Supporting the green agenda- Spotlight on Wavin

By Anita Jaynes on 4 November, 2019

In support of national Green GB Week (4-8th November 2019), The Business Exchange planned lots of content to get behind the campaign. Sadly, the government decided to postpone the week until 2020, to enable businesses and government to fully focus on EU Exit preparations, and enjoy Green GB & NI to the full next year.

Despite the campaign’s official cancellation we are continuing with our plans and will be putting the spotlight on Swindon and Wiltshire firms that have built the environment into their business offering throughout this week. Today we focus on local firm, Wavin. 

Wavin – one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of plastic pipe systems, recently welcomed local MP Michelle Donelan to its Chippenham site, where it shared progress on its ongoing investment in the manufacturing facility and commitment to greener, sustainable manufacturing methods.

As part of this commitment, the firm’s Chippenham site now uses recycled material in plastic pipe production. Michelle learnt about Wavin’s unique Recycore technology, which allows the company to create pipes that feature 50% recycled materials, including old double-glazing window frames and other waste assets from the housing sector.

Additionally, Wavin sends no plastic to landfill and ensures that its 10,000 delivery pick-ups from the factory per day all use recyclable packaging.

Continuously working to improve sustainability, Wavin says that it currently uses recycled material equivalent to 2,500 elephants.

The Wavin team also shared details of its recent expansion, which has created 120 new jobs. A leading employer in the Wiltshire area since 1983, Wavin has recently invested over £17m on the 42-acre site, which employs over 500 people.

Michelle was provided with an overview of the future plans for the Chippenham site and also learned about a further £7m that Wavin is currently investing in the manufacturing plant and tooling.

As well as the tour, Michelle also learned more about Wavin’s commitment to supporting the local area through a range of joint initiatives with local colleges, schools and community groups.

Mike Ward, Wavin’s Territory Director for UK and Ireland, said, “It’s fantastic to see the recognition that our Chippenham site is receiving for its commitment to sustainability and the local economy here in Wiltshire. The investments we make into our factories are taken to not only ensure a stable and continued path of progression for our company but to also help provide jobs for the surrounding areas.”

Michelle added, “Wavin is such an important company to our local economy. It is growing from strength to strength and we spoke about the importance of its apprenticeship schemes giving young local people some fantastic career opportunities.”

Pictured above: Wavin’s Mike Ward with local MP Michelle Donelan