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Colour Tone Masterbatch wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2022!

We’re proud and delighted to share the news that Colour Tone Masterbatch Ltd, part of the Luxus Group, has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2022. Find out more here.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious awards for UK businesses, recognising and celebrating business excellence across the UK. Colour Tone has achieved this award through the development and implementation of our patented Near infrared (NIR) detectable black colourants, which enable the automatic sorting and therefore recycling of black post-consumer mixed plastics. To date it is estimated that this technology has diverted over 10,000 tonnes of plastic from landfill.
 
Simon Atterby, General Manager at Colour Tone Masterbatch ltd, said:
“We are incredibly proud to have received this prestigious award, which is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the whole team. The management of plastics is, without doubt, one of the greatest challenges we all face as we try to build a cleaner, greener future for the generations to come.”
 
Black plastic is mistakenly perceived by many consumers as a particular problem, due to it being regarded as single use and impossible to recycle. In fact, the polymer itself is perfectly recyclable, however, when coloured in a traditional way, it cannot be recognised by the near infra-red sorting equipment in post-consumer sorting facilities and thus is diverted to landfill. Colour Tone recognised this and, through an innovative approach, developed and patented a product, which allows brand owners to continue to colour as they wish (including black) but via a colouring technology that is optimised for post-consumer sorting, therefore allowing the product to be identified and thereby diverted from landfill and recycled; a sustainable solution for both black plastics and other products which would otherwise not have been sorted.
 
Tony Gaukroger, is one of the original founders of Colour Tone and creators of the NIR product, he said:
 
“We recognised that a fundamental part of tackling the challenge was developing technology that enabled the effective recycling of black plastic, so we applied our years of experience and insight and invested significant time and resources into making it happen. We look forward to continuing to play our part in driving innovation and applying our specialist knowledge to build a cleaner, brighter future for our industry.”
 
Colour Tone’s expertise in this area means that we can offer consultation to customers and help them to adopt more sustainable packaging solutions with reduced carbon footprint, whilst maintaining a competitive price.
 
If you would like to find out more about this achievement, or any other aspect of Colour Tone, including career opportunities, please visit: www.colourtonemasterbatch.co.uk.
Odour Control: Identifying odour and deodourising recycled polymers

Of the UK’s 260,000 tonnes of post-consumer polypropylene waste, under 1% is recycled into high quality products (e.g. automotive applications). One of the main reasons for this is the fact that polymers retain odours from their previous applications (e.g. containers for food, sauces, detergents), which deems them unviable for use in the production of high value products. 

The Odour Control project aims to create a validated prototype of a process to provide a cost-effective method for identifying odour and deodourising recycled polymers, which can then be implemented during the manufacture of higher value products. 

Project Outcomes 
• We’re delighted to say that we have installed a state-of-the-art, modified laboratory-scale extrusion line with vast flexibility of machine configuration for development of the process 

• The project consortium has also designed and built bespoke processing technology, which is undergoing operational testing 

• Laboratory trials for experimentation on the deodourising prototypes and their effectiveness are being carried out in the coming months and into next year 

We are currently in talks to develop this important piece of work further. Odour control is one of the key challenges in the arena of utilising recycled plastics, so we are committed to playing our part in finding a viable, long term solution.  

Our sincere thanks to our funding body, Innovate UK and to our project partners, the University of LincolnMatrix Moulding Systems and IPL Global.
NIRPlas: Creating multilife certifiable NIR detectable polymer

An estimated 370,000 tonnes in the UK and an estimated 4 million tonnes in the EU of plastic is sent to landfill because the plastic type cannot be identified, despite it being suitable for recycling. 

This is because the vast majority of recycling sorting facilities use Near Infra-red (NIR) scanning technology, to identify and separate plastic from household waste into its different polymers. Any plastics which contain carbon black pigment (e.g. black, brown, dark green, dark blue colours) are not identifiable as the carbon black absorbs the infra-red waves and inhibits them from reflecting back to the sensor. 

As such, we wanted to develop a solution to this major challenge in the handling of plastics against the background of the UK’s environmental aspirations. We had already proven the concept of developing NIR detectable pigment systems but now we are seeking to take this project to the next level.  

