Easter Closing

The brites office will be closed for Easter on Friday 19th & Monday 22nd of April.

Our answering service will be on and you can also order online as usual at https://bit.ly/2GsAFv2

Happy Easter!

Now Seeking Data Analyst

Our team is expanding and we now have an exciting new position available in our Enniskillen office;

Data Analyst

To support the Commercial Support Manager, Business Development Director and the commercial team in all aspects of their roles including performance measurement, business analysis, maintaining the tender data bank, preparing presentations and admin as required.

Closing date – 12th April at 4pm.

To read more or to apply online, please click here

Robbie the Robot joins the brites Team…Adding Capacity For Bagged Brites

If you’re ordering 10Kg bags of brites direct online at www.brites.eu you will spot some differences to our pallets of locally produced 10kg wood pellets. Earlier this year we had a new robot commissioned to stack and wrap our 10kg bags. The robot has been christened Robbie by the rest of the brites team.

Following the global bagged pellet shortage that occurred during the winter of 2017/2018 we felt it necessary to increase capacity so now our bagging factory can operate operate 24/7. This investment will help ensure we can be respond to peaks in demand and get our home grown bagged pellets delivered to you when you require them.

Robbie is very meticulous and makes sure that the pallets are stacked neater than before and as part of the automated bagging process the bags are gently rolled to make them flatter to aid the pallet building. This flattening of the bags mean that the finished pallet will look smaller than you are used to. A typical pallet is now 200mm shorter than the previous pallet stacked manually.

Balcas brites are still:

Made locally from locally grown timber that we process in our saw mills.
Made to exceed EnplusA1 requirments.
High calorific value
Low fines levels
Low ash

Order now – https://bit.ly/2TzT10C

Meet brites Customer Engineering Manager

To mark International Women’s Day 2019, we’d like to introduce you to Meave, our Customer Engineering Manager.

Can you tell us a little bit about what the average day looks like for you?

Average day? There is no average day, and that is the beauty of Balcas brites customer engineering. You could be at your desk working remotely with clients, undertaking site visits, in meetings, answering customer queries, designing new systems, project managing, or even crawling through a large steam boiler! There are always plenty of new and exciting challenges.

As a woman working in engineering, do you have any role models that you look up to – both inside and outside your field?

At the risk of sounding cliché, it would have to be my parents. I have three sisters and one brother, and we were all brought up to be equal. From a young age we were taught cause and effect, and encouraged to be independent, adventurous and take risks. These are traits that I believe have allowed me, and two of my sisters, to feel comfortable as women in the field of engineering.

Why did you choose to become an engineer? What were the major factors in your decision?

As a child I enjoyed playing with Lego and Meccano, and I was always there to lend a hand with DIY projects at home. I have always been very practical and hands on, and at school I was drawn towards STEM subjects; science, technology and maths.
I initially wanted to pursue a career in aviation, and started a BEng (Hons) degree in Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Salford in 1999. However, the landscape of the aviation industry significantly changed following the events of September 11th 2001. While completing my university studies I worked for a precision engineering firm, which enabled me to gain invaluable experience in engineering manufacturing processes and business management. I later joined Balcas, where I was given the opportunity to develop my skills and expand into the field of renewable energy and steam generation. I now manage a team of engineers in brites Customer engineering.

In ten words or fewer, why do you love engineering?

Every day is a school day!

In your opinion, why is it important that more women take up engineering in the near future?

Women are underrepresented in engineering, only making up 11% of the engineering workforce in the UK. I believe a diverse workforce, that brings together different perspectives and talents, is absolutely essential to create better and more efficient solutions.

Is there more that schools could do to get girls engaged in science from a young age?

I think schools are doing a good job and girls are now offered the same subject choices as their male counterparts, with many excelling in STEM subjects. The issue, as I see it, is with society. There is still a perception that engineering is a “man’s job”, and I feel many girls may be put off by this, especially at such an impressionable age. I think it is therefore important schools and universities continue to actively promote, and raise the profile of, women in STEM subjects.

