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Keeping it real – Innovation only works when it addresses real needs

laser1Healthy business growth in highly competitive markets with small profit margins requires a great deal of innovation, research and development. In many cases, success depends on a company’s ability to adapt to changes in existing markets, while looking for ways to cater for and branch out into new areas and to seek and create markets of the future.

The technology manufacturing industry is highly competitive, but offers a great deal of scope for product and application innovation. Having a cutting edge technology is the first step, but a crucial second is identifying the strengths of this technology and where it can be implemented to improve or refine existing manufacturing processes. A company producing manufacturing technology is not only in competition with others producing competing equipment, but also with existing legacy manufacturing techniques.   » . . . . . Continue reading → Keeping it real – Innovation only works when it addresses real needs

From Refrigerator to Rinse Cycle


WRAP funded research provides breakthrough in plastic recycling.

Italian white-goods manufacturer Indesit has become the first electrical goods maker to incorporate recycled materials into mass-produced merchandise after a successful research and development program carried out with WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Program).

The company can now take plastic from the UK waste stream, specifically Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), and make cover plates out of it for two of its washing machines.

The material has been produced using shredded plastic waste recovered from domestic fridges, and made into a high grade polymer that has a similar weight to the virgin plastic it is replacing. As a result, the CO2 emissions, cumulative cost and raw material savings from this activity are significant.

Peter Maddox, Head of Manufacturing at WRAP said: “This groundbreaking project has demonstrated that closed-loop recycling in electrical equipment from UK WEEE is commercially viable on a large scale for the first time, with no negative effect on performance. We encourage other manufacturers to follow this example.

“Our recent research has also demonstrated that some consumers are willing to buy products that contain some recycled content over those that do not – further strengthening the business argument for this approach.”

WRAP, a non-profit government funded organisation committed to lowering carbon emissions, says it has market research that suggests consumers are ready to favour products made from recycled materials. To find out more about the organisation and the services it offers manufacturers, visit

Pictured: Mike Birch, environmental manager at Indesit, and Gerrard Fisher of WRAP with the plastic

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