Blow me down – a green machine!

PUBLISHED: 15:54 28 July 2006 | UPDATED: 10:45 01 June 2010

A WISBECH company has become one of the first in the country to develop a revolutionary new system to help others go green. Priden Engineering Ltd has spent almost a year perfecting its new wood chip blower system. The system is used to discharge wood chi

A WISBECH company has become one of the first in the country to develop a revolutionary new system to help others go green.

Priden Engineering Ltd has spent almost a year perfecting its new wood chip blower system.

The system is used to discharge wood chip, from a lorry direct into buildings. The blower system is so fast it can move about a tonne of wood chip in only four minutes.

It means companies, such as chicken farmers, which use the wood chip as pet bedding, no longer need to spend precious time and money physically moving the bedding by hand or with small machinery.

The government is now actively encouraging industry through grants, to convert to renewable fuel energy and the demand for wood chip is on the increase.

Priden, which employs about 60 people, has developed its blower-system so it can be used on anything from large transport lorries, to small farm trailer units.

Andy Fordham, pneumatics manager at the company, based in Algores Way, said: "This is the only one of its kind in the country. We started looking at it a year ago when we were approached by a firm, who wanted to see if we could develop a system for them to speed up the process of moving the wood chip from the lorry into their buildings, without the need to unload it first in the yard then move it manually into the sheds."

The system has proved so successful the company, established in 1988 and has a turnover of £6million, has already secured a string of orders.

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