Project Objectives 
• The concept of NIR detectable pigment systems has been proven in previous work, which has produced black and dark coloured plastics that can be identifiable to NIR scanning technology and subsequently recycled. 

• The NIRPlas project concept is to gain new scientific understanding of the inter-relationship between a plastic’s first life and its subsequent lives (e.g. after multiple loops of recycling, product manufacturing, recycling again) in terms of its visual changes and integrity of the plastic, when NIR detectable pigment systems are used. 

• The NIRPlas project is also aiming to develop a novel, continuous NIR and visual inspection system so that the manufacture of NIR detectable polymer compounds can be certifiable, meaning there is added confidence that they can be recycled when being processed through a recycling sorting facility. 

Project Outcomes 
• An exceptional scientific understanding of NIR detectable plastics has been achieved. Across multiple plastic types, no significant differences in integrity have been identified for plastics being processed through a life cycle of up to 4 times, when compared with traditional pigmented plastics. 

• The design and construction stages of the continuous NIR and visual inspection system have been completed with excellent results. Operational testing has been successfully conducted and ongoing modifications are planned. The prototype was fitted on to Luxus’ main production line in May 2021 for full-scale operational trails. 

Our sincere thanks to our funding body, Innovate UK and to our project partners, Colourtone MasterbatchThe Technology Research Centre and Berry Global.  
   

Meet the Team
Rachel Deacons
Purchasing Assistant Non Plastic

David Lilley
Engineering Manager

Steve Jones
Finance Director

Chris Stabler-Coxon
Purchasing Ledger Clerk

Luke Daniel
Logistics Administrator

Phil Ashman
Team Leader - Engineering

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Peter Atterby
Managing Director

Peter has over 40 years experience in the plastics industry, having joined Luxus as a graduate apprentice in 1970. Since that time he has gained experience in various roles across the business becoming an Executive Assistant in 1973, then at the tender age of 28 he became a Director and five years later, he had proved himself sufficiently to be promoted to the role of Managing Director. Today, Luxus has been transformed from a small plastics trading and granulation company to a leading technical compounding and recycling company with a turnover of £25m. Peter and his management team have successfully overseen the strategic direction of the company enabling it to become a key supplier in many markets, particularly the global automotive industry, revolutionising sustainable component design in the process.
Alistair Barber
Business Development Manager

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Natalie Blanchard
HR Manager

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Adrian Brown
Scheduling Co-ordinator

I re-joined Luxus in August 2016 so I am now on my 2nd stint with the company. I have been working in the plastic industry since the age of 18, so 15 years and counting. Confusing for some as I do get ID’d for wine gums. I was told when re-joining I had one of the jobs no-one wanted, but I really enjoy it as no day is ever the same and I see every part of the business. The proudest moment of my life was becoming a Father to my Son and my hobbies are football, fishing, gardening and motorsport. I enjoy being the happy chirpy chap that will have a laugh.
Chris Burwell
IT Manager

I began my journey with Luxus in 2012 as an IT Developer and recently accepted the role of IT Manager. I continue to enjoy the daily challenges a job in IT brings. I love the continued learning curve of my role and there is nothing more satisfying than watching people benefit from something you’ve implemented. In the relatively short time I’ve been with Luxus I’ve witnessed the company go from strength to strength and I hope to play a small part in that for many years to come. Outside of work I love to get out and about, learning and seeing new things. I’m a big fan of the States and have travelled to Florida (a lot), New York and Washington. California is high on my to-do list but next up on my travels is Dubai!
Brad Carter
Customer Service Administrator

Joining Luxus May 2018, I have only been here a short time, but it has flown by! Joining the industry is a complete change from previously working in a customer service role in retail. I have BTEC Level 3 diplomas in Business, Health and Social Care and Biology that I achieved at college. Out of work I enjoy to binge watch any TV drama going on Netflix, and although I try to always maintain a healthy diet, brownies are and will always be my weakness.
Victor Casal
Shift Leader - Compounding

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Brendan Devlin
Operations Director

