Austria-based industrial shredder manufacturer UNTHA says it has witnessed significant growth in Italy following a collaboration with Ecotec Solution, an environmental technology firm based in that nation.
According to an UNTHA press release, in the second half of 2016 and the first half of 2017, Ecotec Solution has secured six “high-value projects” for the Austrian shredding firm.
Those projects include the installation of three XR mobil-e units for waste-to-energy facilities. One is in Trieste, Italy, handling bulky materials for cement fuel preparation, and two others are shredding pretreated municipal solid waste (MSW) to “create varied products, including an infeed material for heat treatment.”
Other sales include a static XR3000C shredder for solid recovered fuel (SRF) production; an XR2000R shredder to process MSW; and a TR2500 post-shredder to produce a refined cement fuel from a pre-treated light fraction.
“In the face of a complex waste landscape, we work hard to help Italian clients realize the benefits of the value chain,” says Ecotec Solution’s Managing Director Martin Mairhofer. He adds, “We need to recommend the world’s best technologies to do this, and our knowledge of UNTHA’s shredding technology has really helped in this respect over the past 12 months.”
Elaborating on the specific challenges facing Italian waste and recycling firms, Mairhofer comments, “Landfill sites are closing and, due to a lack of more traditional waste disposal options, companies are looking for new channels for their residual materials. High prices for SRF make this non-traditional treatment method an attractive alternative, but a significant degree of investment is required to design and build commercially robust plants.”
Concludes Mairhofer, “UNTHA’s advancements in single-step, high-performance and cost-efficient fuel preparation technology have opened up new margin opportunities for the industry’s more forward-thinking players. These are the companies that are going to fill the waste gap in our evolving market.”
UNTHA has now installed more than 9,000 shredders worldwide, including more than 150 of its most XR models.