Axion Polymers, based in the United Kingdom, has gained ISO 9001:2008 accreditation for the quality management of its Shredder Waste Advanced Processing Plant (SWAPP) at its facility in Trafford Park, Manchester, U.K.
The company says the facility, designed, built and operated by its in-house engineering team, is one of the most advanced of its type in Europe. It is capable of delivering more than 95 percent recycling and recovery of materials from end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) ahead of the 2015 EU ELV recycling and recovery target.
According to Axion, nonmetallic fractions from 800,000 cars per year are separated at the facility, which opened in January 2011. The process provides plastics recycling, which produces materials for the construction industry and a renewable energy to replace coal.
“The ISO 9001:2008 is an internationally recognized standard for the quality management of businesses," says Adam Joyce, Axion health and safety environmental manager. "It demonstrates that we run an effective quality management system and that we are committed to quality, our customers and to a process of continuous improvement."
Joyce led the company’s implementation of the system.
Further processing of plastic concentrate at Axion Polymers’ Salford, U.K., plant creates a range of high quality plastic chips and extruded pellets for a wide range of customers, including some in the automotive sector.
Axion says it invested an additional £1 million in 2012 as part of on-going efficiency optimization project at its SWAPP location, which has an annual 200,000 metric tons processing capacity.
Keith Freegard, Axion Polymers director, says, “Having overcome many challenges to produce useful new products for highly technical users from materials originally destined for landfill, gaining ISO 9001:2008 certification is a tremendous step forward that demonstrates we can deliver what we promise.”
Axion Polymers, part of the Axion Group, develops and operates resource recovery and processing solutions for recycling waste materials.