Specialist manufacturing company, Boardlink has invested £500,000 in renewable energy for its North Wales facility, installing biomass boilers to fuel their 32,500 square metre site based in Hawarden.
Replacing their existing oil dependent boilers, the investment of the two Fröling biomass boilers is Boardlink’s first step in their five year plan to develop the manufacturing operation’s use of only sustainable and renewable energy.
Ben Still, Managing Director of Boardlink, comments: “The foundation of European carton board production is based on continuously growing, well-managed forests as well as paperboard mills powered by bioenergy. This investment is the first step to ensure our production process is as environmentally friendly as our products.
“The investment is not only the right thing to do for the business and environment, but it will also improve working conditions for our employees during the winter months as a result of the upgraded and more efficient heating system.”
A bespoke energy plant room has been incorporated into the heart of the factory to house the boilers, which were installed and commissioned in September. Fueled by wood chips, the Fröling biomass boilers are 40% more efficient than Boardlink’s previous oil boilers, using a supply of CO2 neutral, naturally renewable raw materials.
Employing over 100 members of staff, the privately owned, £22.5 million turnover company specialises in carton board sales, conversion and lamination, as well as the manufacturing of carton board ready meal trays, paper plates and a wide range of catering and janitorial wipes and wiper cloths.