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India is US shred tech expert’s new frontier

An explosion in scrap volumes in India is triggering recycling solutions from providers such as the Wendt Corporation. The US shred tech expert has recently joined forces with India’s Proman Infrastructure Services and their new company, Wendt Proman Metal Recycling is said to be ready to conquer the market.

The Buffalo, New York-based Wendt Corporation manufactures shredding and separation technology. Proman, based in Bangalore in southern India, specialises in heavy industrial equipment solutions with a focus on crushing, screening, and material handling solutions.

The joint venture is claimed to be a strong strategic fit leveraging the two companies’ complementary expertise. Employing more than 150 people, Proman will contribute local manufacturing infrastructure, an exclusive sales network, post-sale service and support and expertise in India’s industrial market. Wendt will supply a comprehensive portfolio of shredding and non-ferrous product designs and solutions, engineering support along with 45 years of scrap metal recycling expertise.

Land of opportunity

The companies identify India as an emerging market for shredding and separation technologies. ‘New government regulations in India outline criteria for defining end-of-life vehicles and scrapping them,’ they say.

In addition, the availability of metal scrap is a major issue in India with the current deficit of around seven million tonnes, according to Proman’s managing director R.S. Raghavan. ‘With a recent increase in the consumption of steel [higher car sales] within the Indian market over the past few years, we anticipate the volume of available scrap to also increase, opening up the opportunity for new and modern recycling plants.’

High demand for shredders

Raghavan estimates that with ‘around ten million unfit vehicles’ on the road in India, there is high growth potential for hammermill shredders in the region.

Wendt’s president Tom Wendt is proud to join forces with Proman. ‘It combines our experience in auto shredding and leading-edge technology with their large-scale manufacturing capabilities and India’s market expertise,’ he says. ‘The combination of our complementary services allows us to properly serve the expanding market needs of the Indian market and surrounding regions as a full-service organisation.’

Conference presence

Wendt Proman Metal Recycling will be among the 75-plus exhibitors at the MRAI International Material Recycling Conference to be held early February in Kochi, India. 

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