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Jaume Escoriza
Business Development Manager

I joined Luxus in February 2016 with an aim to develop new and existing materials into new markets.I have a BSc in Retail Management (Leeds Met) and a GNVQ Business & Finance (High Melton College. Away from the office I like to balance the good with the bad – run & ride followed by pub & restaurant. My greatest achievement was to have cycled coast-to-coast in one day, this was followed by a big night celebrating and unfortunately I could only manage the train back the other way! Wednesday night is dancing night, initially forced into it by my lovely lady, now I enjoy it and pull-off a mean tango! My favourite place in the world is Sydney – it was meant to be a ‘stop off’ in my post-uni travelling but ended up staying for 1 year!
Pat Foxon
Accounts Administrator

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Russell Hewitt
Health, Safety & Enviro. Manager

Alice Higgs
Logistics Administrator

I joined Luxus in 2016 as Logistics Administrator - a far cry from my previous career as a nursery teacher but it was the best move I ever made, I have learnt so much since working for Luxus and have the opportunity to work within a great workforce! I LOVE going to music festivals and concerts, cooking for my friends and family and spending time in the gym (ok, so maybe I don’t love that so much but my friends did warn me once I reached 22 I wouldn’t be able to eat enough for 10 people anymore) and of course… a cool Gin in the sunshine with friends is my happy place.
Jamie Hipgrave
Laboratory Co-Ordinator

I have worked at Luxus since August 1999. I started in Q-Polymers, under the guidance of Ian Pigot (great days) - I am sure he has a story or two! After only a few months in there I got the opportunity to move in to the Laboratory as a technician, where I have gained a great amount of knowledge in polymers and recycled processing. My current role within the Technical Centre is Laboratory Co-ordinator, and I take care of signing off all the finished production runs we produce, making sure they stay to the high standards Luxus is known for. My passions are Formula One and motorcycle racing, but not to the anorak levels of a certain colleague! I like travelling to hot destinations, my favourite so far must be Antigua. And you can't beat going out for a Sunday roast, which I like do once a month with my wife and a couple of friends. We are trying out venues all over Lincolnshire to hunt down that perfect roast beef!
Maciej Jesionowski
Shift Leader - Compounding

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Ellie Johnstone
Assistant Accountant

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Chris Kemplay
Stock Management Co-Ordinator

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Peter Laking
Maintainence/Engineering Manager

I started at Luxus in 1968 at the age of 15 and since then I have operated all forms of machine starting with the kettle on my first day! I moved on to grinding scrap, FLT driving and training and then obtained my HGV class one (which I still have). Next was engineering, repairing and installing our machines, and I even ended up at night school teaching welding and turning. I then became the Recycling Manager for 20 years and more recently became Engineering and Project Manager. Away from Luxus I have been happily married for nearly 40 years and we have two great children. My favourite place in the world is my course fishing pond, but I also keep myself busy with DIY, shooting and gardening.
Daniel Marsh
Non Plastic Purchasing Manager

I joined Luxus in June 2014 after spending my time before working towards my Sports Coaching Degree which I achieved prior to joining Luxus. My interests are playing and coaching football which I currently hold a Level 2 coaching badge, Level 1 goalkeeping badge and I am a qualified football referee. My most recent and important hobby/interest is spending time with my little lad and making the most of the time I have with him (and the wife of course).
Geoff Mountain
Process Manager

Hi I'm Geoff I have 2 fantastic kids and partner called Gill (who is a saint). After leaving school I went to Riseholme Agricultural College which seemed natural as I was from a farming background, after a few years I fancied a change of direction so I join Luxus in 1998. I started as a extruder operator and have worked my way up though the company to be Production Manager for compounding. My proudest work moment was receiving the 'Employee of the Year' award at the company's 50th Anniversary celebrations.
Malcolm Odlin
Purchasing Manager

I joined Luxus in 1991 following an earlier career in agricultural plant breeding with Nickerson Seeds. I have held various positions and I am now the Purchasing Manager. Away from work I enjoy being outdoors in my garden or going for long walks. I am a member of the RHS and NT. I try to keep fit, cycling to work when I can. I also have a passion for most things with an engine, in particular classic bikes, cars and tractors, as well as motor sports.
Kevin Paine
Shift Leader - Compounding

