European recycling firm strengthens its business in Eastern Europe.
, a Germany-based metals recycling company, has opened a new scrap metal recycling facility in the Katowice area of Poland.
Edwin Leijinse, chair of the TSR Group, says, “Taking over an existing scrapyard in Dabrowa Górnicza represents the next logical step in our strategic growth in Poland and should especially strengthen the business in southern Poland.”
TSR officially took over ownership of the yard on Aug. 1. The previous owner of the facility was Marell/KEM.
TSR has two enterprises in Poland: TSR Inowroclaw, which operates a scrapyard in Inowroclaw, Poland, and since 2011, has been concentrating on the market in northwestern Poland; and TSR Poland, headquartered in Katowice, which has been active in southern Poland since 2012 as a trading company up to now without scrap yards.
Christoph Schmidt will head TSR’s operations in Poland as general manager for activities.
According to TSR, with a population of more than 38 million, Poland is the sixth most populous country in the European Union (EU). Since joining the EU in 2004, the Polish metal processing business has developed dynamically. Once the newly acquired scrap yard is operating at maximum level, the company expects to process between 8,000-10,000 metric tons of ferrous scrap with a more modest amount of nonferrous scrap also being handled.
TSR continues, noting that it estimates that the market for scrap iron in Poland amounts to about 6 million metric tons per year, of which 1 million metric tons are exported primarily to Germany and the Baltic countries.
TSR has 150 branch locations throughout Europe. The company trades more than 8 million tons of scrap per year.