Bernegger to invest €60m in thermal plant for shredder residue processing


Austria’s Bernegger Group is investing around €60m at its Enns raw materials park located close to the city of Linz. The project calls for the construction of a large-scale plant for thermal metal extraction (TME). Around 100,000 tonnes of secondary waste from shredder residue are to be treated each year using a pyrometallurgical process. According to Bernegger, the process is capable of separating the residues in such a way that almost all the metal content and even mineral raw materials can be recovered.

Founded 75 years ago, the family-owned company Bernegger specialises primarily in the operation of gravel and ballast plants. Starting in the mid-1990s, Bernegger expanded its business to include environmental technology. In addition to recycling building materials and demolition activities, Bernegger has also operated a plant at the Enns site through its subsidiary TBS since 2006 which processes residues from end-of-life vehicle (ELV) recycling. The technology mechanically extracts metals and plastics from automotive shredder residue, also known as ASR or fluff....

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