IKO PLC has achieved the environmental standards ISO 14001 and BES 6001 for its new mastic asphalt and hot melt factory in Derbyshire.
The company invested £1.5 million in developing the factory at Grangemill Quarry, which officially opened in September last year, making it as environmentally friendly as possible.
Standards such as ISO 14001 (environmental management) and BES 6001 (responsible sourcing of products) are increasingly specified on major projects. IKO has achieved BES 6001 on a range of products produced at the Grangemill site including Permaphalt, Roofstar, Floorstar, Pavestar, Permapark, Permatrack and PermaTEC.
“As the requirement for responsible sourcing increases, clients are demanding further clarity from the supply chain as to how it can demonstrate this,” said Marcus Lee, sales director for IKO specification division. “With Grangemill achieving ISO 14001 and our range gaining BES 6001 this can now be provided when our products are specified and installed.”
Andy Williamson, UK group managing director of IKO, added: “It’s a company-wide commitment for IKO: we’re focusing on recycling raw materials, reducing packaging, cutting energy and water consumption and monitoring logistics to minimise environmental impact.”
IKO’s Clay Cross plant in Chesterfield maintained its ISO 14001 accreditation last year and by 2016 the manufacturer aims to have both standards across all three of its sites.
Last month, Secretary of State for Transport, The Rt Hon. Patrick McLoughlin paid a visit to the factory, along with Deputy Mayor of Matlock, Councillor Barry Hopkinson.