Ultromex metal recycling technology wins 2014 Merseyside Innovation Award

Ultromex founder Jonathan Quinn with the 2014 judging panel of the MIA (Foto: Kenyon Fraser)

Liverpool, Uk — Elements like gold, tin, lead, aluminium and platinum group metals are often locked away in circuit boards, LED TVs and production waste streams sometimes lost to the market or landfilled. Using unique industrial chemical processes and novel economic technologies, Ultromex is able to recover those metals to allow them to be resold and reused. Ultromex´ patented process technologies are specialised in the recovery of high value metals from waste streams such as electronic equipment, auto components and industrial residues and provide a more cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to energy and carbon intensive smelting processes.

2014 the Merseyside Innovation Awards recognised the potential of Ultromex’s work and earned them a place in the final of the contest. The event gave the company a platform for its processes and further increased the already significant interest in its innovative recycling solutions. “For me the most important thing is that our companies invent sustainable technologies, reducing carbon emissions, export of wastes and landfill & creating jobs and local infrastructure, thereby leaving a legacy for my children so they grow up in a cleaner world,” said Ultromex founder Jonathan Quinn, who last week visited Downing Street and met with Chancellor of the Exchequer  George Osborne at a meeting for entrepreneurs leading the way in Northern businesses. The meeting supported the government’s objective of creating a “northern powerhouse of jobs, investment, prosperity and bright futures“.

“There is a balance that needs to be struck between industry and the environment,” Jonathan Quinn explained. “We are applying our expertise in order to develop recycling processes which are environmentally sustainable as well as being more cost-effective and energy-efficient than traditional smelting processes. Our technologies enable recyclers to process materials locally instead of exporting them abroad with the associated huge transportation costs and large carbon footprint.“

And he added: “Reaching the final of the Merseyside Innovation Awards was a fantastic achievement for Ultromex because it enabled us to tell a wider audience about our work and it has led to a number of great opportunities. The MIA made more people aware of the importance of our innovative technologies and I would recommend that anyone who has an innovative business or product should enter the awards. It was a great experience for us.”

The Merseyside Innovation Awards is now accepting entries for 2015. The final deadline to enter is May 15. The overall winner will get £10,000 cash with the runners up given the chance to access specialist business support worth up to £2,000. The final will take place on July 9 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Liverpool. For all the latest updates or to enter visit merseysideinnovationawards.co.uk.

Source: The Merseyside Innovation Awards