PMB firm in Coke deal

2011-09-08 00:00

TALBOT Laboratories has been awarded a major effluent compliance testing project in Africa by Coca-Cola Company.

This is an impressive achievement for the environmental testing laboratory that forms part of the Pietermaritzburg-based company, Talbot & Talbot.

The major achievement follows Coca-Cola Company’s decision to set stringent effluent discharge limits for their bottling plants throughout the world.

Liane Henman, laboratory sales manager at Talbot Laboratories, will lead the project team.

She told The Witness that the project involves 68 bottling plants located mainly in east Africa.

She said there is also potential to expand to western Africa and other regions, including South Africa.

The decision by Coca-Cola Company is aimed at complying with environmental legislation.

Securing the project involved a rigorous process that included an audit.

The process took two months.

“Two quality control representatives from the African Technical Centre spent two days auditing our laboratory facilities and systems.

“In addition to that, the approval process included an ethical suppliers’ audit,” Henman said.

Talbot & Talbot’s role will be to monitor the quality of the effluent produced by each bottling plant every quarter to assess compliance in line with environmental discharge limits set by Coca-Cola Company.

Talbot Laboratories is accredited by the South African National Accreditation System and offers a range of analytical services for water, waste water and waste.

Talbot & Talbot focuses on industrial wastewater management solutions.

Henman said, “We are pleased to be associated with Coca-Cola Company on this key project and look forward to teaming up with Coca-Cola’s bottling partners in responsibly monitoring effluent discharge back into the environment.

“We are proud that we have been accredited by and are now associated with a worldwide brand.”

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