After 7 years at Geminor’s offices in Staffordshire, England, Oliver Caunce has been appointed new Country Manager for the company’s operations in the UK. “In the time to come we will be working to consolidate our business and market position with a focus on both domestic supply and export of secondary fuels to Europe and Scandinavia,” says Country Manager Oliver Caunce.
Oliver Caunce started his Geminor career as Account and Development Manager back in 2015, and has since worked both with operational management duties and as head of Technical Team and handling of TFS services. After over 7 years in the company, and a total of 16 years in the industry, Caunce will now be leading Geminor’s operations in the UK.
“The resource management industry in the UK is in a very different phase now than when I started at Geminor. The industry is much more mature, with more domestic WtE facilities and recycling services, more diverse fractions, new regulations, and a bigger demand both for export and import of waste products to the UK,” says Caunce.
“In addition, the market is more competitive and there is more awareness in regards to the industry player’s role in the market. These are all important factors in the running of waste management companies in the UK today,” Caunce continues.
Consolidating position as top exporter
After 10 years in the UK, Geminor has grown to become the biggest UK exporter of secondary fuels such as refuse-derived fuel (RDF) and solid recovered fuel (SRF) to the Nordics and the EU markets. From August -21 to September 2022, the company exported more than 231,000 tonnes of RDF, which is close to 15% of the total UK market.
Geminor has recently expanded its domestic presence by signing several new contracts with UK municipalities and industry players, the latest being a cooperation for the supply of secondary fuels to Fortum’s South Clyde facility close to Glasgow.
“Securing new partners in the UK market is an important part of Geminor Group development, and we now have a good domestic platform for consolidating our business. The treatment and handling of RDF, SRF, waste wood chips, and other biomaterials is central, but we will also be expanding within chemical and mechanical recycling of plastics,” says Caunce.
Currently, there is more capacity than supply in the market, leading to increased demand for export to the EU. Dealing with a demanding market situation will be an important part of the Country Manager position, explains Caunce.
“My primary task will be to secure our position with a focus on both domestic supply and export of secondary fuels in the time to come. Network, relationships and hard work are key elements in the job that lies ahead,” concludes the new Country Manager at Geminor UK, Oliver Caunce.