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TSR’s Dutch subsidiary, HKS Scrap Metals, the design agency, Scope Design & Strategy, and the vocational institute, MBO Amersfoort, have joined forces and developed ‘Raw Metals’ – high quality stylish products made from recycled non-ferrous metals. The special feature here: conventional metal processing stages, such as smelting, are not needed at all. This reduces carbon emissions by 60%. This joint team recently won an award for their project.
Functionality, ergonomics, originality, design and respect towards humans and the environment – these are the criteria that the Dutch Designlink foundation focuses on when assessing products and production processes that wish to receive its “Goed Industrieel Ontwerp” seal of quality. HKS, Scope and MBO were presented with this prestigious award for their joint Raw Metals project back in 2019. The two companies and the vocational institute have developed a special process for its Raw Metals initiative that enables them to make stylish products from shredded non-ferrous metals.
The first Raw Metals prototypes: bathroom towel hooks. The system used to make these products generated 60% fewer carbon emissions than conventional metalwork processes
This method does not involve smelting the materials, nor does it use so-called semi-finished products. This new production process needs far less energy than conventional methods and reduces carbon emissions by 60%. The small metal particles are pressed together to create functional and robust products with an unusual design. Besides receiving the foundation’s universal seal of quality, Raw Metals was also presented with a special award for the “Respect” criterion – a sign of the jury’s appreciation of the way these products promote environmental protection and sustainability.
“The raw material comes from our milling facility. The pressed metal composite is extremely versatile, is a great material for working with and is suitable for making a whole range of products,” explained Sebastiaan Meijs, supply chain & operations manager at HKS Metals. The Raw Metals team have created a variety of prototypes, which comprise high quality, sustainable and marketable finished products such as towel hooks and other bathroom accessories. “There’s practically no limit to the number of everyday objects we can produce – door knobs and coat stands to name just two,” Meijs continued naming some of the initiators’ ideas. Raw Metals was subsidised by the Toekomstfonds Duurzame Ontwikkeling (Sustainable Development Future Fund). This fund supports sustainable and innovative projects and initiatives in the Dutch City of Amersfoort.
Delighted to have received the ‘Goed Industrieel Ontwerp’ Award for their Raw Metals project: Pim Jonkman, owner of Scope Design & Strategy (front row/left), and Sebastiaan Meijs, Supply Chain & Operations Manager at HKS (front row/right), together with the jury