I am the weekend nightshift controller (joined Luxus in Sep 2004). I moved to Lincolnshire 12 years ago, which was a shock as I had never been North of Watford! I previously worked for 24 years with WH Smith. I am married with one daughter aged 8 and my favourite food is 'Pie and Mash ' from Chapel market London N1. My favourite place in the world is Mombasa and my least favourite is the M25. I have a passion for classic bikes and Jags.
Moira Pryor
Payroll and HR Officer

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Mike Selfridge
Weekend Laboratory Manager

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James Shaw
Shift Leader - Recycling

I have been with Luxus since 2001, starting as a machine operator. My current role is Day Shift Team Leader at Recycling since 2010. Over the years, I have seen many positive changes within the company and I am proud to have been a part of it. In my personal time, I go to archery and regularly compete at archery field shoots – I sometimes even come home with medals. I also enjoy woodturning and leatherwork. My wife and I like to travel and my favourite destination that I seem to keep revisiting is Scotland!
Graham Stephenson
Development Technician

I have worked at Luxus now for over 25 years, in that time I have gained a great deal of knowledge in polymers and recycled processing, working in the Technical Centre for over 22 years. I enjoy my role as development technician, constantly learning still and love colourmatch challenges. My favourite coffee maker is Adie Brown. My passion is motorcycle road racing and photography and have had articles and photographs published many times in the past years. I would love to go back to the Maldives one day where I spent my honeymoon, it’s just as good as it looks on TV. Hate cheese.
Natalie Stones
Project Technical Lead

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Simon Thompson
Quality Manager

After finishing University, I Started my life at Luxus as part of the Luxus Academy – An initiative set up to support and encourage people fresh out of Uni. For the first year and a half I worked in the Lab creating Recipes and performing the End of line quality checks on our compounds. I learnt a great deal in this time about the various polymers and got to understand the processes that take part in the factory. My next role was in the purchasing department where I learnt about the recycled Polymer Market as a whole, getting a firm understanding of how our suppliers operator. Both of these roles provided a firm grounding when I was asked to become Quality Coordinator and subsequently Quality Manager. What do I like to do in my spare time? Anything outdoors based, I Sail, I Scout, I live! Favourite food? I do not take bribes (Outright) but can be tempted with anything made out of Chocolate!
Shaun Watts
Sales Ledger Clerk

Gemma Webster
Factory Manager – Compounding

I joined Luxus via the Graduate Academy program in Oct 2011 after completing my BA (hons) degree in Business Management. I have been privileged to work and train across various departments such as, technical centre/ Lab, Sales, HR, production planning and purchasing & Stores to gain an in depth knowledge of the company and market sector. In January 2014 I started my full time role as Logistics Manager controlling all transport movements, storage and material flow for both raw material and finished products within the business. I look forward to the expanding future of Luxus and will continue to contribute and grow within (its nurturing arm ) it. I enjoy pina coladas and dancing in the rain! Gym, Swim.... fave place Luxus
Richard Whyatt
Manufacturing Manager

I started at Luxus Ltd in 2009 as a Production Team Leader, but quickly progressed to the Recycling Production Manager. I previously worked in the automotive industry where I gained a lot of experience in Lean Manufacturing processes and I try to implement these to continuously improve our business here at Luxus. This may also explain my love of F1 where even the smallest of improvements are key. Outside of work, my wife Fiona and I have two wonderful children and I enjoy computing, caravanning (sorry for the delays!) and BBQ cooking but I do my best to avoid any decorating or shopping trips.
Nikki Wigham
Sales Executive

Almost 20 years ago after leaving University with a degree in French and history I started working in the Sales Department at Luxus whilst I decided what I wanted to do with my life and am still here! Out of work I have a lively 9 year old minecraft obsessed son and an even livelier 2 year old black lab which keeps me busy. Of course there is always time to fit in “sophisticated” wine evenings with good friends.
Mark Wrisdale
Logistics Manager

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