Sackers has seen impressive growth of 77% in international trade since 2016, that’s averaging 21% year on year.
Sackers is expert in processing scrap metal and sorting it into purer groups within ferrous and non-ferrous categories. The goods are sold for recycling to manufacturers. Their international sales are made up mainly outside of the EU; India, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong with a small amount going to Spain and Belgium.
The business attributes this success to having invested £3million in 2008 in one of the only metal shredders of its’ size in the region which is able to process large items of metal like aircraft and cars. This makes them different from other metal buyers in the region and able to sell to the end-user, of which the majority are international.
Ten years later, in 2018 they also invested £1m on a cable granulator to accommodate the zero-waste policy in China, so now the metal such as copper is exported in the purest form.
The placement of Sackers near the A14 and Felixstowe makes it an ideal exporting business and they also set up their own shipping department to allow for control over their cargo which in turn offered better prices for customers, flexibility and responsiveness.
Joint MD David Dodds said: “We’ve been exporting for about 20 years and initially it was small scale but it became a priority for us when the steelworks slowly shut down in the UK and our markets moved abroad.
“This meant we had to start exporting on a bigger scale. It gained momentum pretty quickly and growth was quite exciting. As the international markets change, we adapt. China is the obvious one with its zero-waste policy, we identified that early on so invested to give us a competitive edge. It helps that we have our own shipping department too, for flexibility and cost efficiencies. We are also exploring new international markets and technology to keep us well ahead of the game.”
MD Adrian Dodds added: “Equipment is the key to our success. We have made some big investments over the years and we are always reviewing new machinery and technology that will recover and sort as much material as possible.
“It usually involves a lot of travelling but it’s worth it because in this market we can’t stand still and we have to invest not only to have that competitive edge to grow but to adapt to legislation and requirements. Even with our commercial waste, the equipment we have invested in allows us to recycle 92% of it and divert it from landfill.”