Starting this month, all Cleanaway Daniels’ reusable sharps collectors and related spare parts will be 100% Australian-made. The complete onshoring of manufacturing capabilities represents the single largest investment made by Cleanaway Daniels last year and an important step forward towards Cleanaway’s Footprint 2025 roadmap to help communities manage their waste and improve resource recovery infrastructure in Australia.
General Manager, Health Services Caleb Mcguire in announcing the milestone said, “Local control over our supply chain significantly advances our ability to deliver an even more agile and quality service to our customers. By reshoring operations closer to end users, we have a leaner supply chain that’s better suited for rapid production, more flexibility to meet changes in customer demand while supporting and driving the local economy.”
“A predictable supply chain also allows us to optimise inventory levels as there is less geographical uncertainty to account for when unforeseen disruptions happen.”
“This project was led by National Sourcing & Supply Chain Manager, Health Services Jonathan Salib, who with his team, exceeded all expectations for this phase of our vision for complete independence of the future direction of our product range.” said Caleb, congratulating the team for completing the project.
Altogether, Cleanaway Daniels invested in 40 new blow, injection and rotor moulding tools. The brand-new tooling includes a spare set of key tools which reduce production costs and downtime in the event of maintenance or repair.
Pictured: Robot getting ready to place window for moulding into a sharps container base
In describing the effort put in by the team, Jonathan said, “This process has not been an easy one, and the supply chain team are to be commended on their efforts and support throughout this process. It has involved countless hours, late nights, long phone calls and a number of complexities that needed to be resolved.”
“The most significant challenge for the team was the size of the project along with the integration of the ASP business into Cleanaway. This meant a lot of moving parts requiring attention including upgrading our site, new machinery, new tools and developing new skillsets.” said Jonathan.
“Currently, Cleanaway Daniels uses a combination of existing domestic suppliers as well as the St Mary’s facility in NSW to manufacture new sharps containers. Over time, Cleanaway Daniels will migrate the bulk of its manufacturing to St Mary’s.”
On March 2019, Cleanaway completed the acquisition of ASP Healthcare (ASP) which included the plastic manufacturing facility at St Mary’s. ASP is an Australian-owned business that has serviced the healthcare industry for over 20 years with a range of premium products that include sharp collectors, a range of needles and syringes, disinfection chemicals, sharp disposal bins and more.
ASP’s in-house capability to pelletise and manufacture sharps collectors presents an exciting opportunity for Cleanaway to increase the use of recycled material in our operations.
Contact us to learn more about how we’re making a safe, sustainable future possible in the healthcare industry.