Booth Dispensers wins major environmental awards

Dispensers, the UK’s leading designer and manufacturer of innovative cooling systems for the vending, soft drinks and beer dispense sectors, has won two major awards for its environmental work.
The company, based in new headquarters in Lancashire, received honours for both its environmental improvements and water management in the Lancashire Environmental Awards.

The company’s pioneering design work, which uses aluminium castings to chill drinks in vending machines, has saved thousands of gallons of water a year.

Booth Dispensers also identified its significant use of water at the machine testing stage of production during its successful work to get the Environmental Management Standard ISO14001- 2004 – and set its research and development team on the task of cutting consumption.

They came up with the idea to replace water as the chiller system’s heat transfer medium and developed new heat exchange designs using aluminium castings – one of the biggest design changes in 30 years in the sector.

The result is an 80% reduction in water use at Booth, and chiller systems that use less water, require less maintenance and use more recyclable materials in their construction.

Peter Bright, Quality and Environmental Manager at Booth, is delighted at the awards – and believes the water minimisation project shows once again that the firm’s research and development team is at the cutting edge of the industry.

He said: “Research and development is very much at the heart of this business. It is what helps give us such a competitive edge.

“We set the team this task and they showed the initiative and commitment to overcome a number of challenges to produce a solution that is both innovative and environmentally friendly.”

Managing Director Phil Elliott added: “It is fantastic to see that their hard work has been officially recognised and we are already moving forward once again and looking for ways to minimise our water usage even further.

“We also look forward to working with the award organisers, the Lancashire Business Environment Association, in the future on new challenges.”