Sullivan Metals Purchases Imabe Stationary Shear

New Imabe shear with side ram capability will be the largest of its kind to be installed in the United States.

September 7, 2012
Recycling Today Staff
Equipment & Products

Sullivan Metals of Holyoke, Mass., has purchased a 900-ton stationary side ram shear from Imabe Iberíca of Madrid.

The shear will be the equipment supplier’s largest shear installation in the United States to date, says Manuel San Sebastian, managing director of Imabe of America Co., Imabe’s North American sales division. The parent company manufactures plants and equipment for solid waste and scrap recycling.

Brian Powell Jr., vice president of Sullivan Metals, says flexibility was the primary consideration in deciding to purchase the Imabe stationary shear. The company already owns a Harris 1113B Shear.

“We ultimately wanted to add the flexibility of a logger/baler/shear to the mix to make sure we could process any material, any time, and the most efficient way possible,” explains Powell. He says the company will process all grades of iron with the new shear, which is expected to be up and running by Oct. 1, 2012.

San Sebastian says the 900 ton side ram stationary shear can accommodate a 26-foot charging box, versus a 23-foot maximum capacity that is offered by standard shears. According to San Sebastian, the new shear’s side ram technology provides the capacity and makes the shear unique among others in the United States.

“The side ram allows the client to process really tough, thick structural scrap that cannot be processed in a standard flap system,” San Sebastian notes. He explains that the side ram technology provides more pressure and force to the closing action of the shear, ultimately allowing recyclers more production per hour.

The machine, built at the company’s production facility in Madrid, is expected to be installed at Sullivan Metals in September.

In a related Imabe development, the equipment supplier opened a U.S. sales and support office in Miami. The office was officially opened in November of 2011.

San Sebastian says adding the U.S. location became a priority as the company has broadened its customer base in North America in recent years. Upon Imabe entering the North American market a few years ago, San Sebastian and his team initially traveled back and forth from Spain to meet with customers, but after selling a number of shears in the United States, the idea of opening a U.S. office made more sense.

“We realized to really give good support to our existing clients and really create a strong base, we needed to open that office,” San Sebastian explains.

 In addition to Miami and Madrid locations, Imabe operates locations in Mexico City, which the company has run for more than 25 years, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Spain, Portugal, the U.K, Poland and Russia.

San Sebastian says the Miami office will focus on serving customers throughout the U.S. and Canada.