London, UK St Ives-based PCB-maker, Anglia Circuits, has won a Gold prize in the 2003 International Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice. The competition which rewards environmental best practice is open to UK and international companies and government bodies.
Anglia, whose award was in the Electrical and Electronics category, has been manufacturing PCBs since 1968.
The company introduced an environmental management system in 1999 and on initial assessment it was found that up to 91% of all of the manufacturing consumables and materials used by Anglia could be recycled. Since then many initiatives have been introduced including staff training programmes, reduction of paper consumption, recycling of selected waste products such as aluminium, solder dross, carbide drills and tin anodes, and the improvement in effluent treatment and the reduction of water consumption.
A major project has been undertaken to reduce the water consumption by a minimum of 15% over two years. This resulted in a 24.5% reduction in water consumption and a 23.5% increase in factory efficiency.
As part of Anglia's Continuous improvement policy, the team are now working towards further reducing environmental impact by studying other aspects of waste minimisation and recycling.
With the Green Apple award are (from left) Matthew Kember, managing director; Patricia Moss, operations director; Norman Scott, quality & environmental manager; and Neil Geddes, production manager.