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Saint-Gobain to invest £1.2m at Newark facility
Global plaster and gypsum manufacturer, Saint-Gobain, is to invest £1.2million at its specialist plaster plant near Newark in Nottinghamshire to upgrade its manufacturing equipment and improve environmental performance.
The plant, known as Jericho Works, is operated by Saint-Gobain Formula and is located next to the company’s Bantycock Quarry where the raw material gypsum is mined to supply the Works.
Gypsum production has been present in the area since the 1860s. The Jericho plant has operated for over 50 years and produces a range of high quality plaster products for applications such as ceramics, food and brewing industries, decorative work and dentistry.
This investment will enable the site team to upgrade two major pieces of equipment to improve their calcination process and to provide improved dust containment. The project is the first phase in a long-term plan to improve the overall efficiency and environmental performance of the plant.
Saint-Gobain Formula operates within the local and national environmental guidelines and strives to achieve best practise results through investment and continual improvement of existing processes.
Jericho Works Manager, Matt O’Sullivan said: “It’s a priority for us to make the plant as efficient as possible, both to minimise our impact on the surrounding area, and to keep our processes sustainable.
“This investment enables us to upgrade the equipment which captures dust, therefore improving our air emissions performance. We hope that this project will be complete with the new equipment in operation by the middle of 2019.”