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News brief August 2003

* BIR Oslo attendance
In the June issue of Recycling International, we indicated that 450 delegates had attended the most recent BIR Convention in Oslo, Norway. The BIR secretariat has pointed out that, in actual fact, the event attracted more than 600 BIR delegates plus around 250 accompanying persons.

* O.Kay and LM form OKLM
O. Kay Engineering of Leicestershire, U.K., has joined forces with its German partner Ludden + Mennekes (LM) to form a new company. The joint venture – OKLM Recycling Technology Ltd – has been created to allow the two companies to co-supply large-scale recycling and composting plants to U.K. customers from under a single roof. Although a 50:50 subsidiary of O.Kay and LM, OKLM is backed by LM’s giant European operation; O.Kay’€™s own plant in Leicestershire will also manufacture for OKLM and will serve customers both as an English-speaking contact company and a rapid-response technical support team. According to the company, it will now be able to meet any level of demand resulting from the anticipated investment and technological revolution in the U.K. waste industry as European recovery targets start to take effect.
OKLM’€™s early successes as an independent company include orders for a £1.1 million paper auto-sorting plant and for a £4.0 million automated MRF. Both will be operational in 2004.

* Niton receives R&D 100 award
Niton LLC, a leading manufacturer of portable X-ray fluorescence (XRF) alloy analysers, has once again been awarded the prestigious U.S. R&D 100 Award for technological innovation. The R&D 100 Awards Committee announced in July that Niton’€™s new XLt and XLi Infiniton metals analysers will be sharing an award for being among the 100 most technologically significant products of 2003. This is Niton’€™s second R&D 100 award; the firm was similarly recognised in 1995 for its XL-300 Series lead paint analyser, described as the first-ever full-function, hand-held XRF instrument.

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