Enval, one of the spin-out companies from this department and now a leader in recycling and environmental technologies, has just announced it has opened a new engineering site in Luton. The new site will allow Enval to expand operations from its Headquarters in Cambridge and continue development of its patented material recovery process.
Enval originally developed from the work of Dr Carlos Ludlow-Palafox and Professor Howard Chase at the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Cambridge. Dr Ludlow-Palafox is currently Acting Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer and Prof Chase is Research and Development Director. The initial investment which led to the formation of Enval Limited in 2005 came from Cambridge Enterprise Seed Funds.
Enval's new technology separates the aluminium from laminates in packaging such as drink cartons, food pouches and toothpaste tubes so that this valuable commodity can be recycled.
This type of packaging is widely used but the absence of a recycling process for them is a major drawback and is creating an increasing landfill problem.
"Now though, thanks to Enval, a solution is at hand and the opening of Enval's engineering site in Luton is a clear demonstration of the commercial appetite that exists for the enabling technologies and services that we can offer" said Martin Lamb, Enval's Chairman.