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Aurubis sets up shop in Georgia

German recycling leader Aurubis is planning a new multi-million copper recycling plant in Augusta, Georgia, the first secondary smelter for multi-metal recycling in the United States.

The company says it will start construction on the EUR 300 million recycling and secondary smelting facility next summer. This expansion in the US, where it already operates one other plant, will create 125 jobs. Aurubis expects the new plant will mainly produce materials catering to the battery and electronics industry,  to be operational in early 2024 and have a capacity of 90 000 tonnes.

Its press release says: ‘In the first ever secondary smelter for multi-metal recycling in the United States, circuit boards, copper cable, and other recycling materials containing metals will be processed into 35 000 tonnes of blister copper annually.

Roland Harings, ceo of Aurubis, says: ‘With this investment, we’re setting a clear example of sustainable growth and will become a forerunner for multi-metal recycling in the US – a role that we already have in Europe.’

The negotiations with Aurubis go back almost a year, according to Georgia Department of Economic Development.

Commissioner Pat Wilson says: ‘I would like to warmly welcome Aurubis to Georgia. We are so proud that this innovative company will build the first multi-metal recycling plant in the United States in Richmond County.

‘Team Georgia came together to make this possible and I would like to thank our partners in Augusta and our leadership for supporting one of the largest German investments in our state.’

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