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Cable recycling boosted by new partnership

Aurubis has announced a joint venture in Germany to develop the processing and recycling of industrial cables and improve the recovery of copper granules and plastics.

A partnership between the cable dismantling activities of Aurubis subsidiary Cablo Metall-Recycling und Handel and TSR Recycling (TSR) will be finalised early next year. Employees of Cablo in Fehrbellin in Brandenburg and those at a TSR cable pre-processing site in Gelsenkirchen in North Rhine-Westphalia, will be key elements of the joint venture. TSR has a 60% stake and will manage the arrangement.

Cablo has specialised in recycling copper and aluminum cable since 1949 and produces a wide variety of metal granules. The company also fabricates plastic products from cable insulation. The TSR branch in Gelsenkirchen operates two cable granulators and processes various types of cable, recovering copper granules.

Aurubis ceo Roland Harings insists that closing the loop sustainably is a core business and area of growth.

‘When it comes to cable recycling, we view TSR, one of our long-term suppliers of input materials, as the ideal partner to continue developing the vital recycling business. With the joint venture with TSR, we will boost the volume of input materials and create solutions for the plastic materials that accumulate during recycling, which pose a substantial challenge in the recycling of cable waste.’

Bernd Fleschenberg, coo of TSR, added: ‘We now have the opportunity to join our sourcing, production, and marketing know-how in one company to produce high-quality recycling raw materials for reuse in industry, thus closing loops even more effectively along the entire value chain. Our joint venture makes a crucial contribution to enhancing the circular economy and serves as a role model for other material flows as well.’

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