BlueMAC experiences significant growth in the worldwide demand for MRF’s.
One of our first visits in Northern Ireland was to BlueMAC who are based at their new location in Dungannon, County Tyrone.
Originally formed in 2013 as the recycling arm of the Blue Machinery Group, BlueMac started designing bespoke Material Recycling Facilities. As with all new entries into a market this introduction to the recycling industry was challenging. However, as they progressed, and the first sale was made, it was clear that the design, manufacturing and installation of their plants was going to lead to success.
Initial sales were into the UK, utilising the sales team of Blue Machinery across the length and breadth of the country. However, during the second year BlueMac spread its wings and successfully installed its first international project into Kazazhstan.
These first international sales were a steep learning curve for BlueMac with the added complications of the way some of the deals were financed using such instruments as Letters of Credit, Bonds and Guarantees. This however didn’t deter the appointment of an Australian dealer that subsequently secured the first turnkey recycling system Down-Under. This success continued with a further 3 installations across the country, and numerous others continue to be on order today.
With increasing orders the next challenge for BlueMac was to keep pace with demand; General Manager of BlueMAC – Michael Strain took up the story, “This increase in demand has required us to increase our manufacturing partners. Previously our demand was able to be met with our sole manufacturing partner DMAC Engineering, who continue to provide us with a high-quality service. However, since the start of the year we have been introducing our product to a number of different manufacturers across Northern Ireland and England who continue to deliver a high quality product that meets our ISO requirements. ”
The BlueMAC team comprises of design and install engineers, an international sales team and project managers and as previously mentioned all backed up by the Blue Group Sales Offices across the UK.
Michael, continued, “We are currently heavily involved in plant installations in Australia, Dubai and Sri Lanka and we are also very busy with several installations across the UK. It’s very clear that there is a global change in relation to waste and we can see a genuine appetite for the drive to ‘zero waste’ . There is a great deal of growing concern over the management of waste in such regions as the Middle East, Egypt and Africa, all now developing targets for waste reduction. Even in the UK we are behind on 2020 and 2025 targets, meaning there needs to be more investment and strategies implemented closer to home. Because of this we have seen our turnover double and we can clearly see a strong future, forecasting a very strong 5 year business plan. ”
BlueMAC see their core business in designing MRFs, adapting the plant to accommodate multiple types of waste stream. However, last year saw a break away from this norm when, through the R&D arm of BlueMac they designed and supplied four off-loading hoppers for Belfast Harbour Commission which have been so successful that additional orders have been received this year.
This healthy order book is all credit to them and their hands-on-approach which has proved very successful in supplying a fully commissioned plant and a hand-over to the customer.
The last word came from Pat McGeary – Chairman of Blue Group, “It’s been a significant change at BlueMAC over the last two years. Although the supply structure has been changed the philosophy and ethos remains intact. It’s a fact that the company is more flexible today and able to cope with the growing demand we are experiencing. Certainly, with the strength and backing of the Blue Group our customers understand that we can support them for as long as they need!”
The future is certainly ‘Green’ for the waste industry!