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Waste and recycling stalwart retires from industry

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Chris Oldfield – chairman of waste shredding specialist UNTHA UK – has announced his retirement from the recycling industry following a career spanning almost 50 years. He now fully hands over the reins of the company to managing director Marcus Brew.

With mechanical engineering, works and industrial management qualifications under his belt, Chris’s first major step into the world of commerce saw him help set up the specialist chemical mixing, processing and packaging plant Cod Beck Blenders in the 1980s.


Baling specialist expands team with new appointment

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North Yorkshire-based baler provider Riverside Waste Machinery has recruited Mic Harrison as lead service engineer.

With a varied career, he initially trained to become a Navy marine mechanic at HMS Sultan, Plymouth, where he remained for five years. He has gone on to enjoy a number of engineering roles, working on a wide array of technical equipment.

As part of his new role, Mic’s responsibilities will include the installation and commissioning of Riverside’s balers and compactors; reading and interpreting engineer drawings for more complex projects; repairing, servicing and reporting on the operational effectiveness of client machines, as well as delivering staff training. As a result, much of his work will be carried out off-site.


Premier Tech Aqua UK appoints new Regional Sales Manager

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Packaged water and waste water treatment solutions specialists, Premier Tech Aqua UK (PTAU) have appointed Julie Cull as regional sales manager.

Focusing on the North Wales, North West and Midlands areas, Julie will also work closely with the senior management team at the UK headquarters in Peterlee, County Durham.

Julie brings with her extensive knowledge and experience having spent over 25 years in sales in the building industry.


Senior appointment announced for high voltage power engineers

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Yorkshire-headquartered power engineering firm Smith Brothers has appointed Danielle Tile as head of business development. She joins from national electrical design consultancy British Power International.

Based in Essex, Danielle will strengthen the team's presence in the South of England, whilst investigating new market opportunities throughout the UK. Although many opportunities are emerging in the renewables sector – an arena in which Smith Brothers is renowned – she will in fact be responsible for exploring major electrical infrastructure projects for a variety of clients.


Severn Trent engineer wins SEAL’s WWEM competition

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To promote SEAL’s flared tubing for peristaltic pumps on instruments including ICP, visitors to the SEAL Analytical exhibition stand at WWEM 2016 were invited to guess the number of sample cups (in ‘flared’ champagne flutes) in a competition to win a bottle of Champagne. The winning entry was made by Peter Evans, Principal ICA Engineer at Severn Trent Water. Peter was presented with the champagne by SEAL Technical Support Chemist Sadie Vick at the Trimpley treatment works in Worcestershire, overlooking the Trimpley Reservoir which is supplied by the nearby river Severn.

Peter’s main responsibilities involve monitoring and control instrumentation, however, he says: “The WWEM events provide a great opportunity to see all of the latest technologies in one place – for both process and laboratory monitoring. This year’s event was the busiest yet with more new products on show than ever before.”