Summit Systems have partnered with RIO Oceans Integrity

Summit Systems have partnered with Oceans Integrity in a bid to drastically improve the ocean clean-up movement.

Oceans Integrity Did you know that in Indonesia there is up to 7.5m of plastic waste floating under the ocean surface? Summit Systems are proud to have partnered with RIO Oceans Integrity to help mitigate further plastic pollution and rid our oceans, beaches, and rivers of difficult-to-recycle waste plastic around the world, develop new recycling opportunities to prevent plastic materials from entering the waste stream, and educate communities internationally on the tragedy occurring with plastic deposits in our oceans. 

Leading the way with this initiative from Summit Systems is Dan Jordan, alongside RIO’s CEO Kieran Kelly. The work Kieran is doing in Indonesia is nothing short of amazing and it is sickening to see the amount of plastic waste that is accumulating across our oceans and rivers. 

NHS Apron Recycling

Jordan was first introduced to Kelly in September 2021 off the back of a LinkedIn post, where Kieran sought a UK recycling professional to help oversee the collection and recycling of 1200 tons of plastic film disposable aprons. These aprons were over-ordered and out-of-specification, initially purchased for the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic but were on route to landfill due to high storage costs.

50% of the profit from the NHS Apron Recycling was invested into RIO, making Summit Systems a key investor of this green initiative. The team at Summit Systems are keen to share this mission with the plastics industry to raise awareness and increase support for such a worthwhile cause. 

With the money invested, RIO is removing substantial amounts of plastic from the Oceans Integrity rivers and oceans in the Jakarta region of Indonesia, one of the most polluted nations on the planet. These plastics consist of food wraps and laminate packaging which have zero commercial value and are challenging to recycle using traditional methods. At RIO, they are repurposing this material and blending it into aggregate creating building bricks, used to build houses for local communities. The bricks boast huge carbon savings as opposed to traditional concrete. The process utilises waste materials, provides jobs in the local area and removes copious amounts of plastic from our rivers and oceans. 

Dan Jordan, “Kieran’s infectious passion and drive to really clean up our oceans has motivated me to get involved with RIO, so we can tell the next generation that we really did try to fix this global problem. Actions speak louder than words, and that is what drew me into RIO. I am excited to be part of the change.” 

Oceans Integrity The ocean plastics collected by RIO are predominantly low grade, challenging plastics. Typically, bottles are not the issue, but laminate films and flexible food packaging. These grades being collected cannot be recycled into everyday items due to the contamination and mixed polymer types, making it unsuitable for traditional moulding of products. Oceans Integrity have found the solution.  

Kieran Kelly, CEO of Oceans Integrity, “Here at RIO we can collect significantly large volumes as opposed to other clean-up operations. We are focused on empowering fishermen and working with local Indigenous people to facilitate the collection of excessive amounts of material.” 

Oceans Integrity are working meticulously to rectify this growing issue of ocean plastics, creating a better planet and a more sustainable future, and Summit Systems are proud and excited to be a part of it.  

Want to get involved or learn more? Contact Dan Jordan on dan.jordan@summitsystems.co.uk. 

Summit Systems appoints new Finance Director

Robert Last has been appointed as the new Finance Director at Summit Systems Ltd, from February 2022, following the retirement of Colin Walters who stepped down from his position after 5 years with the business. 

Finance Director

Mr. Last commented, “I am delighted to be joining the business at such a vital time in the industry and look forward to aiding in the growth of the company. One of the things that attracted me to Summit Systems is the culture, not only are they renowned within the industry but the people within the business made the decision easy for me. There has been impressive growth over the last couple of years and there is clearly an ambition to continue that upward trajectory.” 

Robert is an experienced business professional who joins Summit Systems building on a successful career as Finance Director across a number of businesses, and with extensive experience in this position will be bringing fresh and innovative ideas to the business. He has 20 years’ experience in financial management, providing professional support and advice to senior decision makers throughout his career. 

Mike Jordan, Managing Director at Summit Systems “It is a pleasure to welcome Robert to the business. I am confident his knowledge and experience will help transform the business as we continue to drive sustainable growth and deliver quality service and products to our customers, maintaining our position as leaders within the plastics industry.” 

Robert joins Mike Jordan, Managing Director; Matthew Ross, Sales Director; and Ian Lowe, Operations Director on the Board of Directors at Summit Systems Ltd. 

Matthew Ross, Sales Director in the ‘Hot Seat’

Sales Director Matthew Ross is next to face the PlastikMedia Hot Seat…

Summit Systems has been an industry-leading supplier of ancillary equipment and machinery to the UK plastics market for over 30 years now, meeting customers’ needs for more efficient and less wasteful production since 1989. 

Matthew Ross, in the Hot Seat

What trends do you think will shape the future of UK plastics? How will Summit Systems respond?

Energy prices will have a massive effect on the cost of manufacturing. At Summit Systems, we have a range of products to help combat energy use, such as the Maguire ULTRA vacuum dryer, which can use up to 80% less energy compared to conventional desiccant dryers.

With the Plastics Packaging Tax coming into effect in April this year, forcing people to use lower grade materials that could potentially require better conditioning, Summit Systems are helping the industry to keep up to date with this confusing legislation, and we’re constantly looking to ensure all the systems are future-proofed in the plastic packaging sector. We’ve invested heavily in our electronic and software division to cater to the Industry 4.0 development.

With the current events in Eastern Europe, material shortages could occur, such as RPET which is heavily sourced from Russia.

How has Summit Systems developed during your tenure?

Since I’ve been at Summit Systems, we have had the addition of the Process Cooling division which contributes to 20% of our business and we foresee this being a big growth area of the business.

I have also enabled Mike Jordan to have 12 weeks holiday a year! 😂

What do you credit as the key to your success?

I started life as a Maintenance Engineer in injection moulding and have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by people with huge amounts of experience, who I have been able to absorb a great amount of knowledge off.

You can’t learn experience in a classroom, so being able to call off more experienced people from within the industry for advice has been vital to my progression.

What has been the greatest challenge in your career?

Working for Mike Jordan 😂

Becoming a Director during the COVID pandemic was challenging, it was a very turbulent time and trying to predict the marketplace was nearly impossible.

What advice do you wish you’d had on entering the industry and does that differ from the advice you would give to an apprentice joining now?

I wish the advice I had received when I entered the industry had encompassed all aspects of the industry, rather than just my focussed area. For anyone entering the industry now, be very open-minded as this industry has many avenues you can go down.

What hidden talents do you have?

If you ask me at the PIAs, I’ll show you…

 

 

Matt is the second Director from Summit Systems to participate in the ‘Hot Seat’ with PlastikMedia, view Mike Jordans Q&A here.