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Terinex Flexibles opens new sustainable factory 

PRINTING NEWS – Terinex Flexibles, the Derby based flexographic printer has opened a new sustainable factory following an investment of £8m from its parent company OGM Holdings Group.

The 46,000 sq ft factory is located on a three-acre site on Dove Valley Park [between Stoke-on-Trent and Nottingham] and although it is not the first Net Zero CO2 industrial building in the UK by far, the new Terinex Flexibles site is believed to be the UK’s first Net Zero CO2 rated building for flexographic printing facilities.

To those outside of the industry, this may not sound like much of an achievement but given the amount of power, chemicals and other CO2 intensive consumables and processes that are involved in the flexographic printing sector, Terinex Flexibles has certainly achieved a considerable milestone for the sustainability of the UK print sector.

The Terinex Flexibles facility was designed by IMA Architects and developed by Clowes Developments following the investments from Parent company OGM Holdings Group and the new facility is more than double the size of the original Terinex Flexibles factory that was located in Ripley.

The factory generates its own energy from renewable sources – such as a solar PV panel array fitted to the roof and the facility will be able to recover and reuse energy for many years to come through a number of innovative processes such as the ability to recover energy from the byproducts of the printing process for reuse via an innovative heat recovery system has been installed and linked to an advanced regenerative thermal oxidiser (RTO) capture system.

Paul Wightman, group managing director of the OGM Holdings Group, said: “We are proud to have created a state-of-the-art facility in terms of energy efficiency. As well as the fabric and services of the building, we are investing in efficient plant equipment and other energy saving devices. For example, variable speed inverter drives have been added on all pumps and fan motors to further reduce consumption.

“Being an environmentally conscious business is no longer enough. We believe achieving demonstrable 30 per cent reductions in the carbon footprint of our group factories by 2025 is now mandatory. We are also doing everything we can to offer our customers more sustainable flexible film options. 

“These include compostable, recyclable and PCR materials, compostable inks, recyclable papers and reusable pallets. In terms of emissions management, we take this very seriously and as a result of investment in the latest technology for cleaning our exhaust gases, our solvent mass emissions to atmosphere will be below 20mg/Nm3, which is the most stringent target for VOCs emissions1.”

Terinex Flexibles
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Jack Mellor, associate at IMA Architects said; “This is our latest project with Clowes at Dove Valley Park, and we are proud to be playing our part in creating a thriving business location. Being involved in the site, from the planning stage to completion, means we are able to create premises bespoke to the needs of the end user, something that was important to Terinex Flexibles.”

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