Bright future for Hull paint manufacturer after award win
CLEAR WINNER: Ellis Mudd, of Crown Paints, with the firm’s award.
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 25 Jan 2018
A MAJOR paint manufacturer is in a celebratory mood for 2018 after securing a top industry accolade for the work of its Hull plant.
Crown Paints’ manufacturing centre, in Sculcoates Lane, has been awarded the prestigious Coatings Care Overall Best Performer Award by an industry trade organisation.
British Coating Federation judges awarded the accolade to the Hull site based on its outstanding improvements in energy use and waste management, with waste to landfill recorded as zero.
Ellis Mudd, site manager at Crown Paints in Hull, said: “We are delighted our work in such wide-ranging and important areas of the business has been recognised.
“We are committed to sustainable manufacturing and the award is a big boost to us on that journey.”
The award recognises an innovative approach at Crown Paints, which has included the introduction of Nimtech, a social enterprise providing employment opportunities for the hard to reach and long-term unemployed.
Providing the business with waste recovery and recycling services across the UK, the Nimtech programme was originally introduced to the company’s Darwen headquarters in 2012, before expanding to Hull two years ago.
Nimtech works closely day-to-day with the manufacturing team on site at Hull to ensure the maximum amount of waste can be re-used and recycled.
The UK paint manufacturer introduced the partnership as part of its Earthbalance sustainability programme, with the aim of changing the way the company does business in terms of social responsibility, the environment and the economy.
The move is part of the firm’s efforts to hold onto materials rather than immediately disposing of them, and seeking ways in which they can recycle and regenerate the products.
Crown donated more than 1,000 litres of paint to the city in this landmark year, with its products having a transformational effect and supporting a range of initiatives and good causes.
Projects included donating paint for two huge terraced house murals in the historic old fishing area of Hessle Road, as well as products and colour- matching expertise to provide a bespoke backdrop for the shortlisted Turner Prize artists to display their work at Ferens Art Gallery.
Mr Mudd said: “Crown Paints is owned by Hempel and we are actively encouraged to take an active role in corporate responsibility.
“That includes supporting causes or events which impact on local communities or the wider world and our work with Hull UK City of Culture has been a great example of that policy in action.”