Mr Bernard FAVORY, IPAQ SA Executive Officer :

Bernard FAVORY has been involved in the recycling industry for almost 30 years. He is IPAQ’s Executive Officer and promoter. Alongside his professional duties, he was also the President of Cyclem, the national union for the glass recycling industry, the President and promoter of the Glass Section of the BIR (Bureau of International Recycling) and FERVER (European Federation for the Glass Recycling Industry). Since 1998 Bernard FAVORY has been the President of FORMAREC, the FEDEREC (National Union for the Recovery, Recycling and Valorization Industries) training programme, for he finds it important to prepare now tomorrow’s recycling industry leaders.  

-      In which terms would you describe IPAQ as a unique company ?  

IPAQ has been one in a very few companies in the recycling industry to hire a large majority of female workers (95%). In the beginning, we chose to do so because of our lack of equipment and we needed abilities which are considered as typically feminine. We would sort glass and waste manually, and we needed operators with great finger dexterity and concentration. We naturally chose to hire women. With better technologies and equipment, the operators worked in better conditions and they gradually became quality control operators, team managers, loader drivers, plant managers… Our criteria have not changed since, as the latest recruiting campaign for IPAQ Béziers shows. There are 14 positions, and we recruited 14 women.

      Could you tell us more about your brand new plant in Béziers?  

We decided to set up the new plant in Béziers, within the O-I (Owens-Illinois) site because it was the only furnace which was not supplied with cullet by a glass recycling plant. This caused important transport costs. The new IPAQ plant which will be inaugurated in June has a number of particularities. Cullet (recycled glass) will be delivered straight to O-I’s silos on a conveyor belt. We don’t need a truck anymore to deliver it: this is unique in Europe . Furthermore, the new plant is equipped with a dry-process rotary kiln for the glass powder, and this equipment is also unique in the glass industry. The kiln will eliminate moisture and all organic residues that otherwise would give off carbon dioxide in the furnaces. O-I should incorporate some glass powder into the burden together with cullet. The glass powder will also be provided to a glass wool company.

      Have you tried to run the new facilities yet?  

Yes we have. We started on May 15th and the results of the tests are really good, especially in terms of quality.

      What is the estimated local container glass pool for IPAQ Béziers ?  

We estimate that about 60 000 to 80 000 tons of raw container glass will be collected in Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur and Languedoc Roussillon each year. We wish to have it developed substantially.
-      Will you have IPAQ Béziers certified with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards like the two other
          plants ?

Of course. We plan to have the plant certified with the ISO 14001 (Environment Management System) standard in June 2009 at the most. It will be soon followed by the ISO 9001 (Quality Management System) certification. Besides, we are in contact with Béziers metropolitan community to make our plant an industrial place of interest to be visited.  

-       What are IPAQ’s next challenges to come?  

Our 2009 targets deal with IPAQ Lavilledieu : we are planning to equip the plant with the latest technologies to make it even more efficient. In 2010, we should re-build IPAQ Izon to get a total processing capacity of 160 000 tons up to more than 300 000 tons per year. Furthermore, we should equip with colour sorting machines. I also have another project about setting up a glass powder crushing unit…

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