Retirement of UNTHA UK's chairman Chris Oldfield

United Kingdom: Chris Oldfield, chairman of shredding specialist UNTHA UK, has announced his retirement from the recycling industry following a career spanning almost 50 years. The reins of the business have now been handed over fully to the company’s managing director Marcus Brew.

Oldfield started up York-based Riverside Waste Machinery in 1997 to supply balers and shredders. The company split in 2011, with Riverside continuing as a baler specialist while the shredder side of the business became UNTHA UK, a subsidiary of Austria's UNTHA group.

'We've encountered some tremendously difficult economic periods but I am extremely proud of the reputation we have gone on to achieve at the forefront of a competitive industry,' says Oldfield. 'Now, after several years of succession planning, I feel that this is the right time for me to hand the business over to a very capable team.'

UNTHA UK has installed more than 500 shredders in the UK and beyond, and over 10 000 machines are now in operation worldwide.

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