Morgan Technical Ceramics Receives Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Achievement for Zero-Discharge Metal Finishing Process


Morgan Technical Ceramics (MTC) announced that its Hayward, California manufacturing site has received a Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Achievement from the California Water Environmental Association (CWEA) Pretreatment, Pollution Prevention and Stormwater (P3S) Awards Subcommittee. The award was presented at the CWEA's annual meeting, which took place on February 28th, as part of the 38th Annual P3S Training Conference and Exhibition, at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, California. MTC was nominated for the award by the City of Hayward Department of Public Works for achieving zero discharge of process water. It is one of only three companies in Northern California to be recognized by the CWEA.

MTC's Hayward site manufactures ceramics used for mechanical and electrical applications, high purity precious and semi-precious brazing materials and ceramic-to-metal brazed assembles. The company's products are made to customer specifications and widely used in the medical, aerospace and electronics industries.

The facility's zero-discharge metal plating process reduces the amount of water discharged to the city's overburdened sanitary sewer system. Process water from production equipment, for example spray dryers and vibratory mills, is treated by electro-coagulation and used for make-up water in the cooling tower for ceramic manufacturing. Only a small amount of sanitary water is not reused. In addition to reducing the amount of water discharged to sewers, recycling the water to the cooling tower has resulted in a reduction in water usage of at least 150,000 gallons per year, a considerable cost savings for the company.

"We are delighted to be singled out for recognition for our efforts, which are part of our commitment to adopting waste minimization and waste reduction practices," said Mike Wentzel, director of environment, health & safety for Morgan Ceramics - North America. "The company is certified as an ISO 14001 company and is continually investigating ways it can reduce its environmental impacts."

CWEA's P3S Committee promotes professional and technical excellence in the field of water pollution source control through education and training. The Facility of the Year Awards are intended to recognize outstanding and innovative solutions in multimedia waste management. The P3S Committee seeks industrial users who have demonstrated a commitment to wastewater and waste management excellence as demonstrated by their management practices, operating procedures, process choices and community involvement. The Committee drew from more than 4000 potential industrial facilities.

For further information, please contact:

Kristin Nugent, (617) 367-0100, ext. 148

kristin.nugent@mgr1.com

Lorraine Henry, Tel +44 (0)1299 872217

lorraine.henry@morganplc.com

About Morgan Technical Ceramics

Morgan Technical Ceramics manufactures components and sub-assemblies using an extensive range of materials, including structural and piezoelectric ceramics, dielectrics, braze alloys, and specialist coatings. It works with manufacturers' design and R&D teams at the local, national and international level on projects from concept and feasibility studies through prototype development to full production. The business employs some 2,500 people and has 23 manufacturing sites worldwide across Europe, the US, Mexico, China and Australia.

Morgan Technical Ceramics is a business within the Morgan Ceramics Division of The Morgan Crucible Company plc, one of the world's leading advanced materials companies. The company specializes in the design, manufacture and marketing of ceramic and carbon products which are used in a wide range of applications, from transport and telecommunications to fire protection and medical instruments. Morgan Crucible is listed on the London Stock Exchange in the engineering sector.

For more information on Morgan Technical Ceramics visit
www.morgantechnicalceramics.com or contact one of our sales offices below:

Europe

Morgan Technical Ceramics, Bewdley Road, Stourport, Worcestershire, DY13 8QR.
Tel +44 (0)1299 872210 Fax +44 (0)1299 872218
Email mtcuksales@morganplc.com

North America

Morgan Technical Ceramics, 26 Madison Road, Fairfield, NJ 07004, USA

Tel +1 800 433 0638 Fax: +1 973 227 7135

Email mtcussales@morganplc.com

Asia

Morgan Technical Ceramics, Dingshu Town, Yixing City 214221, Jiangsu Province, P.R. China

Tel +86 21 59 90 61 39 Fax +86 21 59 90 61 27

Email mtccnsales@morganplc.com

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