Core’s manufacturing partner, Marshall-Tufflex, drives the move to put plastic recycling at the heart of cable management specifications

We support Marshall-Tufflex in their initiative to call on specifiers and contractors to join us in driving up the sector’s eco credentials by integrating plastic recycling to their specifications. Join the movement by specifying and installing PVC-U trunking solutions with a minimum content of 50% recycled plastic – and say no to single use plastics!

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Calling on the electrical industry to put plastic recycling at the heart of cable management specifications

Marshall-Tufflex, Core’s PVC-u and aluminium cable management manufacturing partner, wants to put plastic recycling at the heart of specification and purchasing decisions. This comes in an effort to divert the amount of waste plastic going to landfill and ease demand for oil-rich virgin PVC.

In essence, Marshall-Tufflex’s ultimate goal is for all PVC-U cable management specifications to state that systems should be manufactured from a minimum of 50% recycled plastic. Core supports the manufacturer on the Irish and Northern Ireland markets.
With this intention, we encourage our customers, from architects right through to end-user clients, to start making more informed decisions when selecting, buying, installing and using PVC-U trunking systems. Only if the whole plastics cable management industry joins us in this initiative, can we reduce reliance on single use plastics and recycle as much as possible.

Mr Paul Hetherington, CEO of Marshall-Tufflex, explained: “We hope our drive to encourage the market to use products with a high recycled PVC content will encourage other manufacturers to up their recycling and reuse efforts. At the moment we stop the equivalent in weight of 300 double decker buses of PVC-U going to landfill each year. If more cable management producers joined us we could double or treble that amount, which would make a terrific impact on the environmental performance of our sector and really contribute towards a circular economy,”.

Over 20 years of plastic recycling

It is important to point out this operation does not come from nowhere. In fact, Marshall-Tufflex (MT) has used recycled plastics in its market-leading solutions for over 20 years. Besides the high quality of the material they use is one of the reasons the company leads the industry.
Due to investing in advanced technology, the manufacturer has been able to push the recycled content in all its manufactured PVC-U products to 80%*.

All together, MT produces more than 16 million metres of PVC-U cable management annually in their manufacturing plant in Hastings, East Sussex. They have worked closely with recycling partners from the window fabrication industry to secure high grade recycled plastic (manufacturing off-cuts are re-chipped for recycling).

Because it is window grade, the raw material is stronger and more robust than virgin extrusion grade PVC-U cable management material.

Mr Hetherington continued: “We have worked closely with our recycling partners over the past few years to produce a sustainable, recycled material ideal for manufacturing cable management products. Consequently, our focus has been on quality and testing to maximise the recycled content which also improves the quality of our products. It’s a programme that has worked extremely well and so we are very proud to now be using such high levels of recycled material.


*Latest annual statistics for May 2017 to April 2018

Core Electrical have been Marshall-Tufflex’s distribution partner in Ireland and Northern Ireland for 40 years. Find out more about our PVC-U and aluminium cable management solutions.

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