1/16/2019

Cooperation across parallels of latitude

Once a year, a few of our technicians – Robert, Torbjörn and Andreas – travel from Trioplast to New Zealand. They travel in December, when it is darkest in Sweden and some days later they get off the plane in summer on the other side of the world. But they are not on holiday, there are weeks of hard work in front of them and not much time over to explore New Zealand.

"Having development partners in New Zealand means that we gain an extra season for our field tests – a season that shortens our development period by about one year,” says Torbjörn Runesson, Development Engineer at Trioplast. 

The reason is that New Zealand’s summer provides scope for more field tests in addition to those we have time for in the summer period in our latitudes. The field tests, as the term suggests, are carried out in fields at Trioplast’s partners around the world. The field tests concern the further development of existing products to be even better, as well as testing new innovative products and solutions.

One of Trioplast’s partners in New Zealand is Slattery Contracting. The company’s owner, Helen Slattery, feels the collaboration is valuable for both parties. 

“Knowledge is power,” she says and adds that Trioplast possesses a considerable amount of it. And Helen considers that knowledge is also crucial for developing Slattery Contracting’s business. Far away, but still close Slattery Contracting, which has collaborated with Trioplast since the early 1990s, are more than satisfied with the partnership and the products, which she considers are the best on the market. “The only negative aspect that I can think of is that we are so far away from each other in a purely geographical sense.” Yet despite the distance and time difference, Helen considers that the support from Trioplast works very well.

1,800 tons of plastic recycled every year
Helen Slattery commits 100% energy to everything she does. This applies whether it concerns improvements in the sector she works in, a safer work environment or active sustainability work.

Her driving force to change things for the better led to Slattery Contracting becoming involved in the start up of the Plasback recycling system about ten years ago. 

Plasback makes it possible for farmers to recycle the plastic wrapping around silage bales instead of burning or burying it, which has often been the case before. 

“I want my children to grow up in a sustainable society where material is recycled and used again – simply a circular system. In the first year of Plasback, we recycled around nine tons of plastic. Now, we collect about 1,800 tons every year and the volumes are still increasing. There is no doubt that the farmers see the value of the Plasback recycling system, and it is gratifying to see more of them are joining the system,” concludes Helen.