BRETT Specialized Aggregates have invested over £300,000 in a new state-of-the-art kiln feed and discharge system at their Sturry site in Kent.
The investment was made to improve and extend the company’s decorative and dry-dashing aggregate manufacturing capacity, in particular the Durite Canterbury Spar brand, by streamlining the process involved in lifting flints and coal from ground level to the top of the kilns.
The new system for the six 7m high kilns at Sturry is expected to significantly impact upon production of the aggregates, employing advanced machinery to save time loading and conveying materials for calcining and emptying the kilns post calcination for quenching.
Mike Woodcock, general manager with Brett Specialized Aggregates, believes that the new equipment will not only speed up production and reduce costs, but also represents the company’s determination to provide a safe working environment.
‘This investment eliminates the need for the dual diesel crane system which was previously employed, thus enhancing safety in the work environment as well as in the surrounding neighbourhood, as less dust and noise will be created,’ he said.