Strong demand for recycled copper pushes Wieland to establish itself in the United States • Recycling International

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Wieland North America is investing US $ 100 million (€ 82.5 million) to establish a copper recycling and refining center in Shelbyville, Kentucky.

The new site, which will employ a team of 75 workers, will take advantage of “the latest and most efficient technology” to enable the recycling of a wide range of metals and alloys. Operations should start at the end of 2022.

Wieland North America is part of the German group Wieland, founded around 200 years ago. To date, it has approximately 230 metals related facilities around the world, with a workforce of approximately 25,000 people. Earlier this year, the parent company announced plans to move its new North American headquarters to Louisville.

With this new venture, Wieland says it is taking a “major step” underlining its commitment to sustainability and carbon neutrality, recognizing the “high demand” from its customers and end consumers for high-material metal. recycled.

“Many thanks to the State of Kentucky and Shelby County for their tremendous support. The incentives given have reinforced our decision to make this fundamental investment, which will pave the way for further recycling growth here, ”comments Matt Bedingfield, President of the company. “We look forward to working alongside our current and future suppliers to find new ways to create value together. “

The patented Wieland copper rotor

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