We are 100% UK owned but with a multi-million pound, international business model; who work with many different technical and safety specifications in many different countries.
Prior to setting up Ecosurface, the owners had previous experience in the industry that highlighted that much of the rubber mulch around at that time was failing to perform. This was the result of materials being derived from waste streams; produced by waste companies that had no interest in its end-use, and the installers had no way of controlling the spec of the materials they were being given.
Chris Moore & Nigel Walton saw there was room in the industry for a professional-grade material; and therefore moved the focus away from finding a way to sell waste material, instead focussing on the requirements of the surface once it was installed and the jobs and functions it should perform.
So working backwards from the installed surface; a supply chain was developed that would specifically create material for this purpose, so although it is still a recycled product with all of its environmental claims Ecosurface now specifically manufacture our range of products for this use; and to date, we are still the only people in this industry with this approach. That’s why, although you may not know our company name you will find that we install our material for specifiers in schools, councils and others where safety and performance must be consistent; in addition to being the material suppliers to many different professional installation companies who rely on their reputation for their continued business.
Note that clients often take confidence in the knowledge that this is the only type of surfacing we work with and that we are responsible for 10s of 1000s of square meters every year and with our name on the warranty we must be getting it right!
About our factory
Unlike any other provider of rubber mulch, we have control over every aspect of the process; the factory covers a total area of 85,000 m2, with production halls covering 12,500 m2 and a waste tyre holding capacity of 12,000 m2 which leads to the annual processing capacity of 32,000 tonnes of used tyres. This will include tyres for passenger and off-road vehicles, vans and trucks, buses, tyres for agricultural machinery, tractors, forklifts, etc. However whilst there are many uses for most of the waste streams, the problem material is what is known as ‘solids’ – predominantly derived from fork Truck Tyres which is expensive to recover and so often goes to landfill. Ecosurface have 100% exclusive use of the solids processing facility and our sales of rubber mulch will utilise around 2500 tons per year. The client benefits from this huge, diverse, volume as we can consistently select the specific source material we wish to work with and not just shred whatever we may have which is the starting point of us being able to offer a meaningful warranty on our finished surfaces.
The factory ensures that nothing we handle enters a waste stream and once we have processed and filtered what we can use as rubber mulch, all other by-products are sold off for a variety of uses or used in house to produce an extended range of rubber-based products such as rubber tiles, edging & curbing, street furniture, bollards, etc.
The factory also boasts its own 1441 KW solar power plant that will result in a C02 reduction of 16835 tonnes over its operational life.
Also on site is a modern rubber compounding line which can produce various rubber materials such as NR, SBR, NBR, EPDM, CR, etc.
This is supported with certified development and control laboratories, in house tool manufacturing and a huge array of manufacturing capabilities including presses, extrusion, water cutting, bespoke and mass production gasket and wheel processing capabilities and a large rubber Vulcanisation vessel.
This makes us active in multiple industries worldwide, however, we can also still produce a single bespoke gasket to order if needed.