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World news round-up 3 October 2014

Novelis opens new plant; £1.2m AFCO facility; plastic waste treatment in India; US EfW plant plans dropped; NZ tyre plans on hold; iron-ore mine in Brazil

Novelis opens world-beating plant

The world’s largest aluminium recycling facility has been opened by Novelis

The £160m complex has the capacity to process up to 400,000 tonnes – four times that of the group’s Warrington plant – and is sited next to the an existing rolling mill in Nachterstedt, Germany.

Novelis chief executive Phil Martens said the plant was part of the company’s drive to shift its business model from a traditional linear approach to a closed-loop model.

“This new facility further strengthens Novelis’ leadership in Europe and, together with our major recycling operations in Asia, North America and South America, solidifies Novelis’ position as the global aluminium recycling leader,” he said.

Since 2011, the company said it has doubled its global recycling capacity to 2.1 million tonnes a year and raised its recycled content from 30% to 46%. Its goal is to achieve 80% recycled content by 2020.

MRW report

Aluminium plant in Illinois

AFCO Industries, a US-based aluminium components manufacturer, is planning to open a production plant in Olmsted, Illinois with financial assistance from the state. The company is anticipating the cost of the plant to be about $1.9m (£1.2m) and expects to double its aluminium production capabilities.

Recycling Today

Treatment plant in India

Udham Singh Nagar, a district of Uttarakhand state in northern India, is planning to construct an advanced plastic waste treatment plant in collaboration with a private firm at Rudrapur. The plant will treat wastes to generate electricity, diesel and biodegradable coal tar.

The Times of India

EfW incinerator dropped

Allentown in Pennsylvania has terminated a 35-year contract signed in 2012 with Delta Thermo Energy for an energy-from-waste plant along Little Lehigh Creek. Financing is one reason for the termination, in addition to the inability of the contractor to fulfil the contract under the set timetable.

Lehigh Valley

NZ tyre converter plans suspended

A payment dispute has halted plans to introduce a portable tyre cutter in New Zealand intended to process up to 40% of the 4.5 million tyres landfilled there each year by 2016. Otaki-based business Detyre ordered the machine a year ago from Riverbank Engineering, who claim $86,000 is still owed and will not deliver the machine until the payment is made. A government grant of $27,255 was given for the project in March.

Brazil iron mine approved

Mining group Anglo American has been granted a licence to begin production at the Minas-Rio iron ore mine and processing plant in the Minas Gerais state, Brazil. The mine has an output prediction of 11-15 million tonnes for the first year. Anglo American closed the $5.5bn deal to purchase the site in 2008.

Mining Technology

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