Director feels chipper after a tree-mendous award win
A FIRST-TIME exhibitor at the Royal Welsh Show is celebrating after coming home with an award.
Biomass Equipment, run from headquarters in Neath, was presented with a bronze medal after taking third place in the category for forestry machinery stands.
The business is just 18 months old and employs a staff of nine from its base on the Milland Road Industrial Estate.
It had never held an exhibition stand at the Royal Welsh Show before, but following the success of this year's appearance, managing director Sean Reilly said he was definitely looking at returning with a larger stand at the 2011 event.
He said: "We act as a distributor for equipment for processing waste wood and waste for forestry sectors.
"We supply machinery to reprocess that into a value added product.
"At the Royal Welsh Show we were focusing on landowners turning their woodland that is not productive at the moment into biomass wood chips for use in power stations, or their own biomass boilers to power their homes."
Mr Reilly spent six years in the middle east in locations such as Saudi Arabia, Oman and Dubai, running the equipment operation of Almarai, the world's largest dairy farming company.
He returned to the UK about ten years ago and also runs Recycling Solutions, which deals with municipal waste, and Reilly Engineering Services, which provides maintenance and servicing for equipment within the waste industries.
He said: "We set Biomass Engineering up as a separate company, so everything that we do there is to do with green and renewable energy equipment for those industries.
"We are building a sales team and we have been lucky to secure distribution rights for the whole of Europe for key product lines.
"We picked the Royal Welsh Show because we are a Welsh company, and the big drive at the moment with the Welsh Assembly Government is to encourage green renewable industries within Wales.
"The Royal Welsh gives us an excellent shop front to sell those products to the whole of Wales.
"It was very successful for us," he added.