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Kiverco Install New Plant for Sharp Group

The business was started by Terry and Tom Sharp in 1983, in Upminster and has until recently been known as Sharp Skips. The focus is mainlybon waste from the C&D market, although lately the company has started handling some types of industrial waste too.

Operating throughout Essex and East/South London, annual volumes have increased steadily and are now over 75000 tonnes, through this 24 hour operation. This privately owned business, now operating from a site in Rainham, operates over 25 vehicles and employs 50 people.

Terry and his team are passionate about giving high quality and best service and this is evident throughout the operation. Customers come from many segments, with particular focus on Local Authorities and large local businesses. Sharp Group is accredited to ISO 9001 and is also registered with the Achilles database system, which means that the company operations are audited annually to ensure compliance with the highest standards of operation.


Having seen spectacular growth over recent years, the business had simply outgrown its original equipment and 12 years after first being installed, urgently needed to replace some worn out items of plant. This posed a special challenge to the successful supplier as it was critical that downtime and disruption on this busy site was minimised. Whilst the new equipment needed was not unusual, Terry Sharp identified that the chosen supplier had to have the experience and capability to successfully install the equipment on a congested site and to a tight timescale. After spending some time reviewing the options for possible suppliers, Kiverco and its Area Sales Manager JP Devlin were awarded the contract.


Kiverco designed and manufactured an 820 trommel, a KDS 1500 air density separator, together with an overband magnet and associated conveyors. The support framework for this installation was specially manufactured to meet the exacting requirements of Terry Sharp and is concreted in to a depth of 300mm! The equipment has been designed to process over 40 tonnes per hour of mainly C&D waste, with the density separator being used to clean the heavy fraction to remove light material from this product. Kiverco’s installation team arrived on site with a plan to complete the work in 5 days and actually installed and commissioned the new equipment in 3 days, meaning that lost production and down time was kept to an absolute minimum.

“From the moment I met JP Devlin, he worked tirelessly to ensure that we got the plant we wanted, at a fair price and crucially, when we needed it. When Niall McAlinden, the lead engineer, arrived on site and introduced himself to us, I knew we were in good hands. I am delighted with the outcome and pleased with my decision to employ Kiverco”.

- Terry Sharp, Managing Director, Sharp Group

“We were extremely pleased to win this order. This was a congested site where the experience of our engineers, in being able to operate to a very tight programme, was a critical success factor. Sharp Group now has modern, high performance and reliable equipment at the heart of this busy operation and will be able to handle their growing volumes with confidence”.

- John Lines, Sales & Marketing Director, Kiverco