03 Feb 2015
A quantum leap in recycling is taking place right now on Merseyside.
Bromborough company Ultromex is using unique chemical processes to harvest normally inaccessible base and precious metals and elements from hi-tech gadgets and waste materials.
Elements like gold, tin, lead, aluminium and platinum group metals are often locked away in circuit boards, LED TVs and production waste streams sometimes lost to the market or landfilled. Using unique industrial chemical processes and novel economic technologies, Ultromex is able to recover those metals to allow them to be resold and reused.
Last year the Merseyside Innovation Awards recognised the potential of Ultromex’s work and it earned them a place in the final of the contest. The event gave the company a platform for its processes and further increased the already significant interest in its innovative recycling solutions.
The company researches and develops novel recycling technologies which reduce the need to mine for new materials in turn reducing environmental impact.
“For me the most important thing is that our companies invent sustainable technologies, reducing carbon emissions, export of wastes and landfill & creating jobs and local infrastructure, thereby leaving a legacy for my children so they grow up in a cleaner world,” said Ultromex founder Jonathan Quinn, who last week visited Downing Street and met with Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne at a meeting for entrepreneurs leading the way in Northern businesses.
The meeting supported the government’s objective of creating a “northern powerhouse of jobs, investment, prosperity and bright futures".
“There is a balance that needs to be struck between industry and the environment,” he said. “We are applying our expertise in order to develop recycling processes which are environmentally sustainable as well as being more cost-effective and energy-efficient than traditional smelting processes. Our technologies enable recyclers to process materials locally instead of exporting them abroad with the associated huge transportation costs and large carbon footprint.
“Reaching the final of The Merseyside Innovation Awards was a fantastic achievement for Ultromex because it enabled us to tell a wider audience about our work and it has led to a number of great opportunities.