Austrian metals recycler adds Untha shredder
Paul Losbichler, Schaufler managing director

Austrian metals recycler adds Untha shredder

Schaufler handles copper, aluminum, zinc and stainless steel.

January 16, 2020

Metal separation, processing and recycling specialist Schaufler, headquartered in Ybbs an der Donau, Austria, has invested in a new machine from Untha Shredding Technology, also based in Austria, in an effort to increase the efficiency of its scrap handling operation.

Schaufler has operated in the metals sector since 1948. The company handles copper, aluminum, zinc and stainless steel from scrap dealers, industry, municipal associations and private households, collecting, sorting, shredding and selling the material to smelting works across Europe.

With a desire to develop from a pure trading company into a specialty recycling company, Schaufler sought a preshredding system that could effectively process scrap metal to achieve high-quality, homogenous output, Untha says, allowing further downstream segregation processes to achieve maximum yield.

The company trialed an Untha XR3000C in March 2019 and was impressed with its throughput and low wear rate and has since invested in an XR shredder, Untha says in a press release about the installation.

The unit features the Untha Eco Drive, which can lower energy consumption by 75 percent compared with standard electro-hydraulic drive options, according to the manufacturer.

“In Untha, we have finally found a partner who took our wishes into account and provided targeted, solution-orientated support,” says Paul Losbichler, Schaufler managing director. “We have been particularly impressed with the energy efficiency of the machine and would highly recommend both the unit and the supplier."

Now fully commissioned, the shredder is configured to achieve throughputs of 20 metric tons per hour for copper cables, 8 metric tons for aluminum and 10 metric tons for composites, Untha says.

Untha Sales Manager Daniel Wresnik says, “The XR is user-friendly, easy to maintain and, as we proved with Schaufler’s trial, it can be adapted to suit clients’ very specific requirements.”

The Untha XR range consists of slow-running single-shaft shredders. More than 250 XRs are in operation worldwide, the company says.