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The foundation stone for transforming the way the smallest particles found in shredder heavy fractions are processed has been laid: in the second quarter of 2020, TSR’s business in Brandenburg an der Havel will begin recovering valuable non-ferrous metal concentrate from the material streams generated by large-scale shredder facilities. Up to now, this work has been performed by external companies.
TSR’s subsidiary REMINE is currently preparing the area and installing state-of-the-art technology to enable it to implement its innovative processing system – in an old steelworks building just 500 metres from TSR’s Brandenburg branch. From the spring of 2020 onwards, this plant will be used to process fine material from TSR’s three large-scale shredder facilities (in Brandenburg, Mannheim and Hamburg) as well as from INDRA Recycling GmbH, a REMONDIS Group company, and from other partner firms. “We are creating our very own central solution for shredder heavy fraction material streams in Germany,” commented REMINE managing director, Florian Berger. His fellow managing director, Dr Sebastian Jeanvré, added: “At the moment, about one-third of the building is being rented out to Recyclingpark Brandenburg GmbH – a company partly owned by the REMONDIS Group. This provides us with a flexible set-up and means we can expand REMINE’s capacity if the volume of incoming material increases.”
The technological centrepiece of the section of the building dedicated to this system (currently approx. 7,500m²) will be the new facility for processing fines, i.e. finely grained, metal-containing fractions. The finely grained shredder heavy fraction will undergo a dry mechanic, fully automated process: once the composites have been uncovered and the metals shaped into balls, the raw materials will pass through a number of different systems to separate the material stream into its individual components: minerals, plastics and non-ferrous concentrates. The results are clean aluminium, copper and brass concentrate which can be sent straight to foundries.
TSR’s first screening facility for shredder heavy fraction will be up and running in the second quarter of 2020.
Dr Ansgar Fendel, managing director of REMONDIS Assets & Services GmbH & Co. KG, and his team provided technological support – especially when it came to designing the new plant. “Both their knowledge and experience were a huge help. Dr Georg Timmel, project manager for processing facilities, and Viola Möbs, project engineer, both played a key role in further optimising our technology,” agreed Jeanvré and Berger, praising the collaboration work.
REMINE was founded as a fully owned TSR subsidiary back in the spring of 2014. Construction work on the plant in Brandenburg then began in early autumn 2019 following a complex approval and publicity procedure. Jeanvré is convinced that REMINE will be a resounding success: “By opening this facility, we will be strengthening our own key areas of expertise and increasing our material recovery rates. At the same time, we will have a stronger position on the market, as – together with INDRA – we will be able to process and market the shredder heavy fraction ourselves.”