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RPC Bpi Recycled Products Sharpens its Focus
on Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship
by Acquiring the UK’s Leading
Rigid Plastics Recycler PLASgran
R
PC bpi recycled products has
given a major boost to UK
recycling and sustainability by
acquiring the nation's leading
recycler of rigid plastics, PLASgran
Ltd.
The acquisition marks a major step in
RPC bpi recycled products' ongoing
commitment to work towards a world
where nothing goes to waste. The deal
was signed on 13 August 2018.
PLASgran recycles nearly 50,000
tonnes of rigid plastics, and a series of
strategic investments in recent years has
positioned the company based in
Wimblington, Cambridgeshire as a bestin-class recycler. PLASgran was
launched in 1999 and is run by a
management team led by Mark Roberts.
RPC bpi recycled products is the largest
polythene film recycler in Europe, with
the scope and expertise to recycle over
120,000 tonnes of used plastic a year.
As a leading reprocessor the company,
with bases in Dumfries, Derbyshire,
Gwent and Gloucestershire, recycles
polythene from commercial, industrial,
packaging and agricultural sources.
Together, both companies will be able
to spearhead the UK's efforts to meet
the surge in demand for packaging made
from recycled plastics.
The merging of two of the UK's leading
names in recycling will serve the UK and
Mainland Europe markets and will give
added momentum to creating marketleading sustainable solutions to our
customers. To be the leading recycling
solutions provider, RPC bpi recycled
products, has made customer service
and environmental stewardship central
elements to everything it does.
Gerry McGarry, Managing Director of
RPC bpi recycled products explained:
“With PLASgran joining our RPC bpi
recycled products group, we are now
clearly the largest plastics recycler in the
UK and one of the largest in Europe.
This is great news not just for both our
business and our customers, but for the
wider society. We are in a unique new
position to help the UK step up its efforts
to meet evermore pressing sustainability
goals and to help the environment.
“There is a huge demand for increased
UK and European plastics recycling for
both environmental and commercial
reasons. Many major brands and
retailers, for example, are quite rightly
demanding their packaging is produced
and manufactured from genuine
recycled used plastics. With our
technology, expertise and newly
enlarged business we can offer our
customers a true ‘closed loop’ solution
for the supply and recycling of their
packaging.”
Mark Roberts, MD of PLASgran,
commented: “We are both respected
and well-established recyclers in our
markets: RPC bpi recycled products
focuses on plastic films, whilst we have
developed a major presence in the
recycling of rigid plastics with expertise
in creating our own recyclate blends. Our
combined businesses have state-of-theart recycling equipment, while both
teams have an understanding of the
issues facing users of plastic packaging
who want to see their packaging recycled and remanufactured into new
products.”
Mark, who will continue to run the
PLASgran business and will join the
RPC bpi recycled products Business
Unit Executive Team, continued: “This
acquisition provides a major growth
opportunity for both our businesses
through an extended service offering for
our clients. As both organisations
accelerate their activities on their
environmental stewardship, we will be
best positioned to support them on that
journey and twin sustainability drives
with best business practice.”
Pim Vervaat, CEO of the RPC Group,
said PLASgran shares RPC’s values in
achieving the highest standards in health
and safety, environmental performance
and quality of output. The management
team, led by Mark Roberts, is highly
experienced and will bring strong
technical capabilities into the group.
“PLASgran offers an exciting opportunity
for RPC to strengthen and expand its
service offering in recycling solutions,”
explained Pim. “With the experience of
rigid recycling, the acquisition of
PLASgran supports RPC’s strategy to
be able to have the complete offering of
sustainable design and engineering
solutions and meet the market
requirements.”
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Gerry McGarry, Managing Director
RPC bpi recycled products
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