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A Scottish company has been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development.

John Lawrie Tubulars Ltd is one of 226 organisations nationally to be recognised with a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise. Announced today (Thursday 21 April), John Lawrie Tubulars Ltd has been recognised for its excellence in Sustainable Development.

Employing 38 people with operations in Montrose, Scotland and Scunthorpe, England, John Lawrie Tubulars Ltd is one of the largest purchasers and suppliers of steel tubular products in the UK.

Following the commission in 2020 of a completely bespoke life cycle assessment (LCA) based on its own unique steel tubular management processes, the company can formally detail that for every tonne of its repurposed steel tubulars used there is a carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) saving of 97.21% over the production of newly manufactured prime steel products. The report presents the environmental impact and benefits of the repurposing and onward delivery of John Lawrie Tubulars’ products, comparing the impact of repurposed tubulars to that of newly manufactured prime steel products throughout their lifecycle.

Vic Sinclair, CEO, commented: “This award means everything to us. Our aim is always to keep our business moving forward and to make a real difference, so to receive this acknowledgment is a deeply proud moment. Innovation is key to our growth strategy and we’re looking forward to continuing to evolve our business to meet market and environmental demands.” 

Iain Laing, Managing Director, says: “We are delighted to have won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise. We have been strategically focused on evolving our business offering to meet the demands of not only the industry we serve, but the global environment within which we work.

“Our aim is to minimise waste, pollution and the consumption of finite resources in order to improve sustainability, reduce environmental impacts and help cut greenhouse gas emissions — so to be recognised for our efforts is very satisfying. We share our greener credentials with our suppliers and clients, to show the carbon emissions saved thanks to using our products and services, and the response has been incredibly positive.”

John Lawrie Tubulars repurposes redundant steel tubulars from the North Sea oil and gas industry as a high-quality alternative to new manufactured prime steel products in the construction piling industry. Extending the life of materials through reuse, repurpose and recycling is at the core of the John Lawrie Tubulars business with the aim of minimising waste, pollution, water and the consumption of finite resources, improving sustainability, reducing environmental impacts and cutting greenhouse gas emissions. 

The company has recently expanded its service in the UK as well as in the USA by investing a seven-figure sum in its operations in Montrose, Scotland and Houston, Texas. Following the purchase of a number of new assets, the company is now perfectly positioned to offer products for construction applications to new and existing clients in the construction, rail and geo-drilling (geothermal and water wells) industries in order to maximise the opportunity for repurposing products that would otherwise go to waste.

Now in its 56th year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the country, with winning businesses able to use the esteemed Queen’s Awards Emblem for the next five years.

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