(Pictured, left to right: Kadant’s Jason Greatorex, Lee Evans and Steve Evans, posed near Parry & Evans bales that will be shipped to Asia.)
Welshpool, United Kingdom-based recycling firm Parry & Evans is crediting a baler made in Germany by United States-based Kadant Paal for its ability to prepare and ship recovered fiber from the U.K. to the rest of the world.
Starring in 1961, Maurice Parry and Jack Evans went to farms in Wales and began recycling farmer’s hessian (burlap) sacks. More than five decades later, Parry & Evans now produces more than 120,000 bales annually of recovered fiber shipped to destinations around the world. Grades produced by the firm include newsprint, OCC (old corrugated containers) and several forms of paperboard packaging.
“Can you imagine that Parry & Evans bales shipped to China could return to the U.K. as the packaging board for mobile phones, and then be reprocessed by us, and sent on the journey again to Asia?” asks Steve Evans, a part of the second generation of the Evans family in the business.
Steve Evans and his sons operate more than 30 vehicles with more than 200 containers deployed in Wales and other parts of the U.K. Materials recycled by the firm include cardboard, office paper, newspaper and brochures and plastic bottles.
The core of the firm’s operations involves sorting and grading scrap paper and then baling it for transport to paper mills around the world. Custom-equipped hooklift vehicles exchange full paper and cardboard containers from a wide range of locations, including supermarkets, village community halls, commercial premises and hospitals.
“Our new Kadant PAAL Konti baler was a major investment, but essential to our commitment to being a provider of top-quality materials,” Lee Evans says of the baler installed at Parry & Evans’ Deeside, U.K. facility. “Our [mill] customers pay a premium for recovered fiber, which must remain intact for long journeys and then perform well on advanced paper machines,” he adds.
Evans, who also is on the board of the U.K-based The Recycling Association, continues, “Chinese customers have raised their expectations for quality, and we are meeting and exceeding what they demand. With half of the U.K.’s recovered paper going to China, this is important for fellow suppliers and us. Every bale we ship matters.”
Parry & Evans provides several types of containers to its suppliers. Where a larger container is required, the firm provides an “open bin,” which can be loaded from the top by a forklift or similar loader. Also available are “closed bin” models that are loaded through a rear lockable access door.
The company indicates it works closely with government authorities to reduce the amount of discarded material that is landfilled, instead helping to recycle as much as possible to the benefit of the environment and the local economy.
Says Steve Evans, “We collect various grades of materials to be recycled - cardboard, newspapers, magazines, brochures, office waste, printer waste, white off-cuts and surplus. We can either collect in bulk, or customers can deliver to us onsite. Everything is sorted and graded at our specialist facilities, making sure everything goes where it should.”
Adds Steve Evans regarding the new baler in Deeside, “Our Kadant Paal Konti 600 Baler, installed in September 2016, achieves higher throughput rates and reduced energy consumption. Smooth operations get the job done in only 14 hours of each day, instead of around the clock, freeing up operators. Ease of operation for multiple grades requires far less maintenance.”
Lee Evans comments, “This type of investment into the business contributes to improved service for our customers across Wales and the border counties. The Kadant PAAL Konti baler allows us to pack more [material] into each bale, which benefits our customers and improves our operational efficiency. Four tons more going onto each lorry adds up to a lot of value.”
According to Jason Greatorex, sales manager with Kadant PAAL, “We have worked closely with the Parry & Evans team to define their recipes. Depending on the mix of OCC, cardboard, brochures, newsprint, and mixed office waste, for example, presetting is done automatically. In each case the Paal Konti has the ability to process a broad range of materials, running smoothly and continuously.”
The Paal Konti baler is equipped with axial piston pumps with power-regulated control designed to produce higher throughput. Lower drive power is required at the same throughput; for example, 55 kilowatts (kW) instead of 75 kW, according to Paal.
The baler’s cutting system features a customized blade shape and the adaptation of the clearance space above the fixed knife has been designed to significantly reduce cutting force with the aim of consuming less energy, according to Kadant Paal.
Other features touted by Kadant Paal include ease of accessibility to the baling chamber via two large doors. A platform with a ladder at the tying unit of the baler has been designed to make it easier to insert the tying wire and to provide access to tying unit components for service and maintenance.
Kadant Paal traces its roots back to 1854 in Osnabruck, Germany. The company indicates it introduced the first continuously operated horizontal baler in 1960, and that it has delivered more than 30,000 machines to the market. The first Kadant Paal baler in the U.S. has been installed in Monterey, California, at a regional recycling facility.