BHS Opens European Headquarters
United States-based Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) has announced the formation of BHS Europe, headquartered in Amsterdam. The creation of the headquarters follows BHS’ acquisition of Nihot Recycling Technology BV in January.
Heading the new office will be Cees Duijn, who has been named managing director of BHS Europe. He is a longtime industry veteran and director of development at Nihot.
Duijn’s responsibilies will include managing the region’s sales, product delivery and customer service of BHS’ products and systems. The systems feature BHS screening technology, Nihot air technology and National Recovery Technologies’ (NRT) optical sorters. System design and integration is provided by BHS.
“We are committed to providing first-class sales, service and support to our customers throughout the world,” says BHS CEO Steve Miller. “As we continue to build our European footprint and customer base, it’s important to us that we have the pieces in place to support this growth. After working together for many years, I have a great deal of respect for Cees and his team, and am truly excited about the future of BHS Europe under his direction,” Miller adds.
“BHS offers the most innovative and profitable solutions in the industry, and as customers throughout this continent continue to embrace BHS’ premium systems, we will continue to support them,” says Duijn. “BHS Europe reflects a commitment to our customers. As our forward-thinking clientele continues to change the way the world treats waste, BHS will be with them every step of the way.”
Metso Looks to Sell Off Business Units
The board of directors for Helsinki-based Metso Corp. has announced it is studying the potential separation of its pulp, paper and power businesses into a new company. Metso would keep its current Mining and Construction and Automation businesses after the possible separation.
The goal of the spinoff would be to help both companies capitalize on their strengths in their respective markets faster and more efficiently.
Jukka Viinanen, Metso chairman, says Metso has developed its business units to the point where entering the next stage of development would be smoother as separate companies. “Both of them are strong global businesses with well-established positions in their customer industries. By separating the two, we would seek to accelerate strategy implementation, as clearer business structures would increase the focus and ambition of the two companies with distinct growth strategies. The board also believes that both companies would be seen as attractive investments, which has the potential to increase value for our shareholders.”
Columbus McKinnon Europe Delivers Two TDF Processing Systems to France
Columbus McKinnon, based in the United States, has partnered with end-of-life tyre recycler Gilles Henry SARL and has delivered two complete recycling systems for scrap tyre reduction in France. The systems are designed to produce clean cut tyre-derived fuel (TDF) for a number of cement and renewable energy companies throughout Europe. The agreement was organised through the French tyre association Aliapur.
CM installed a primary shredder and single-speed shredder for making a variety of tyre chip sizes, including 38 mm, 50 mm, 75 mm and 100 mm TDF as required by individual markets. Each of the single-speed shredders is equipped with interchangeable classifiers to accommodate each of these chip sizes. Gilles Henry installed these two systems at their facilities located in the Normandie and Lorainne regions of France.
Gilles Henry SARL is a privately owned company managed by co-owners Gilles Henry and his partner Annie Simon. It is headquartered in the French city of Nancy. Giles Henry been processing end-of-life tyres for more than 15 years and got its start in Chaudeney sur Moselle.
Aliapur is the managing authority for all processed tyre material in France.
UNTHA UK Expands to the Ireland Market
Shredder manufacturer UNTHA UK has announced plans to expand its support services in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland under the leadership of Chris Oldfield.
The company says its expansion into the Irish market signifies the latest phase of UNTHA UK’s continued growth. Recent industry reports state that Northern Ireland has earmarked £500,000 ($777,000) of Rethink Waste grants for landfill diversion projects proposed in the next two years. The company hopes to assist the country as it works to satisfy 2020 recycling targets.
Meanwhile, the Republic of Ireland is working to achieve 2016 biodegradable waste diversion targets. With a link between economic growth and waste production, action needs to be taken, Oldfield says. “Councils, private sector organisations and households across the entire island are in need of the best possible support, advice and technology, if they are to continue to experience success in terms of waste prevention and diversion to recovery.
“I look forward to our reputation spreading throughout Northern and Southern Ireland as we work with waste management professionals who want to improve their resource efficiencies and turn today’s rubbish into tomorrow’s profits.”
Oldfield says the expansion will not affect its existing support structure in the United Kingdom.
“We have maintained a steady recruitment strategy which has seen our team of waste management, engineering and customer service experts grow accordingly,” he comments. “Moving into Ireland is the next logical step.”
Danieli Acquires Riverside Products
Italian steel and engineering company Danieli & C Officine Meccaniche S.p.A. has purchased Riverside Products Inc., based in Bettendorf, Iowa, United States, adding to its recycling-related business portfolio.
According to a news release issued by Danieli, Danieli will take control of primary facilities in Bettendorf and satellite operations in the United Kingdom and China. The ongoing business will adopt the name Danieli Riverside Products.
Larry Hotaling, president of Riverside Products, and Kevin Toft, the company’s vice president, will maintain their roles within the senior management team of Danieli Riverside Products.
“The Riverside product line and business units will be merged into the Danieli Centro Recycling division,” says Emanuele Brusini, Danieli’s executive vice president. “Riverside Products has been an active supplier of highly engineered rotors and wear parts to the worldwide metals recycling industry for over 50 years. The reputation for engineering excellence held by Riverside Products was a key driver behind this acquisition,” he adds.
With annual revenue of more than ¤3 billion ($3.9 billion), Danieli is a privately controlled engineering and manufacturing group. “In the past year Danieli has delivered significant turnkey projects for scrap processing facilities within our traditional steelmaking markets,” Brusini notes.
Sennebogen expands dealer network
Sennebogen, based in Straubing, Germany, has expanded its dealer network in Asia. The manufacturer has added PT Gaya Makmur Tractors of Jakarta, Indonesia, as a distributor of its material handlers and cranes in the region. PT Gaya Makmur Tractors is selling Sennebogen’s Green line and Crane line.
PT Gaya Makmur Tractors (Tractors GM) has served the industry as a dealer of construction equipment since 2005. The company has six branches in the Indonesian market. The country is planning more than $400 billion (¤304 billion) in infrastructure investment, Sennebogen reports. New businesses are expected to focus on operations ranging from coal and scrap handling to the numerous ports of the Asian region.
The dealer contract was signed at the bauma 2013 event held in mid-April in Munich, Germany. During the event, sales and service staff of GM Tractors had the opportunity to receive extensive training and education through the subsidiary company PT SENNEBOGEN Asia/Pacific.
“We are looking forward to a fruitful and long-term cooperation with our new partner GM Tractors in a promising growth market,” says company director Erich Sennebogen. “We are convinced that we can win a lot of satisfied customers in Indonesia.”