The TEP plant can process up to 100 tonnes of waste a day+
Scottish Leather Group is a privately owned group of leather manufacturing companies based in three locations in the west of Scotland. Formed in 1965, the Group comprises Bridge of Weir Leather Company Ltd, Andrew Muirhead & Son Ltd, W. J & W. Lang Ltd, NCT Leather Ltd and SLG Technology Ltd. They are the largest manufacturer of bovine leather in Europe, employing over 500 people, with a turnover of £65 million, 83% of which is exported to over 30 countries.
It can generate approximately 45 million kW per year+
SLG Technology Ltd was established, providing separate non-leather making activities to the Group companies, moving the manufacturing process to a technology-driven enterprise with their own manufacturing IP.
A £6m Investment has been made+
SLG has been working to develop their ‘green’ credentials, sustainability strategies and reduce carbon emissions. SLG Technology was set up to address this in a proper and sustained manner, unlike some competitors who make wild claims that they are unable to back up. Completed at the end of 2009 and complying with accredited quality management systems, the team at SLG Technology designed and built a £6 million Thermal Energy Plant (TEP). Converting process waste into energy, the vertically integrated structure allows the manufacture of Low Carbon Leather.
In 2009, the group reduced carbon footprint for the fifth successive year. They have now decreased by 20% and received a carbon trust energy efficiency award for their efforts+
The plant process will take waste from the subsidiaries and turn it into heat and steam which the factory needs for drying leather and heating water. It will also produce oil from the skin grease, which will be used as fuel and the final waste product, a mineral ash, will be sold on to the construction industry. Landfill costs have risen dramatically over the last few years and anyone who does not address this will have serious issues to deal with. The Group takes their environmental responsibilities seriously, customers expect it and the Group’s reputation as industry leader demands that they remain ahead of the competition. Sustainability is not a choice, it’s a requirement. In 2009, SLG reduced their carbon footprint for the fifth successive year and received a carbon trust energy efficiency award.
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