The coronavirus crisis may have hit scrap recycling businesses around the world but investment in new machinery and technology in many cases has continued as planned, according to French shear baler manufacturer Copex.
Even at the peak of the pandemic, the company shipped machinery to customers in Europe and Asia, it says in the latest issue of the online Copex Magazine.
A mobile version of the Reflex model shear baler, with a 650 tonnes cutting force was delivered to Lithuanian company UAB Baltic Metal. In March, Sims Metal Management confirmed the purchase of two units of the stationary S-Wing scrap with 1 000 tonnes cutting force, the most powerful of the series recently developed by Copex.
Despite the restrictions, Copex has built a Lidex shear baler for the Polish recycling company Metzlom Ligeza. The unit has a cutting force of 1 000 tonnes, an eight-metre compression box and hydraulics of 4 x 110 kW.
A first in China
Copex has also shipped its first Reflex mobile shear baler to China during this period. This machine has a cutting force of 900 tonnes, a blade width of 900mm and a compression box of seven metres. It will soon be operational at Shoujia Recycling in Nanjing.
Meanwhile, Veolia Recycling Solutions in Sweden has received a 1 000 tonnes cutting force Lidex scrap shear. The machine is designed to meet the specific needs of treatment of oxy-fuel scrap from industries in the Falköping area, northeast of Gothenburg.
Copex has had a subsidiary in Saarbrucken, Germany since January to boost sales and support of its shear balers in German-speaking markets.
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