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AELS offers ‘green’ aircraft recycling

The Netherlands – Dutch aircraft dismantling specialist Aircraft End-of-Life Solutions (AELS) claims to be offering the aviation industry an environmentally-friendly recycling solution in co-operation with Luxembourg-based Recylux.
From a base near Maastricht Aachen Airport in the Netherlands, AELS will provide aviation maintenance companies with the guaranteed destruction of, and optimal revenue from, unsalvageable components under a process dubbed MRO End-of-Life.

In the aviation sector, secure destruction of used components is of vital importance to ensure that they do not illegally re-enter the market as new products, thereby endangering aircraft safety. Also, aircraft components contain many valuable metals and sometimes hazardous materials.

The MRO End-of-Life service has been developed by AELS in conjunction with potential customers such as Hamilton Sundstrand and Fokker Services. The process encompasses everything from a quarantine area within the maintenance, repair and overhaul facility to final destruction of components and the recycling of the materials. With the AELS approach, recycling of components is estimated to improve 25-40% in comparison to existing processes.

AELS recycles complete aircraft and provides related services. General Manager Derk-Jan van Heerden comments: ‘With this new service, we will not only provide the aviation industry with a better solution for their unrepairable parts but … will also improve the ecological footprint of the complete aviation sector.’

AELS’ partner Recylux is active in five countries. Its General Manager Franck Sertic notes: ‘With AELS, we have a very strong partner to provide this niche market with the specific and dedicated services it requires.’

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