an older Lefort model that LKM currently operates.

LKM says the new machine is able to exert 1,250 tonnes of pressure onto metal, delivering a throughput of 500 tonnes a day.

Commenting on the investment in the new machine, Ryan Eastwood managing director of LKM Recycling said: “This is the largest investment of the last 18 months costing over £2m to install.

“It means increased capacity & efficiency, which also delivers a high-quality product for foundries from across the globe to use for new items such as construction beams & vehicles.”

LKM recycling describes itself as an “expert in total waste & recycling management which includes ferrous & non-ferrous metals, plastics, UPVC double glazing, end of life vehicles, wood, glass, paper, skip hire & confidential destruction”


S Norton director Roger Morton to step down

The board of directors at metals recycler  S Norton & Co has announced that its managing director will be stepping down later this month.

Roger Morton will leave his full-time employment on February 28

Roger Morton will leave his full-time employment on February 28 but will continue in a consultancy role, acting for both S Norton and Axion Recycling.

Mr Morton helped to form Axion, a plastics recycler and resource recovery consultancy, in 2001 and the subsequent joint venture with S Norton in 2006. He was appointed managing director in 2016.

The company said that in his role as managing director of S Norton, Mr Morton fulfilled a vital role in the reorganisation of the company, particularly in relation to corporate governance, regulatory compliance as well as organisational and operational matters.

At Axion, the company said it will be ‘business as usual’ with most of the staff who previously reported to Roger now reporting to Judith Clayman, who becomes general manager.

Roger Morton said: “I am sad to be leaving my friends and colleagues at S Norton and Axion. They are both great businesses that are helping to save the planet by recovering vital resources for the future. I am privileged to have been part of this industry.”

John Morton, chairman of S Norton & Co Ltd, added: “We are grateful for the changes that Roger has helped us to introduce at S Norton. I am sorry that Roger is leaving us and wish him well for the future.”

S Norton & Co is a scrap processing business with facilities in Manchester, London, Liverpool and Southampton. Axion Recycling was founded in 2001 and develops and operates resource recovery and processing solutions for recycling waste materials.

In 2018, Axion Recycling Ltd and its business unit became a wholly owned subsidiary of the S Norton Group.

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