UK firm Entec International is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and pays tribute to 300 years of combined service from 20 of the longest serving members of staff.
The West Midlands based business was created from an opportunity to source, procure and consolidate parts for a manufacturing company in the Middle East. Today it provides specialised 3PMRO (3rd party maintenance, repair & operations) services worldwide.
The Entec teams of sourcing, procurement and logistics specialists manage the daily production and packaging equipment spares need for a range of global brand clients, with manufacturing operations in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific. Entec procurement and supply chain management service ensures their FMCG, Beverage, Mining and Minerals, facilities are maintained at best cost and optimal performance.
Mike Robinson and Chris Syner, who started the business around Chris’ kitchen table in 1989, recall that in the first year of trading the company turned over £27,000 and made a profit of £489. 30 years later, Entec is a fast-growing export business with a multimillion-pound turnover and a footprint on several continents.
Following best-ever results for 2018, the first half of 2019 figures indicate another record-breaking year, following new contracts in a sector requiring the same 3PMRO service Entec delivers to its FMCG clients, but on a larger scale. This year the company has also increased trade with longstanding customers in the established regions of Africa and the Middle East.
According to Mike Robinson, 2020 will bring the Americas into Entec’s supply portfolio as an existing client introduces the 3PMRO service to more of their global operations.
“Over the decades we have invested in our ICT and communications technology, recognising that our value proposition needs to extend further each year if we are to stay engaged with global businesses over the long term,” he says. “Most of our client agreements renew annually, some are 25 years old and innovation keeps each one of them fresh. We partner with all our customers to better understand their business language, operational challenges and ways of working; our service can be tailored to meet either a market or plant specific need.”
Chris Syner adds, “Our ‘300’ club celebrates the fact that our staff are what makes Entec great. Our clients can call upon a combined 300 years of experience covering a hugely diverse range of technical products, which are being shipped daily along some of the most complex supply chains in the world. In my view, their knowledge, expertise and commitment give Entec a unique advantage as we take on each new challenge and turn it into an opportunity. This is our chance to say thank you to them and to our clients for making our business a success over the last 30 years.”
Editors’ notes: List of names for the 300 club photo and years’ service
Left to right - Years of service
Michael Nicholas 12
Leanne Byng 10
Allan Gechie 16
Claudia Spooner 18
Ben Walters 16
Christine Brearley 26
Gemma Pickard 11
Mike Robinson 30
Chris Syner 30
Helen Evans 16
Caroline Haycock 16
Paul Carter 11
Kathryn Ratcliffe 11
Paul Cresswell 21
Gurjit Johal 10
Oliver Syner 10
Charlie Patterson 10
Missing on the day:
David Moore 14
Rachel Nicholas 13
Paul Garratt 11
Based in the UK, Entec International is one of the world’s leading authorities on MRO (Maintenance, Repair & Operations) and indirect spend management, offering a professionally managed single source, multiple supplier procurement process, with global reach.
Established over 25 years ago, Entec International have managed complex supply chains for some of the world’s largest manufacturers in over 70 different shipping destinations.
Entec’s client base includes customers in the food and beverage packaging industries, oil, gas production, textile processing and mining & minerals sectors.
During 2018 UK based MRO specialist Entec International stepped up its engagement with the UN Global Compact UNGC), moving from a signatory to ‘Active Member’ status.
As the world’s largest global corporate citizenship initiative, the Global Compact is concerned with demonstrating and building the social legitimacy of business and markets. Entec joined this voluntary initiative in 2016, also supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year, the company has increased its commitment and joined the UNGC Network UK, as CEO Mike Robinson explains.
“Entec understands that corporate sustainability starts with our company value system and having a principled approach to doing business. This means operating in ways that, at a minimum, meet our fundamental responsibilities in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.
By incorporating the Global Compact principles into our strategies, policies and procedures, and by establishing a culture of integrity with our staff, Entec companies are not only upholding their basic responsibilities to the people we interact with and our environment, we are setting out to ensure we deliver compliant long-term success.”
A key example is the zero plastic policy implemented throughout the company’s main Birmingham-based warehouse, where all plastic packaging from incoming products is now stripped out and replaced with biodegradable alternatives before shipping overseas to clients.
Chris Syner, Managing Director says, “We have been doing business in Africa for almost 30 years, most of the plastic pollution we see originates from outside the continent, so we felt that removing this plastic from our shipments was something we could do that was both ethically and environmentally responsible and also puts something back into a continent in which we’ve built a very successful business.”
By being a UNGC Network member, Entec is already contributing to support and apply some of the UN SDG’s throughout its organization and is encouraging its partners to engage too. Further initiatives are planned in line with Entec’s commitment to the UNCG Network in 2019.
The UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles
The UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles are derived from: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.
More information at: https://www.unglobalcompact.org/what-is-gc
Leading MRO logistics specialist Entec International has implemented a zero plastic packaging policy at its Midlands based warehouse in Halesowen, stripping out all plastic packaging from incoming products and replacing with biodegradable alternatives before shipping overseas to clients.
A high percentage of the firm’s business serving blue-chip companies is conducted in Africa, which according to Pollution & Waste Management magazine, has the ‘dubious honour of being the second most polluted continent on the planet’, largely due to inadequate waste management infrastructure.
Consequently, Entec International has embraced this year’s World Environment Day theme of ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ and committed to remove and recycle all plastic waste from incoming packaging. The company has invested in new biodegradable shrink wrapping and box shredding machinery to enable shredded cardboard to replace the plastic packing around products.
Managing director of Entec, Chris Syner comments, “We have been doing business in Africa for almost 30 years and most of the plastic pollution comes from outside the continent, so we felt that this was something we could do that is ethically and environmentally responsible in any case, but that also puts something back into a continent in which we’ve built a very successful business.”
He adds, “In our first month, we have removed and recycled 8.5 CBM of assorted plastic waste that serves no purpose other than to fill a void in a package and protect the enclosed parts. Over a year, we will be removing the equivalent of 3.65 20ft shipping containers of plastic pollution – over five years, 18.25 containers. Apart from investment in new machinery and recycling, the cost to us is time, effort and energy, which we all deem well worth it!”
Eighty percent of the continent’s GDP is concentrated in just 11 African countries, including Nigeria and Ghana, where Entec operate – all of which are have prominent coastlines and rivers likely to transport a large quantity of land-based waste, including plastic pollution, as they make their way to the ocean.
While cardboard biodegrades in 8 weeks, Styrofoam takes 60 years with some types of plastic taking between 400 – 10,000 years.
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