Sandvik further invests in Centre of Excellence in Ballygawley whilst also increasing sustainability
As part of Sandvik’s commitment to minimize the environmental impact and reduce our total waste, Sandvik Mobile Crushers and Screens have recently invested in a new shot blasting facility at our production facility in Ballygawley, Northern Ireland.
This follows the £1.6 million investment of a new powder coating facility only a couple of years ago. The ongoing investment to our world class Centre of Excellence in Ballygawley shows Sandvik’s commitment to the development of the Mobile Crushing and Screening business unit and to improved product quality for our customers.
The Sandvik factory located in Ballygawley, Northern Ireland, is known as one of the world’s premier manufacturing facilities for mobile crushers and screens. This has enabled customers throughout the world to benefit from our materials’ and production expertise.
Reduction of 96% less hazardous landfill waste
The new shot blasting facility, which was installed and operational at the end of November, will improve and increase our shot blasting capacity on site whilst also reducing the amount of landfill waste. The previous shot blast system used a shot material called ‘JBlast’ which could only be used once. This hazardous waste was then collected and sent to landfill. The new technology eliminates the consumption of copper ore and replaces it with a chilled iron material. This material can be recycled up to 10 times, thereby reducing our overall landfill waste by an incredible 96%.
Improved product quality
In addition to improving sustainability, the recent investment will also provide benefits for our customers. As the system is now self-contained under one roof, there are no quality imperfections caused by parts being exposed to the elements.
As well as producing improved quality for customers, the new blasting facilities will also make a substantial improved working environment for our employees.
Support from Invest NI
Sandvik Limited has received support from Invest NI under the European Union’s Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme. The projects, recorded on the ERDF beneficiaries website, will be implemented over a 2 year period, undertaking research and development activities aimed at improving the competitiveness of the business.
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Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology is a business area within the Sandvik Group and a global leading supplier of equipment and tools, service and technical solutions for the mining and construction industries. Application areas include rock drilling, rock cutting, crushing and screening, loading and hauling, tunneling, quarrying and breaking and demolition. In 2017, sales were approximately 37 billion SEK with about 15,000 employees in continuing operations.