Futureproofing, roadmap to a more sustainable industry


In this article, NCAB highlights its focus on the renewables market and details collaboration with Cranfield University and Merlin PCB on a Circularity Benchmark Tool.

As part of its sustainability strategy, NCAB is focussing on the renewables market, priding itself on building, forming and nurturing strong partnerships within this sector. Among its valued customer base, the NCAB has had the privilege to work with elite EV charging manufacturers, one of which is myenergi.

Myenergi is a British designer, developer and manufacturer of a range of smart home energy products, including the award-winning zappi EV charger and eddi solar power diverter. The company was founded with the purpose of removing barriers to a greener future and it is working hard to analyse the footprint of its own operations and those within its supply chain to better understand the impact of its products. As a proud UK manufacturer, myenergi also seeks to source from suppliers who also manufacture in the UK wherever possible.

Over the years, the partnership has been immensely successful, playing an integral role in mutual growth and innovation. Commitment to excellence and unwavering focus on quality have set them apart as a customer in the industry. The determination to deliver the best products to its customers mirrors NCAB’s own passion for providing the best service. This shared dedication laid the foundation for a successful working relationship.

It is imperative that NCAB prioritises and continues to amplify efforts to ensure a cleaner and healthier environment while reducing dependence on finite resources. As part of its sustainability journey NCAB UK undertook sponsoring a student at Cranfield University. The company sees that in an ever-evolving world where the need for sustainable practices is becoming crucial in every business, collaboration between academia and business holds immense potential.

The team at NCAB, Cranfield University and Merlin PCB worked together to cultivate a mutual understanding of the purpose and objectives. The technical council along with Merlin PCB’s technical director, Mat Beadle, derived the framework to support the project and Isaac Opoku, the chosen Cranfield student commenced his works and identified key research questions to establish the desired outcomes.

Isaac delivered a Circularity Benchmark Tool drawing from cradle-to-cradle principles. Isaac’s tool encompasses a holistic and reliable approach to ensure its effectiveness in driving circularity within the PCB manufacturing landscape. The benchmark tool provides a systematic framework for evaluating and improving circularity of materials and energy used in PCB manufacturing. The tool is an important part of NCAB’s journey and is a fantastic start to adopting a more resilient and future-ready manufacturing ecosystem.

There is still a huge amount of work to undertake but this is a great achievement in the right direction. NCAB will continue to sponsor Cranfield University in 2024 on the Scope 1 and 2 elements for continuous improvement as part of its sustainability journey to net zero in the UK.

As NCAB looks to the future, it remains excited about the potential for further success, innovation and growth that awaits it in this journey with Cranfield. Here’s to the years to come and the continued prosperity that this partnership will undoubtedly bring.