MDF Recovery wins TTJ Innovation Award

October 06, 2017

MDF Recovery has won the Timber Trades Journal Innovation Award – Innovative Product Development 2017.

The company’s Co-Founder and Managing Director received the prestigious industry award in front of 450 people at the TTJ Awards, held at The Brewery in the City of London.

Craig was presented with his award by BBC Breakfast Business Reporter Steph McGovern.

MDF Recovery’s technology offers a commercially viable process to recover wood fibre from used or off-cuts of MDF. It is the first ever alternative to landfilling or incinerating MDF and allows recovered fibres to be reintegrated into fibreboard production or used for the manufacture of high quality thermal insulation products.

Craig said: “I am delighted that MDF Recovery’s world-first technology has been recognised with such a highly regarded industry honour.

“It is particularly pleasing to have won the award for the most innovative product development of the last 12 months.

“The response we have had to our technology from the MDF industry around the world as well as from the likes of major retail groups tells us that we have created a solution to a global issue.

“MDF manufacturers face unprecedented increases in cost of raw materials as use of biomass for energy generation increases, in some cases this is extending to threaten security of supply as well. Recycling waste MDF would alleviate these pressures.

“The retail sector is heavily reliant on MDF for shop fittings and in-store furnishes. It is one of the few remaining barriers to the achievement of 100% recycling rates in an industry that is often the lead in driving forward sustainability initiatives. With such prominent CSR programmes in the public domain, it is no longer acceptable to rely on the “no waste to landfill” mantra.”

SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK invested £250,000 in MDF Recovery earlier this year with additional support coming from Innovate UK and a group of committed angel investors including Jonathan Grant, owner of the W Howard Group, the UK’s leading manufacturer of MDF profiles.

The Timber Trades Journal (TTJ) has been the definitive publication for the timber industry since 1873.

Among other winners was Geoff Rhodes, a member of MDF Recovery’s Advisory Board, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

To see the full list of winners visit the TTJ website.