A Derbyshire company, Storetec, is re-manufacturing a high volume of steel retail assets including shopping trolleys and shelving as an environmentally friendly and cost-effective alternative to new products.
Last year, the company re-manufactured over 50,000 shopping trolleys for UK retailers and has begun to apply the process to a wide variety of other standard equipment items.
Managing Director Tony Barber says that since Storetec was established in 2002, the demand for more carbon efficient manufacture and recent tougher economic times had helped create a growing market for their ‘Reviva’ brand solutions.
“Eventually this enabled us to move from our original site and invest over £3 million in plant and equipment at a considerably larger facility at Tibshelf close to the M1.
“As a result, we believe we have helped hard-pressed retailers across the UK save money on store and equipment refurbishments while at the same time reducing their carbon footprint.”
Tony said that the trademark ‘Reviva’ process is a ‘thorough and unique’ method of revitalising retired steel and wire retail assets in a way which reduces CO2 emissions and eliminates the raw material and energy costs associated with new manufacture.
“About 1.5 kg of CO2 is produced in the manufacture of 1 kg of new steel – by eliminating this need on the products we have re-manufactured we estimate that we have saved over 10,000 tonnes of CO2 since 2005.
“Commercially, this makes good sense as the original life of the asset is significantly extended. And with a choice of colours, textures and finishes available through our powder-coat and electro-plate processes an entirely new look for a store can be achieved without need for new fabrication.
“Furthermore, independent salt-spray tests provide convincing evidence that ‘Reviva’ brand products compete favourably with comparable new imports from Europe and usually provide superior corrosion resistance to those from the Far East.
Tony said that the ‘Reviva philosophy’ was founded in the rejection of the ‘throw-away’ consumer society.
“So much of what could be re-used is simply disposed of, incurring the CO2 penalties of manufacturing all-new goods. The Reviva process is carbon and energy efficient and helps to reduce scrap.
“We would be delighted if more UK retailers discovered that there is now a viable, high volume alternative to buying new equipment and would welcome them to our premises at Tibshelf to see for themselves just how we achieve the quality, environmental and cost benefits which ‘Reviva’ has to offer,” said Tony.
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