German Plant Manufacturer Broadens Product Portfolio

Germany-based Stadler Anlagenbau GmbH has announced the acquisition of a majority stake in weeeSwiss Technology AG, which specializes in the design, construction and operation of turn-key waste electric and electronic equipment (WEEE) recycling plants.

The two companies intend to harness their combined know-how in the joint development of new solutions, processes and technologies for WEEE recycling. These efforts would benefit from the resources of Stadler’s innovation and test centers in Altshausen (Germany) and Krsko (Slovenia). They would also build on the existing collaborations that weeeSwiss has established with Swiss universities, a press release said.

With this move, Stadler extends its offering to include the recycling of electronic waste. “WEEE is the fastest growing waste stream across the world, currently amounting to annual volumes around 50 million metric tons,” the internationally active company underlined. “The demand for recycling this material is rising fast, as legislation to regulate the management of electronic waste comes into force across the world to address the environmental impact of this waste and foster a circular economy where its component materials are recovered and reused. The growing public awareness of the importance of using more efficiently natural resources is also a factor in the push for recycling. On the other hand, electronic waste is a source of many materials that are in great demand for new low-carbon technologies and electronics, which translates into business opportunities for recycling operations.”

weeeSwiss has more than 25 years of industrial experience in WEEE recycling technology, and today supports its customers around the world with its operational and market know-how. The company offers e-waste recycling operators full engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services. Its process begins with a detailed analysis of the customer’s requirements, followed by the design of recycling process and factory layout, then installation and start-up. The company also delivers specially developed training programs “to ensure the customer’s staff is able to operate the plant to the highest standards”.

(GR32020, Page 16, Photo: Stadler)