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Steinert takes testing
to the next level
Sensor sorting and magnetic separation technology specialist Steinert has
unveiled a new test and development centre to the north of Cologne in Germany,
enabling the company to treble its testing capacity and thus be more flexible in
responding to customer needs.
or over 130 years, Steinert has specialised
in building machinery that enables cus-
tomers to find and extract resources from
metal, waste and minerals. The machines can
justifiably be called ‘Resource Search Engines’.
They satisfy increasingly varied sorting tasks,
not only providing Steinert with strong busi-
ness growth but also helping to keep resources
Through decades of experience, Steinert
has come to understand the importance of
collaborative working and the benefits pro-
vided by interdisciplinary exchanges. For this
reason, the development team and the test
centre’s applications specialists have moved to
a new site at Pulheim, 7 km north of Steinert’s
headquarters. The new premises also house
the company’s R&D team, ‘allowing custom-
ers to derive even more benefits from the lat-
est developments’, according to Steinert.
Each of the 30-plus employees in the R&D
departments have room for practical appli-
cation tests as well as a sophisticated lab en-
vironment to build the bridge between ideas
Serving industries rather than regions
Four years ago, Steinert decided to reor-
ganise its sales structure, shifting its focus
from regional or geographical areas to indus-
try divisions, thereby enabling the company
to put more emphasis on specific customer
needs. This strategic change has also seen wel-
come growth in personnel numbers within
the sales and test centre departments.
By the end of this year, an additional waste
sorting line will complete the system. A set-
up focused on mining has already been im-
plemented and will enter operation together
with the metal processing line. This will allow
Steinert to put a stronger focus on each area
of the business and increase the efficiency of
its testing and development work.
Once completed, the test facility will cover
the same area as a football pitch. Total invest-
ment will be around EUR 7 million. The
flowsheets developed for the various sorting
streams are comparable in size with many
More capacity, more visitors
In the past, more than 500 customers used
to visit Steinert’s former test centre each year.
Through the above-mentioned increase in
size and thereby capacity, this number has the
potential to grow so as to expand the oppor-
tunities for customers to experience at first
hand the wide range of products and applica-
tions on offer from Steinert: from magnetic
separators to sensor-based sorting systems,
such as X-ray transmission, X-ray fluores-
cence and near-infrared (NIR).
In order to fulfil its responsibilities in light
of the Covid-19 pandemic, the visitor experi-
ence will be conducted under the necessary
precautions in order to ensure the safety of
staff and visitors alike.
If you want to learn more about Steinert’s
services, find your dedicated sales contact
person at www.Steinertglobal.com
A presence in every corner of the globe
The history of Steinert dates back 130 years. The family-owned, Cologne-based busi-
ness is one of the world’s leading experts in sensor sorting and magnetic separation for
waste and metal recycling, as well as mining. With 340 employees, Steinert generates an
annual turnover of approximately EUR 100 million. In addition to 50 sales partnerships
and joint ventures across the globe, the company has subsidiaries in Germany, Australia,
Brazil and the USA.
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