CFE Group

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by CFE Group's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from CFE Group is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

Con Lynch, CEO
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CFE Group was founded in 1996. Its principal activity is
to supply animal feed compounders and biomass pellet
producers throughout the UK and Ireland with pelleting
equipment, engineering maintenance and refurbishing services.
The company’s administrative function is based in County
Kerry, Ireland, and its production facilities are based in Haydock,
St Helens. CFE Group is owned by Con Lynch, CEO, and Pat
Dennehy, operations director, and employs a loyal workforce
of 23 people, many of whom live locally to their sites and have
worked with the company for over ten years.
We are market leaders in the supply of pelleting consumables, and the UK and
Irish agent for California Pellet Mill Company (CPM), who are global leaders in
the manufacture of pelleting process equipment. They supply equipment that
conditions, pasteurises and densifies raw material in pellet form at rates of up to 30
tonnes per hour.
Expertise and quality
Our engineering plant at Haydock is regarded as the foremost facility in Europe for
refurbishing pelleting consumables. As we are determined to deliver the highest
standards and greatest value to our customers, we have invested £1.25 million in
sustainable patented technology over the past number of years.
We have worked closely with Danish company O&J Hojtryk to develop a unique
water-pressurised cleaning, washing, grinding and countersinking system.
»CEO: Con Lynch
»Established in 1996
»Production plant and UK
offices based in St Helens,
Haydock; Irish offices based in
Castleisland, County Kerry
»Services: Supply of pelleting
equipment, engineering
maintenance and refurbishing
services to animal feed
compounders and biomass
pellet producers throughout
the UK and Ireland
»No. of employees: 23
»Invested £1.25 million in
sustainable patented technology
over the past few years
CFE Group
Highlighting best practice
Thisaddsgreater accuracy, efficiency
and sustainability across the whole die
and roll refurbishing process, without
the requirement for heated water
or chemical additives. Our wealth of
expertise, coupled with the quality
and reliability of our state-of-the-
art equipment, guarantees the very
best product and value on cost of
ownership to our customers.
Our core equipment sales business
is focused on two areas of pellet
production: hygienised feed and
ruminant feed. We have a clear,
successful business model which covers
these areas. As agents for CPM, we
not only sell well-designed and well-
engineered machinery, but also identify
the line requirements and provide
process solutions for production
challenges at the pellet station.
We are also a valued local presence
for equipment providers and our
customers. We constantly drive
ourselves to deliver a solution for
customers that will maximise machine
uptime and increase throughput per
hour on both feed types while also
providing the best possible kilowatt
performance per tonne.
Partnering with clients
Based on the principle that our
customers are our partners in industry,
and ever mindful that we must devise
products that will grow our business,
we developed our cost per tonne
(CPT) product. This is a solution
designed to deliver a complete support
package for mills, including planned
and emergency maintenance across
all machine types and brands at the
pelleting station, the provision of
OEM consumables, OEM wearing and
moving spare parts, a full refurbishing
service, mentoring and training for mill
staff, an emergency support service,
and stock control and reporting using
Predictability on cost is a key risk
management requirement, and our
CPT product is an insurance policy. It
affords customers a means of fixing
costs against production to achieve
increased throughput per hour,
reduction in downtime and efficiency
in both operations and budget
control. CPT operates as a fixed-
term contract with the agreed price
expressed in terms of the number of
tonnes produced annually. It’s built
on a partnership where we work with
our customers. We bring experience,
expertise, reliability, quality and
product excellence to the table, and
secure certainty for feed producers,
which is essential for the success of
their business.
Celebrating growth
We see the drivers for growth coming
from hygienic food production
and from the growing demand for
increased throughput in ruminant food
production. The upscaling of the dairy
herds in Ireland and the UK means
that they are near capacity during
peak months. We see reduction of
kilowatt per tonne as the other key
driver across the UK and Ireland for
efficiency, and we believe that the best
Our engineers bring
extensive and valued
experience to their
roles. Their skill sets are
augmented through
continual training and
We bring
quality and
excellence to
the table, and
certainty for
way to achieve an across-the-board
reduction is to increase throughput of
lines and maximise machine uptime.
CPM’s research and development into
pelleting technologies for hygienic
food production and optimisation of
the feed conversion ratio has seen
the introduction of revolutionary
equipment in the poultry market
such as the hygieniser and hot start
conditioner. We have installed this
equipment in mills throughout the
UK and Ireland including ABN, Moy
Park and Corby Rock Mills. We have
recently completed a project involving
a new production line at Duffield
Group in Norfolk, which now yields an
average of 12 tonnes of hygienic feed
per hour.
The terrain ahead
We are presently mindful of two things.
The world’s population is growing,
and its demand for protein is growing
with it. This will have a major knock-
on effect on the poultry and dairy
industries. Businesses need certainty
to thrive, and Brexit will most certainly
present challenges for the British and
Irish markets. We believe that the
border issue will be a major challenge.
Environmental issues such as pollution
and animal welfare will continue to
prevail, and we question how farmers,
as stewards of the countryside,
will incorporate the responsibilities
that their commercial role entails.
We are committed to increasing
CPM’s footprint with installations of
hygienic poultry and pig conditioning
equipment, all the while directly
celebrating and driving the qualities of
the high-output ruminant pellet mill
across the market.
A future of excellence
One of our long-standing desires
has always been to be the mentor
that customers want to do business
with. We have developed, won
and expanded business by forging
trusting relationships and providing
tailor-made valued and sustainable
solutions to customers. We firmly
believe in honesty in performance and
view ourselves as partners with our
stakeholders, including our employees,
customers, suppliers, institutional
providers and neighbours.
The food industry is currently
experiencing a monumental and
undeniable international boom. We
are in the food chain, at the back,
but there nonetheless, and can thus
only conclude that the future, for us,
We firmly
believe in
honesty in
and view
ourselves as
partners with
Cost per tonne is a
vehicle that connects
mill costs with output
while providing
intelligent data

