A Mirfield firm has struck gold for going green.
SS Components Ltd has won a gold category Green Apple Environment Award in the national campaign to find Britain’s greenest companies, councils and communities.
The firm, which supplies second-hand vehicle components such as brake calipers, starter motors and alternators to the re-manufacturing industry, competed against more than 500 other entrants in the Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice.
The company received the trophy and certificate at a ceremony at the Houses of Parliament.
As a result of the award, SS Components Ltd had been invited to have its winning paper published in The Green Book, the leading international work of reference on environmental best practice, so that others around the world can follow their example and learn from their achievement.
The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and are established as the leading award for environmental endeavour among companies, councils, communities and countries.
They are organised by The Green Organisation, an independent, non-political, non-activist, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world.
The Green Apple Awards are supported by the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management and other independent bodies.
SS Components reclaims between 60.000 and 70,000 tonnes of vehicle components every month. These components are packed, palletised and distributed to the remanufacturing industries globally.
John Smith started trading as a vehicle dismantler, SS Motor Spares, in 1974. After some 25 years he changed direction and SS Components was incorporated in 1998. His original enterprise was launched on a budget of £5 and from that moment on has grown into a multi-million pound turnover business.
SS Components provides core components for re-manufacturers and exports to developing countries.
Core components are vehicle parts that are removed from end of life or redundant vehicles. The parts are completely re-worked and boxed for sale as a remanufactured unit which is sold complete with a full warranty. Remanufactured components can cost 50% to 70% less than buying brand new ones.
Based on its annual sales, SS Components Ltd estimates it saves some 800,000 tonnes of new steel and aluminium having to be cast to form components.
The export side of our business consists of vehicle dismantling. Vehicles are processed through the firm’s environmentally friendly dismantling bay – undergoing a de-pollution process to drain fluids and remove parts such as batteries, fuel, oil filters, engine and gearbox oil, coolants, washer fluid, brake fluid, wheels and tyres.
Vehicles are stored on an impermeable surface until they are completely de-polluted. The process is strictly governed by The Environment Agency.
Once the vehicle is de-polluted it can then have parts removed. The company exports components to customers in countries including Dubai, Nigeria, Angola, and Pakistan.