Ryobi Aluminium Casting UK Ltd has received support from Invest NI under the European Union’s Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme. The project: Development of a new European die design/construction concept, recorded on the ERDF beneficiaries’ website, will be implemented over the next 2 years, undertaking research and development activities aimed at improving the competitiveness of the business.
Ryobi is proud to announce that Gareth Harkness, an apprentice Engineer from Ballymena, has been crowned Apprentice of the Year 2014.
Gareth, 19, works in the Die Cast Engineering department at Ryobi, and is completing his apprenticeship in Engineering at Northern Regional College, Ballymena.
Employers and training organisations from all over Northern Ireland were asked to nominate apprentices who they felt had shown commitment, occupational progress and enthusiasm in their chosen apprenticeship.
The awards ceremony, organised by the Department for Employment and Learning, was held in Hillsborough Castle and was hosted by presenter Claire McCollum.
Congratulating the winners, Minister for Employment and Learning Dr Stehen Farry said: “The array of talent on display today is testament to the high level of skills and talent that exists in Northern Ireland. I congratulate Gareth, the Apprentice of the Year, and all the other apprentices here today on their achievements and wish them continued success in their chosen careers. Gareth is an excellent example of how an apprentice can form an integral part of a company.”
Barry Ferris, Die Cast Engineering Manager at Ryobi Aluminium Castings, said:“Gareth is rated highly amongst management and staff and is meticulous about his work. He has shown great ability, and his first project led to significant savings for the company. Since this he has become involved in higher level products, coming up with innovative ideas and solutions. His strengths reside in his ability to identify faults and if necessary redesign products, reducing downtime whilst maintaining a close eye on quality. Without doubt Gareth’s work is way beyond the remit of an apprentice and is certainly on par with experienced engineers. His future with Ryobi is very promising and his contribution greatly appreciated.”
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Ryobi Aluminium Casting (UK) Ltd based in Carrickfergus, is an Invest NI customer manufacturing high quality, technically complex cast aluminium products mainly for the automotive industry. Its parent company is based in Japan.
Ryobi has been a member of the Industrial Symbiosis (IS) Service since 2008.
Following a change in its manufacturing process Ryobi contacted the IS service to find a solution for a quantity of redundant plastic packing dividers made from high density polyethylene (HDPE). This packing material was no longer utilised on site and Ryobi had approximately 20tonnes in storage pending disposal. To maintain compliance with Health and Safety and environmental regulations Ryobi was keen to find a solution that would be environmentally sustainable and also divert the material from landfill.
The IS practitioner took a sample of the HDPE to show to potential solution providers and then introduced Ryobi to Renewable Products. This company was geographically close to the Ryobi site and could take the material for reprocessing back into a reusable resource. After a short period of discussion the two companies completed a deal that was economically and environmentally acceptable.
This synergy demonstrates the value of involvement in the Industrial Symbiosis service. Ryobi has been able to maintain its health, safety and environmental credentials by finding a sustainable solution for redundant stock. This has saved the company from paying costly landfill charges and Renewable Products was able to sell the HDPE recyclate to other companies for use in the manufacture of new products.
“It has been of great benefit to Ryobi to be a part of the IS service. We take pride in our environmental credentials and finding a recycling solution for the plastic packing dividers means we can continue to meet our sustainability targets.” Graham Coulter, Integrated Systems Superintendent Ryobi Aluminium Casting (UK) Ltd