This article was sponsored by CFE Group. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from The Rt Hon Theresa May MP.

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

This foreword from the then Prime Minister appeared in the 2018/19 Parliamentary Review.

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review. For Her Majesty’s Government, our task in the year ahead is clear: to achieve the best Brexit deal for Britain and to carry on our work to build a more prosperous and united country – one that truly works for everyone. 

The right Brexit deal will not be sufficient on its own to secure a more prosperous future for Britain. We also need to ensure that our economy is ready for what tomorrow will bring. Our Modern Industrial Strategy is our plan to do that. It means Government stepping up to secure the foundations of our productivity: providing an education system that delivers the skills our economy needs, improving school standards and transforming technical education; delivering infrastructure for growth; ensuring people have the homes they need in the places they want to live. It is all about taking action for the long-term that will pay dividends in the future.

But it also goes beyond that. Government, the private sector and academia working together as strategic partners achieve far more than we could separately. That is why we have set an ambitious goal of lifting UK public and private research and development investment to 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027. It is why we are developing four Grand Challenges, the big drivers of social and economic change in the world today: harnessing artificial intelligence and the data revolution; leading in changes to the future of mobility; meeting the challenges of our ageing society; and driving ahead the revolution in clean growth. By focusing our efforts on making the most of these areas of enormous potential, we can develop new exports, grow new industries and create more good jobs in every part of our country.

Years of hard work and sacrifice from the British people have got our deficit down by over three quarters. We are building on this success by taking a balanced approach to public spending. We are continuing to deal with our debts, so that our economy can remain strong and we can protect people’s jobs, and at the same time we are investing in vital public services, like our NHS. We have set out plans to increase NHS funding annually by an average by 3.4 percent in real terms: that is £394 million a week more. In return, the NHS will produce a ten-year plan, led by doctors and nurses, to eliminate waste and improve patient care.

I believe that Britain can look to the future with confidence. We are leaving the EU and setting a new course for prosperity as a global trading nation. We have a Modern Industrial Strategy that is strengthening the foundations of our economy and helping us to seize the opportunities of the future. We are investing in the public services we all rely on and helping them to grow and improve. Building on our country’s great strengths – our world-class universities and researchers, our excellent services sector, our cutting edge manufacturers, our vibrant creative industries, our dedicated public servants – we can look towards a new decade that is ripe with possibility. The government I lead is doing all it can to make that brighter future a reality for everyone in our country. 

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review 
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Prime Minister