From its roots in Little Eaton, Derby in 1974, Liniar’s headquarters, mixing plant, lamination facility, warehouse and showroom are now based just a few miles away in Denby, Derbyshire. Sitting within the Amber Valley Region, Liniar has not only had a progressive apprenticeship programme and a strong local workforce for more than four decades, the company has also played an active role in helping the neighbouring communities of Marehay, Ripley, Heanor, Codnor and Belper.
The Amber Valley region was once home to the coal mining industry, but the community suffered from lengthy periods of unemployment levels following the closure of the area’s mines and the Denby Hall Colliery in 1968. Liniar’s facilities are situated on the very site of the old colliery, which was used for opencast mining for many years.
A large proportion of Liniar’s focus is on finding ways to support its local community. This motivation has been a foundation of the company since its inception and continues to be fully supported by Liniar’s US parent company, Quanex Building Products – in fact, Liniar recently won the ‘Hometown Award’ for its work within the community, at the 2020 global Quanex Stakeholder Awards.
To help facilitate Liniar’s work within the community, it joined the prestigious Investors in Community platform in 2021. The platform is designed to connect businesses and individuals with charities and community initiatives in their local area. The system can track volunteering hours, help the team find activities to get involved with and provides a place for employees to sign up for or suggest fundraising opportunities that are close to their heart, offering ‘community credits’ for all activities undertaken by its members. The Investors in Community platform also provides charities with 100% of the donations collected through activities and is free for all good causes to join.
In March 2020, when lockdown was announced in the UK, Liniar’s doors had to temporarily close. With more than 90% of the workforce on furlough leave, the teams banded together to volunteer to help local front line and NHS workers during the national PPE shortage.
During the site’s six-week closure between March and May, the Liniar Design and Development team produced a 3D-printed headband-style visor, which when added to a simple acetate sheet, formed a protective face shield.
The Senior Management Team was fully supportive of the initiative, so the team worked round the clock to produce its first 3D-printed visors. Within a matter of days, Liniar’s parent company Quanex approved the expenditure for a £20,000 tool to allow the visors to be mass-produced. From there, Liniar team members and customers volunteered to help assemble, pack and deliver the visors to those who needed them most across the country.
To date, Liniar has donated more than 38,000 protective visors free of charge to key workers. You can see the latest number and learn more about an initiative that’s been close to the hearts of all within the Liniar team on our Liniar PPE page.
Further community support
While Liniar’s PPE project was an overwhelming success, it is just one of the projects the company and its teams have been involved in. Amongst many other initiatives, Liniar has participated in the following:
Sustainability and the environment
The environment is close to the hearts of all who reside on this planet – especially as the effects of climate change continue to increase in severity. Liniar is dedicated to reducing its carbon footprint and ensuring it only has a positive impact on the environment.
The company has been a waste-neutral manufacturing facility since the launch of its outdoor ranges in 1999, which utilise recycled PVCu in their composition.
As part of Liniar’s sustainability focus, the company entered into a Climate Change Agreement with the Environment Agency in 2018 in a bid to help further reduce its carbon footprint, bringing it in line with the UK Government’s Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme.
With the implementation of an extensive Environmental Management Policy, Liniar received ISO 14001 accreditation that same year and was recertified again in 2021. As part of Liniar’s EA agreement a phased plan was formed to lower the company’s carbon emissions. Steps taken included:
At the end of target period four of Liniar’s Climate Change Agreement, its facility achieved a cumulative Specific Energy Consumption (SEC) of 1,618.297 kWhp/tonne, compared to its target of 3,514.028 kWhp/tonne – putting Liniar ahead of its period four target by 53.95% and saving over 20,000 tonnes of carbon. This is something the entire Liniar team is incredibly proud of.
For more information, take a look at our Sustainability page.