United States – US scrap metal processor Upstate Shredding-Ben Weitsman is installing a US$ 6 million wire chopping plant in Owego, New York State, that will enable the company to handle lower-grade insulated wiring from the shredding process. Describing the refined material as highly marketable, Upstate owner Adam Weitsman promised: ‘This venture will put North America back in play again.’
The plant, supplied by French manufacturer MTB Recycling, will process copper, aluminum and lead-coated wire, mainly sourced from Upstate’s own yards. The company operates 11 scrap metal collection and processing facilities throughout New York and Pennsylvania.
Additional material will be purchased from third-party shredders and dealers in the US north-east and Canada. A 10 000 square metre warehouse has been commissioned to handle the flow of all non-ferrous material.
MTB’s fully automated four-stage-process is said to be capable of separating cable components highly efficiently, yielding aluminium of 99.7% to 100% purity and copper of 98% to 99.9% purity.
Mr Weitsman described the plant as ‘the only proven, premium solution for recovering wire from shredder residue’. He added that the company’s investment significantly enhanced its sales prospects both domestically and on the export market.
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