Panizzolo Recycling Systems: Solutions that Innovate the Future

The rapid transformations involving the metal recovery sector present significant challenges for companies. But how do businesses respond to change? The vision of Panizzolo Recycling Systems, a leading Italian company in the sector, helps us understand how to prepare to make the most of future opportunities.

In this exclusive interview with Mauro Panizzolo, the owner and commercial manager, the evolution of the sector and the company’s strategy, from investment in Research and Development activities to focussing on training through the Panizzolo Recycling Academy will be analyzed.

Mauro Panizzolo (Photo: Panizzolo Recycling Systems)

What have been the main changes you have observed in the scrap business sector over the past few years?

Our sector is at the center of a significant evolutionary phase. First of all, complex scrap is increasing, while the market requires the reintroduction of more refined products into the economic cycle. Consequently, metal valorization is more of a priority than ever. In this context, companies are called to invest in high-performing innovative technologies to safeguard their competitiveness, becoming particularly attentive to all qualitative aspects that guarantee a medium-long term economic return. Simultaneously, the international regulatory framework is constantly evolving, with stringent requirements that demand an ever-greater effort to optimize treatment processes and reduce environmental impact.

Being able to adapt to new challenges becomes essential. How has the evolution of the sector influenced your business strategy?

In a complex scenario like the current one, we want to be a point of reference, playing in advance to transform changes into opportunities, not only at the national level but also on the international scene. Our response to emerging challenges has focused mainly on innovation through constant investment in Research and Development activities that have led us to establish new efficiency standards. This allows us to offer our clients, worldwide increasingly advanced solutions for achieving their goals, with particular attention to compliance with current safety and environmental regulations.

What direction is your Research and Development activity headed in today?

Over the years, the focus on technological progress has guided us in creating important patented components, like the interchangeable cradle and the refining plant. This innovative spirit drives us to aspire to new goals, with an eye towards the future. At the moment, our team is engaged in designing a revolutionary machine that we will present this year. We can tell you that it will be an innovative pre-shredder designed to process large quantities of particularly burdensome scraps, such as vehicles and car packages complete with engine and mechanics, aluminum, and mixed scraps, with top-level performance.

Specifically, this machine is born to maximize the productivity of hammer mills, like those in our MEGA series. No solution on the market was able to meet this need, so we decided to take up this challenge by leveraging all our know-how. In the coming months, we will test all aspects of operation, structural configuration, production capacity, and actual profitability to ensure that the final result meets every expectation. It’s a new project that really excites us, and we can’t wait to reveal all the details.

Among new needs and rapid transformations, you have managed to best interpret the valorization of metals. What are the strengths of your plants?

Consolidated experience and deep knowledge of the sector allow us to offer solutions that effectively meet our clients’ needs, maximizing their investment. First of all, our plants can quickly adapt to different treatment requirements, simplifying and speeding up the type and size of incoming waste. The perfect balance between low energy consumption and high productivity also ensures a significant economic advantage and optimal long-term results. The MEGA 735 hammer mill, one of our flagship models, perfectly represents this plus: operating at 450 kW, it guarantees productivity of up to 35 tons/h. Furthermore, our solutions achieve complete metal valorization up to End-of-Waste treatments, with very high-quality output. All this, combined with structural solidity, ease of maintenance, and the offer of training courses, allows us to consolidate our reputation for excellence and reliability.

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Not just high technological value, but also specialized training. Can you tell us more about the Panizzolo Recycling Academy?

The training path of the Academy leverages a wealth of knowledge and experiences acquired over time and reflects our constant commitment to innovation. The program allows learning all the necessary skills for effective plant management, covering many topics, from operational aspects to maintenance and organization. The training, conducted by our highly specialized technicians, is designed for our clients and aimed at the entire work team, with a flexible teaching approach that combines theory and practice. At the end of the course, following the passing of a test, a certification of the acquired skills is also issued.

What advantages does the Panizzolo Recycling Academy offer, and how do these translate into concrete improvements?

We have worked hard to create this training program, transferring our know-how into a comprehensive path. We have received excellent feedback from our clients, with positive and concrete results. The Academy’s training not only raises the professional standard of the individuals involved but allows all the potential of a plant to be exploited, significantly improving performance and profitability. Management becomes more efficient, and all operations and related costs are optimized, with a consequent maximization of the investment.

Our educational approach also promotes a more agile way of working, essential today to successfully face current and future challenges. In this way, companies have all the tools to operate with greater efficiency, sustainability, and profitability, strengthening their competitive advantage in the long term. These results not only confirm the value of the Academy but encourage us to continue in this direction to expand the training offer.

The 2024 edition of IFAT is just around the corner. What are your expectations and what will be the focus of your participation in the fair?

IFAT, as always, is a unique stage for us to show the world our innovative spirit, and we are excited to present the latest news, including the new pre-shredder. In this edition, technology and environmental sustainability will undoubtedly be protagonists, so it will be an important occasion to reflect together on the future of the sector and explore new trends.

You can find Panizzolo Recycling Systems at stand 223/322, in hall B6, in a completely renovated space where the team wait to introduce you to the Panizzolo world and let you discover all solutions!

(Published in GLOBAL RECYCLING Magazine 1/2024, Page 44, Photo: Panizzolo Recycling Systems)