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Cotswold Life EMI Awards 2018: Sustainable Manufacturing Award

PUBLISHED: 09:21 10 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:56 21 September 2018

Sustainable Manufacturing Award

Sustainable Manufacturing Award


We reveal the winner of this year’s Sustainable Manufacturing Award, sponsored by Severn Wye Energy Agency

On the evening of Thursday September 20, we celebrated the region’s best innovative engineering and manufacturing companies at the fourth annual Cotswold Life Engineering Manufacturing Innovation Awards, held at Cheltenham Racecourse.

The glittering black tie ceremony celebrated the incredible achievements made by companies who really do put the Cotswolds on the map, drive the region’s economy and keep the area at the top of the tree when it comes to entrepreneurship and business success.

Thanks to both the nominations of the public and our well-respected judges, we have picked a winner worthy of the Sustainable Manufacturing Award, sponsored by Severn Wye Energy Agency.

The finalists are:

Complete Utilities, Maisemore

Complete Utilities are setting the standard for recycling as a utilities contractor having commissioned a dedicated processing plant taking the company from an initial position of zero recycling of their trenching wastes to a recycling rate of almost 100% producing a high quality graded aggregate.

Complete Utilities have developed an innovative technology called ‘narrow trenching’. Working with Tesmec, they created bespoke equipment which uses a machine to cut a trench just 7cm wide, automatically lays the cable in the trench as it cuts it, scrapes the excavated material straight back. As of autumn 2016, the technology has been in full-time use.

Plastim, Staverton

Plastim supply high quality products that have been ethically sourced and manufactured and are careful to take every step to offset our carbon emissions. The media spotlight shined brightly on the plastic manufacturing industry and it was important to Plastim to make it clear that there is a huge difference between throwaway plastics and the plastic manufacturing that they are committed to.

A key focus for them is to ensure that they are offering support on both a local and global scale and they plan to achieve this by constantly remaining proactive and recognising that time spent discussing environmentally rewarding opportunities is of huge importance.

And the winner is...

Leeways Packaging Services, Gloucester

Leeways’ aim is to be a leading sustainable business, trusted and respected by stakeholders for the ethics they adopt and the products they supply. Their focus is on delivering products and services whilst leaving a low carbon footprint and ensuring they conform to a circular economy/closed loop system.

Leeways and the plastics industry have been subject to some adverse media and challenging times since the turn of 2018. They aim to accelerate their programme of packaging design with a focus of reducing pack weights and reducing the amount of plastic being used in the process. In line with Tesco’s pledge to ban hard to recycle materials and materials which have the potential to contaminate PET recycling, they have banned the following materials from our site: PVC, PLA, OPS, and any water soluble bio plastics.

As a company, Leeways also have plans to engage with local schools to educate the next generation on plastic and recycling.


To find out more about the Cotswold Life EMI Awards 2018 and our sponsors, visit emiawards.cotswoldlife.co.uk.

Were you at the awards? Tweet us your pictures @cotsbusiness #CotswoldEMI

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