Bord na Móna - Source Issue 11 - (Page 3)

BUSINESSROUND-UP NEW QUALITY SYSTEM AND PRODUCTION PLANS IN PLACE A new quality system dealing with all operations including bog drainage, production and stock protection is being introduced for 2013. This quality system will also cover peat scheduling, loading and delivery. NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM ACROSS THE COMPANY FOR 2013’s CRITICAL HARVEST In preparation for the critical 2013 peat harvest, Feedstock is working to maximise production potential and increase saleability of peat stocks. Production targets have risen from 3,765kt in 2012 to just short of 4,000kt in 2013. New chairman John Horgan. BORD NA MÓNA’S NEW CHAIRMAN Risk Assessments Ongoing Risk assessments continue to be carried out across all businesses. Retail and Feedstock management are currently writing up safe work procedures for all operational activities. These procedures, which have been identified in the risk assessments, will form part of the relevant safety statements and will also be used for instruction and training purposes. At Feedstock and Retail (fuels), maintenance are working on safety issues raised in the assessments, such as the upgrading of machine guarding. RETAIL ON TARGET DESPITE CHALLENGES New distributor arrangements for bulk peat have been set up in Turkey, China and Taiwan, all built from Retail’s strong market position in the UK and Europe. This is a positive development as the Irish market remains challenging. The impact of the weather, the imposition of carbon tax, the extension of the smokeless zones and the depressed nature of consumer spending are all affecting business. Within the convenience category, consumers are heavily influenced by promotions and many are buying private label brands. However, the season so far has been in line with expectations; the briquette factories have battled hard to keep production volumes up, given the challenges of peat quality and the recent fire at Littleton. A lot of credit is due to all those involved in managing demand and supply in a very tight environment. Bord na Móna has a new Chairman - John Horgan has been appointed with effect from September 27, 2012. An independent human resources consultant, he has worked in the UK and Irish public services. Previous roles include Deputy Chairman and then Chairman of the Labour Court. He has also worked for GPA in Shannon and was HR Director for a number of multinational companies. Other recent appointments to the Board include Elaine Treacy, Vice President of Marketing, Cicero Networks; solicitor Gerard O’Donoghue, a Partner in White O’Donoghue and Co., Solicitors; and Barry Walsh, FCCA , Company Secretary of Irish Life Group. UK success for Anua Anua has provided an innovative odour control unit for Bedford sewage works in the UK. The contract was secured from @one Alliance, a collaborative organisation that delivers a large part of the Anglian Water investment programmes. The alliance has a heavy focus on sustainable and innovative solutions. Anua supplied a packaged Monashell odour control unit, constructed completely within Anua’s Bridgwater facility. This fulfilled @ one Alliance’s remit in terms of sustainability and carbon footprint. Innovations were also introduced to reduce onsite installation time, health and safety risk, and maintenance requirements. Source | 3 BUSINESS ROUND-UP

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Bord na Móna - Source Issue 11
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Bord na Móna - Source Issue 11