What’s the most important piece of advice you’d give to a woman thinking of starting a career in engineering?
Don’t be deterred – Go for it!

If you could choose any engineering project in the world, which would you most like to work on?

As a passionate motorcycle rider and enthusiast, it would have to be with one of the MotoGP teams!


Thanks Meave, judging by the pic it was inevitable!

#WomenInEngineering #InternationalWomensDay2019

Fantastic new opportunties to join the brites team


In Autumn 2018 Balcas acquired the wood pellet trade and assets of the leading GB wood pellet distributor Forever Fuels Ltd., enabling Balcas to further strengthen its position as a principal supplier in the UK and Ireland wood pellet industry.

We are now seeking additional hardworking team members as we expand our business.

Apply online here  or come and see us.

#LocalAndGlobal #FutureIsBrites



Reasons to be cheerful

Don’t be blue this Monday…We have 4 reasons to be cheerful as we are now inviting applications for the following positions:

IT Support Technician
Maintenance Fitter
General Operatives

Why not make the leap this weekend and visit https://www.balcas.com/careers/ for more info on how you can make a change!

Balcas CEO takes on inaugural chairmanship of €800m industry association

22 companies representing the full span of the forestry supply chain have come together to form Forest Industries Ireland (FII).  Launched yesterday, IFI is a new business sector within IBEC and the association is chaired by Balcas CEO, Brian Murphy.

With a combined turnover of €800 million, the industry is forecasting major growth with the figure doubling to €1.6 billion by 2035. Mark McCauley, Director of FII, said the industry is now maturing, with 21,000 forest owners all over the country. “The trees that they have been growing over the last 40 years are now reaching maturity, so there is huge growth in supply from the private forest estate, and that requires a bit more coordination.”

Balcas processes a million tonnes of logs from Ireland and Scotland every year and Brian, who is the inaugural Chairman of Forest Industries Ireland, said the industry is “hugely sustainable”. “The ingredients for our industry are sun, carbon dioxide, rain, land, and employment in our rural communities. The forest output is a crop that is increasingly managed  to optimise the value of timber that is being returned from the land for the grower, whilst also maximising the environmental benefit and increasing Irelands natural capital”.

The association has been formed to drive industry growth, increase industry visibility and profile, improve Government policy and regulation, co-ordinate joint industries, and to meet the Brexit challenge.

Photo Caption: Mark McAuley, Director (left) and Brian Murphy, inaugural Chairman of Forest Industries Ireland, pictured at the launch of FII

Change in Banking Details

Before Christmas we wrote to all customers advising that we had moved to Barclays Bank. We wish to assure you that this was a genuine communication.

Important Notice

Due to essential electrical maintenance in the surrounding area, we will be completely offline this Friday from 2.30 – 7pm.

As there will be no electricity – we will be unable to answer emails or landline telephone calls during this period.

Online ordering as usual here

This is unfortunately beyond our control and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.

New Developments at Balcas

We are pleased to confirm that on Saturday 1st September 2018 Balcas Timber Ltd, manufacturer of brites; entered in to an agreement to acquire the wood pellet trade and assets of the leading GB wood pellet distributor Forever Fuels Ltd.

This exciting opportunity enables Balcas to further strengthen its position as a principal supplier in the UK and Ireland wood pellet industry.

Ian McCracken, brites Business Development Director said:

“We are confident that the combination of the Forever Fuel team’s experience of making industry leading deliveries of wood pellets and the Balcas team’s experience in manufacturing wood pellets will make brites the best choice for all users of wood pellets. This will improve security of supply and we will continue to develop our friendly service offering, including online ordering and technical know-how.”

On behalf of Summerleaze (parent company of FF), Bruno Prior, Director said:

“We are pleased with the potential of this new direction and a clear determination from the new owner to harness the existing strengths of both companies to provide a long-term future. All of the employees of Forever Fuels have transferred to Balcas and we look forward with confidence to the business growing strongly under its new owners.”