S Norton & Co has invested more than £10m in plant, cranage and associated site works to increase efficiency and capacity at its Barking site in east London.
One of the UK’s prominent metals recyclers, the family- owned firm has installed a Henschel 1250 pre-compression shear machine at its five-acre export facility in River Road.
With a capacity of 40 tonnes an hour, the machine is now in full production and is boosting the yard’s heavy-duty scrap processing capacity by 50%.
Site manager Micky Duke said: “Our aim is to increase the tonnages through London while en-abling a quicker turnaround for customer vehicles. This machine with its high pre-compression can create denser material enabling us to maximise cargo stowage for shipping.”
Processed scrap is shipped to various European destinations or sent to S Norton’s sister deep-water facility at Southampton for export worldwide.