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Celebrations for 50-year-young Bollegraaf

The Netherlands – Hundreds of dignitaries have helped Bollegraaf Recycling Solutions, the Dutch specialist in high-tech waste sorting systems, to celebrate its 50th birthday at its plant in Appingedam.

The Bollegraaf plant is considered to be one of the world’s most advanced machine plants for the recycling industry. For instance, many welding processes are done by robots, ensuring a constant weld quality. Plates are cut using CNC-controlled plasma equipment and processed automatically on a CNC-controlled plate bending machine, also robot-controlled.

Half a century ago, company founder Hartog Bollegraaf was a scrap yard owner and a trader in scrap iron – but he preferred to build rather than to break and so he started producing vertical balers in his plate-cutting plant. The company then began developing stackers and conveyor belts, and was increasingly requested to provide comprehensive waste processing solutions. Led by current CEO Heiman Bollegraaf, what was previously a purely Dutch company has now become a multi-national enterprise.

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