WRL Glass Media reports major export boost

WRL’s European exports are principally in shot-blasting product

Specialist glass recycler WRL Glass Media aims to achieve an increase of 10% on exports this year.

WRL Glass Media, part of UK Ward Recycling Group, is looking to achieve exports of 40% this financial year, up 10% on last year. 
The specialist manufacturer of recycled glass products has already exported 4,000 tonnes in the financial year beginning 1 February 2016, an increase of 1,800 tonnes compares to the same period of last year.
The export boost comes as demand from European markets for its products continues to grow.
WRL’s European exports are principally in shot-blasting products – customers are swapping from grit or plastic products to environmentally-friendly recycled glass for the first time; and more refined processed glass, which is used as a cost-effective and cleaner replacement for silica sand in swimming pool filtration systems.
Ward Recycling was founded in 2002 as a small recycling firm in the North East. It has grown significantly, and including WRL Glass Media, now employs 146 people and has a turnover in excess of GBP 8 million.
Gareth Godwin, Manager at WRL Glass Media, said: “The international demand for the innovative recycled glass products we produce at South Bank, continues to grow.
“Our customer-base across Europe is receptive to the quality and environmental benefits of utilising glass media in their operations – driving demand and investment in our plant.”
“The long-term ambition of Ward Recycling is to expand our operations to mainland Europe, enabling us to better service and respond to the pressures and demands of the international market.
“The promising start we’ve made on exports this year brings our ambition another step closer.”