Chemviron Carbon, the European operating group of Calgon Carbon Corp., held a ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday to celebrate the grand opening of its new reactivation plant. Steve Schott, the company’s executive vice president of Advanced Materials, Manufacturing, and Equipment, accompanied by Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Bob O’Brien and Reinier Keijzer, vice president Europe, welcomed local dignitaries and officials including Mayor Steve Waltho and the Mayoress Jayne Waltho, Councillor Melvyn Mottram, Councillor Clem Baugh, and Tony Bray, area director of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, to the new facility located in Dudley Borough.
“It’s a privilege to welcome Chemviron Carbon to the West Midlands area,” said Dudley Borough Mayor Steve Waltho. “We have a proud heritage here in Dudley, and I am celebrating this major industrial investment in our borough.”
Chemviron Carbon acquired the facility in Tipton in 2011 from Grafham Carbons and invested £6.7 million to upgrade the site to industry standards. The plant, which is dedicated to the reactivation of spent carbon used in drinking water and food grade applications, underwent a major upgrade to increase its capacity and efficiency from 5,800 to 10,000 tons per year of reactivated carbon.
Reactivation, a method of recycling or reheating “spent” (or used) carbon, offers a number of benefits versus the use of virgin (or new) activated carbon. The reactivation of spent activated carbon represents a saving of 80% in CO2 emissions versus the manufacture of virgin activated carbon, as well as reducing the need for the disposal of spent material, which can be hard on the environment.
Source: Calgon Carbon Corp.