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MRT Castings is delighted to announce that it has joined forces with its Carbon Partner Auditel and is now on the road to becoming Verified Carbon Neutral and delivering on its long-term strategic objective of reaching Net Zero.

Managing Director, Phil Rawnson comments, “MRT Castings are a leading UK manufacturer of aluminium diecastings and machined components. As a third generation family business, with 75 years of history, securing a sustainable future has always been a key driver for our business.  MRT supplies critical components to OEMs and hi-tec businesses throughout the UK, Europe and North America.

We have invested heavily in the latest manufacturing technology, and in 2020 opened a purpose built new foundry alongside our existing manufacturing facilities in Andover, Hampshire. We have been ISO 14001 certified for many years, but we’re now committed to driving our sustainability goals more aggressively towards the challenge of Net Zero.”

Drivers to Net Zero

Phil Continues. “Operating a diecasting foundry is inherently energy intensive, so whilst we can always seek to optimise our process to use energy more efficiently, we will also need to develop technical solutions to finding low carbon alternatives to our existing methods.

As our customers begin their own journey’s towards Net-Zero, and start to look at the contribution of their supply chains, MRT are determined to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem.  We are already working closely with industry partners to accelerate development of sustainable technologies, and to share best practice.

Working with Auditel will help us to develop a formal carbon reduction plan, with clear objectives and monitoring of progress, we will be able to focus and accelerate the efforts of our team and our partners to drive towards Net Zero, and in the process become a leader in the sustainability of the UK diecasting industry.”

Carbon Reduction Achievements

MRT have already made some significant inroads to the challenge of carbon reduction.  Their new foundry building, opened in 2020 features heat recovery from the compressors to heat the offices and washrooms, motion activated LED lighting, adiabatic cooling of process water without the need for refrigerants, and recuperative burners on our gas furnaces.

Their machines have been upgraded to improve efficiency of motors and control systems.  The layout of the facility also minimises waste of transport through the process.  They  have also begun to convert their company car fleet to electric vehicles.  They are already looking at the next wave of improvements, including installation of onsite renewable generation, and a comprehensive review of packaging and transport.