Barnsley firm has waste all tied up with new product

10 August 2015

A Barnsley manufacturer could have the future of waste incineration all tied up with the development of a pioneering plastic wire which started life in the South African vineyards.

D R Baling, which is the UK’s biggest wire manufacturer, has invested a million pounds on buying new machinery and developing the new wire, trademarked as Plasloc. It can be used to tie up waste for transport to incinerators, can be safely burned and could save the waste industry millions of pounds.

Each month D R Baling makes about 15,000 miles of steel wire at its plant at Oxspring, near Penistone, which is used by the recycling industry to tie together bales of cardboard, paper or plastics.

Around 15 per cent of waste that is put out for recycling by households cannot be recycled and instead goes to landfill or is incinerated to make electricity, mainly in Holland.

D R Baling, which has a turnover of £7.5m, is being given free marketing advice by Enterprising Barnsley, which is run by Barnsley Council. It currently employs 19 staff, but this is likely to increase by at least a dozen if the new product is successful.

The wire is made from plastic pellets which are melted and passed through a giant machine, which was specially made in Europe. The company is currently expanding production facilities by constructing a new 10,000 sq ft building to house a second Plasloc machine.

Managing director Peter Robinson said he is confident the new product will take off.

“At the moment waste firms are baling unrecyclable waste with steel wire and plastic wrapping. But when that gets to the incinerators in Holland that has to come off before the bales can be burned and that is a really messy and expensive job.

“This plastic wire means the bale can just be burned whole and that could save the waste industry literally millions a year.”
Plasloc is based on a wire that was originally produced for use in the vineyards of South Africa to support the vines. Traditional metal wire would bend, get hot and rust. So plastic wire was developed for use instead.

Peter took the concept and patented a process to add a rough surface to the wire so that it can be tied in knots more easily. But it took several years and much research to come up with the finished product, which is now undergoing trials at a recycling centre in Hull.

Paul Tinsley, of Enterprising Barnsley, which has given D R Baling free advice on areas like marketing and tenders, said: “It’s fantastic to think that a ground-breaking invention is being developed here in Barnsley.

“It just shows that we have some amazing business brains in the borough and can be at the forefront of manufacturing in the UK.”

Enterprising Barnsley offers a wide range of free business support to small and medium-sized businesses with growth potential. The programme is supported financially by the European Union and has attracted £3,015,276 investment from the European Regional Development Fund as part of Europe’s support for the region’s economic development, through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme.

Notes to editor

Attached photograph shows Peter Robinson with the Plasloc machine.

Media contact at D R Baling: Peter Robinson on 01226 766775 or at sales@drbalingwire.co.uk

The Enterprising Barnsley programme is part financed by the Yorkshire and Humber European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs.

For more information visit www.gov.uk/browse/business/funding-debt/european-regional-development-funding

For information about Enterprising Barnsley go to www.enterprisingbarnsley.co.uk or contact Mark Storey at MarkStorey@barnsley.gov.uk or on 01226 772 996.

Additional media contact: Kate Betts at kate@capitalbmedia.co.uk or on 01226 766900 or 07792 764891.

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