Posted on Tuesday 10 December 2013 by Ulster Business

EMS Recycle secure big order from Nigeria

Pictured at EMS's plant in Killyman inside one of the large-scale trommels used to separate waste is EMS Recycle Managing Director, Harry McCourt (far right), Paul O'Callaghan, Chief Executive of WestAfricaENRG and Otunba Babajide Roger, Chairman WestAfricaEnrg.

One of Northern Ireland's largest designers and manufacturers of specialist, large-scale recycling plant equipment, EMS Recycle, has delivered on its first big order to Africa after securing a major contract with a key Nigerian buyer.

The Killyman, County Tyrone-based company, which supplies and installs turnkey recycling solutions to the public and private sector in the UK, Ireland, Europe and further afield, said it had just completed on a deal to supply WestAfricaENRG in Nigeria with a full, purpose-built recycling plant which is capable of processing more than 400,000 tons of waste per year.

The contract involved the design and production of a complete waste-sorting station, which will support 300 local jobs, as well as additional specialist recycling equipment which will sort waste materials mechanically to prepare it for further recycling.

The eight-year-old company was set up in 2006 by materials handling expert Harry McCourt, who, with almost 40 years' experience in the sector, has transformed the company into one of the most successful, innovative players in the recycling equipment sector in the UK and Ireland.

It is currently working to deliver waste management and recycling solutions to additional customers in the UK, Europe, Africa, North and South America.

"The market for innovative, high-tech, quality solutions to manage waste and improve recycling rates is vast and EMS Recycle has positioned itself well to capture the growing opportunities which are emerging not only close to home but much farther afield," said Harry. "We're a company with home-grown skill, talent which knows the marketplace we're in and I know we are well-placed to increase our market share in this competitive arena.

"EMS Recycle is a business committed to building a sustainable growth and we are very clear about the countries and projects we target, knowing where and how our expertise can enhance our customer's operations. EMS Recycle has designed a range of innovative products for all our primary markets and we are proud to have the skill, expertise and know-how to design, develop, manufacture and install a complete turnkey recycling plant.

"As we expand across continents, we aim to help our customers reduce and recycle waste, not just because it's an efficient and profitable way of working, but also because it's the right thing to do for the environment."

As part of this important order, EMS Recycle is supplying three processing lines that comprise in floor scraper chain feed conveyors, vibrating feeders, trommels – screened cylinders which are used to mechanically separate materials by size from municipal solid waste, along with a large-scale picking station which will allow 216 employees at the plant to separate materials manually. This allows waste, which is diverted from landfill, to be used again.

Paul O'Callaghan, Chief Executive of WestAfricaENRG, who placed the order, said the equipment would help to transform how waste could be properly managed in a country which is keen to improve its environment through sustainable means.

"Unlike those countries in Europe, the US, Canada and Australia, where recycling rates are climbing with the support of tightening legislative requirements, many African nations still have relatively basic waste management processes – which is why this innovative, state-of-the-art equipment is so strategically important. We are very keen to showcase this plant to demonstrate just what can be achieved for the environment, for the creation of sustainable, local jobs, by producing much-needed value from waste materials which would otherwise be buried in the ground."

"We are thoroughly delighted by the quality of the world class design, the specifications of the equipment, and, particularly, the efficiency with which all the team at EMS Recycle have delivered this project – which was on time and on budget – and we are confident that we will be working with them again soon."

The export-focused firm is currently actively recruiting agents and dealers in North and South America, Australia and Africa to support its drive in sales and local expansion.

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