Winchester, United Kingdom-based Saxlund International, the U.K. arm of Sweden-based bulk solid handling and bio-energy combustion firm Saxlund Group AB, has moved into new offices and announced new appointments in the first quarter of 2018. The company indicates the moves are being made to support expanding business opportunities, including more than 13 active biomass fuel handling and storage contracts at bioenergy projects in the U.K.
Existing projects include multiple waste-to-energy, biomass combustion and gasification projects with different industry partners, including a fuel reception, storage and conveying system for the Go Green Fuels BioSNG (synthetic natural gas) project in Swindon, U.K.
Previously located in Southampton, the Saxlund International office has relocated to larger premises at Hursley near Winchester, providing additional space for engineering, design and support staff, as well as supplier and customer presentation areas.
The firm’s new appointments include: an additional senior design engineer; a chief operations officer to oversee all existing contracts and future business; and a technical buyer to support future equipment and engineering service procurement.
Managing Director Matt Drew, who has led the U.K. business since 2012, also has taken on the additional role of head of sales for the Saxlund Group AB, which includes offices in Sweden and Germany.
Expected revenue for the group in 2018 is around £35 million ($49 million). That figure includes sales from its Hotab subsidiary, which provides combustion technology for mobile bioenergy, district heating and CHP (combined heat and power) plants.
“We are in an increasingly dominant position within the international bulk solids handling and biomass combustion sectors, with capabilities across a range of industry sectors,” says Drew. “Larger premises and the addition of several new positions will help us to continue the provision of high-quality services and support to our existing U.K. customers and to win more business in the increasingly attractive bioenergy combustion markets.”
Drew continues, “In the U.K. and elsewhere in the Saxlund Group, we also plan to build on our successes in the cement industry for alternative fuel handling systems, plus bulk material handling solutions in a range of industries including energy from waste, the particleboard and pelleting sectors and sewage sludge,” Drew continued.
The Saxlund Group indicates it intends to double its service and aftermarket business within three years and that it sees “huge potential in the changed market conditions brought about by European legislation for flue gas emissions, the closure of Germany’s nuclear power plants, and the ongoing commitment to reduced carbon emissions.”