Expert opinion

Our senior engineers are a valuable source of expert opinion within the recycling, separation and reprocessing sector. Their practical experience of both our own operations and those of a broad range of industry clients makes their opinions both credible and respected.

Expert opinion

The team’s technical expertise includes:

  • Materials recovery facilities (MRFs)
  • Plastics and polymer processing
  • Mechanical biological treatment (MBT
  • Anaerobic digestion (AD)
  • Energy from waste including SRF and RDF production
  • Scrap metal recycling
  • Chemical manufacture
  • HSE and quality management

Expert engineering opinion for legal disputes

Where there’s a dispute over plant or equipment performance or material quality, we can provide advice to support the legal process.

Our engineers are experienced at preparing expert witness reports and giving evidence in court. They regularly liaise with lawyers, courts and international law firms.

Drawing on our experience as both plant operator and services supplier, we’re able to quickly determine the most likely cause of any difference between actual and promised performance or quality. The problem could be down to issues with the plant or equipment design – but it could equally be due to under-specification or operational factors such as changes to infeed material.

On top of reviewing existing evidence, therefore, we also provide practical input to help get to the root of the problem. This input can include looking at engineering processes and undertaking compositional analysis.

Insurance claim assessments for the resource recovery sector

We work with resource recovery plant owners, operators and insurance professionals to find solutions and estimate costs where equipment has been damaged and an insurance claim made.

Our experienced engineers can assess what can be repaired, what needs replacing, and what the costs will be. Alongside this, they can evaluate reinstatement proposals and timescales, and estimate both business interruption losses and reinstatement costs.

We have experience of advising on a wide range of damage losses around the world. Whether you need a small team to review specific aspects of a loss or a larger multi-disciplinary team to give the complete picture, we can mobilise rapidly to minimise delays.

Plant maintenance audits

Axion plant maintenance audits provide critical business intelligence about the condition of machinery and the effectiveness of existing maintenance plans.

With maintenance levels directly affecting performance, our input helps keep machinery running at peak efficiency, prevents unnecessary downtime, and contributes to maximising margins. Where necessary, we can also work with plant managers to improve maintenance procedures.

Maintenance audit reports are also valuable for owners of contracted-out plants wanting to check the state of the asset or needing evidence for use in hand-back negotiations.

Environment agency prosecution appeals

Our environmental permit services include independent evidence reviews for businesses fighting Environment Agency breach of permit prosecutions. Working through all the relevant information, we identify the key facts that will support the appeal and present them clearly and concisely to give you the best chance of success.

Due diligence

Our Due Diligence service for the resource recovery sector helps shape business planning and investment. To provide a complete picture, we combine market, commercial and operational due diligence with hands-on technical analysis and bespoke market research. For more details, see Due Diligence.