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High hopes for shred tech expert’s new research playground

Recycling technology provider Andritz has unveiled a new test facility in St Michael, Austria while expanding its research and development activities in the recycling sector through close collaboration with the University of Leoben.

Named ‘ART-Center’, the new Andritz Recycling Technology Center is equipped with innovative shredder technology from the Andritz ADuro product line. Customers are able to conduct recycling tests under true plant conditions with industrial-scale equipment.

The ADuro shredders can be used for primary and for secondary shredding as well as the fine granulation and dismantling of composite materials. Tests can be done with different waste streams while complete recycling processes can also be replicated.

‘We know how important it is to improve processes and products on a continuous basis,’ says Michael Waupotitsch, vice president reject & recycling at Andritz. ‘That is why we are also offering our customers the opportunity to experiment with new machines and configurations in the ART-Center in order to find the best possible solution for the respective need.’

Scientific hotspot 

The new technology centre covers a total area of 3 600 m2 and is available to recycling customers from different industries as well as research and development organisations. It is also home to the newly opened Digital Waste Research Lab of the University of Leoben – a research centre for waste processing and waste management.

The collaboration between Andritz the university creates synergies between research and industry in order to develop technologies and products for the future needs of the recycling industry. ‘New, innovative sorting and processing technologies can convert more and more of our waste into useful secondary raw materials,’ stresses Dr Roland Pomberger, professor at the University of Leoben and head of the chair of Waste Processing Technology and Waste Management.

Growing tech hub

Andritz’ new test and research centre represents a next step in the development of south Austria’s Green Tech Valley where 20 technology firms and 1 800 university researchers are already jointly working on solutions for climate protection and the circular economy.

The official opening of the ART-Center will take place as part of a virtual live-stream event on 12 November. For more information, visit www.andritz.com/art-center.

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