Bunting Europe and Pronix Talk About Opportunities in the French Recycling and Waste Sector
At the RWM 2017 recycling and waste exhibition (12th – 14th September, NEC, Birmingham, UK), we caught up with Bunting’s Dave Hills (Head of Sales) and Alex Jarosz from the Bunting distributor in France, Pronix.
Pronix has been developing business in France for Bunting Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors for the past 18 months. Alex Jarosz has the specific responsibility of developing business in the waste and recycling sectors and had travelled across from France to attend RWM. We asked why he felt that visiting RWM was important.
Alex: “This was the first time since the acquisition that we had the opportunity to meet the Master Magnets team and visit their facility in Redditch. In the days leading up to the show, I’ve been able to have some product training, which has helped broaden my knowledge and understanding.
Master Magnets have an extensive range of Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors specifically designed for the recycling and waste sector. With the acquisition, it is really exciting to be able to offer these to customers in France.”
Alex also explained that he was in the UK to discuss the details of a new metal recycling project.
Alex: “We are working on a new project where the customer is looking to supply a complete Metal Separation System (Drum Magnet and Eddy Current Separator). We could all (Pronix, Bunting and Master Magnets) review the project in detail to ensure that what we are proposing is what the customer needs in terms of separation and installation. The visit has been invaluable.”
We then asked Alex about the state of the recycling and waste sector in France.
Alex: “In May 2017 we had an election and new government. This always affects business confidence. The waste and recycling sector in France has been struggling, with a great deal of restructuring.
However, our new president Emmanuel Macron has put the circular economy and recycling at the heart of our government’s economic model. In fact, they have stated that they are aiming for the use of 100% of recycled plastics through the economy by 2025 as part of their aim to have a 100% circular economy. The present recycling rate for plastics is 21% and so we anticipate huge changes and investment in new waste recycling plants.”
We asked Dave Hills about Alex’s visit to the UK.
Dave: “18 months ago we started working with Pronix to develop business in France. At the start we had very little, if any, presence in France, but Pronix have steadily changed that.
The acquisition of Master Magnets has significantly expanded our product portfolio and opened up new potential in France. It is an exciting time.”
Pronix will be exhibiting at Pollutec 2018 (27th – 30th November, Lyon) the next major waste and recycling show in France.
Other relevant waste and recycling articles:
- 3 UK Waste and Recycling Facts;
- Plastics and the environment;
- The UK recycling landscape post election;
- Recyclable product design is vital to achieve future recycling targets;
- Can UK Metal Packaging Recycling Increase by 10% by 2020?