Sennebogen handlers sort recyclables from waste

Two new Sennebogen 818 M material handlers are helping to sort 150,000 tonnes per year of discarded household and and commercial materials for a waste management authority in western Germany.

According to a news release from Sennebogen, which is based in Germany, the two handlers are at work for Entsorgungswirtschaft Soest GmbH (ESG), the waste management authority for the district of Soest in the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany.

To handle the materials generated by 300,000 residents in the region, ESG has been working with two private companies, Remondis and Veolia Umweltservice, since 1993.

A regional Sennebogen sales and service dealer delivered the two new 818 Ms at the beginning of 2015.

The company says this generation of its material handlers is powered by a 103-horsepower (97-kilowatt) diesel engine and features a 30-foot (9-metre) reach and numerous safety features.

The cab, which can be elevated up to 18 feet (2.7 metres), “gives operators an excellent view of the work area,” Sennebogen says, as the 818 Ms sort materials and load shipping containers.

The material handlers also are fitted with cameras and work lighting, protective ventilation and access to a grapple scale.

ESG Operations Manager Dirk Conrady says the 818 M’s purpose-built design, wheeled undercarriage, ease of maintenance and simple handling were critical factors in ESG choosing the Sennebogen model.

More information on the 818 M material handler can be found at

BHS-Sonthofen establishes joint venture business in Australia

BHS-Sonthofen, based in Sonthofen, Germany, has established a joint venture business in Austrialia, BHS-Sonthofen (Aust) Pty. Ltd., offering sales, consulting and on-site service.

For the joint venture, BHS collaborated with Gill Wedmore, owner of the mining services business BFG Group Pty. Ltd., and he will serve as chairman of the Newcastle/New South Wales-based joint venture. Wedmore’s own company has been operating BHS-Sonthofen mixers for many years.

BHS Australia will market products for the mixing and crushing business sectors in Australia, as well as for the continent’s recycling, scrap and waste material sectors.

BHS-Sonthofen says the venture employs a team of experienced service specialists who have worked with BHS machines for many years. These employees can perform installations, maintenance and repair work.

Additionally, the company’s facility in Australia is equipped with several test machines for customer use and a spare parts warehouse.

The company says demand for mixing, crushing and recycling machines from BHS-Sonthofen in Australia is continuously increasing. BHS mixers, for example, have been used to backfill mines in Australia for many years, according to the company.

ABN Amro Participaties acquires majority interest in Bollegraaf Recycling Solutions

Amsterdam-based ABN Amro Participaties has acquired a majority interest in Bollegraaf Holding Appingedam BV, the holding company of Bollegraaf Recycling Solutions Group, based in Appingedam, Netherlands. The move was done in part because former Bollegraff Director and owner Heiman S. Bollegraaf is approaching retirement age.

The transaction was completed 18 November 2015. The new shareholders say they intend to strengthen the position of the Bollegraaf Recycling Solutions Group and to promote further growth.

As a result of the transaction, Heiman Bollegraaf has stepped down as managing director of the group. He is succeeded by Edmund Tenfelde, who has served as interim director of the group in recent months. Prior to this role, Tenfelde held chief financial officer and executive board positions at Riwal Holding Group BV, VolkerWessels, DSM, KPN Mobile Satellite Communication and Stork Industry Services, among others.

Heiman Bollegraaf remains affiliated with the company as business development director and will focus on product development and expanding the international client network of family businesses, according to a news release announcing the transaction.

Bollegraaf was incorporated in 1961 as Machinefabriek en Plaatsnijbedrijf H. Bollegraaf by founder Hartog Bollegraaf, father of Heiman Bollegraaf, initially to manufacturer vertical balers. In 1989, Heiman Bollegraaf took over the company.

Bunting supplies magnetic separation solution to UK-based plastics recycler

United Kingdom-based Bunting Magnetics Europe Ltd. says it has worked closely with U.K.-based recycling company Hanbury Plastics Recycling (HPR) Stoke to provide a magnetic separation system.

Bunting Magnetics Europe designs, manufactures and supplies a wide range of metal separation equipment.

From its plant in Stoke-on-Trent, HPR specialises in creating plastic feedstock by sorting comingled commercial, industrial and postconsumer scrap into separate polymer streams. HPR offers recycled plastics in a variety of formats, including bales, shred, regrind, agglomerate and compound.

HPR operates 24 hours per day and continues to increase capacity for infeed and output. The design capacity of the plant is approximately 50,000 tonnes per year, and HPR presently has an output of approximately 35,000 tonnes per year with its new second line. This equates to 5 tonnes per hour of mixed product.

Infeed material is received from a wide variety of sources, including local authority material recovery facilities (MRFs). The mixed baled material is sized, with the plus-10 millimetre fraction passing under an overband crossbelt magnet to remove and recover ferrous metals. An eddy current separator then removes nonferrous metals from the material, which is then passed onto a series of optical sorters.

Bunting says it worked with HPR on the primary magnetic separation stage. This involved several site visits from Carlton Hicks, sales manager for Bunting U.K.

Roger Evans, HPR Stoke technical director, says, “Bunting was able to manufacture a bespoke solution based on their experience of the application rather than simply provide an ‘off-the-shelf’ solution.”

Sesotec hosts service training seminar in Germany

Sesotec (formerly S+S) of Germany held an Advanced Service Training workshop in September 2015 for service engineers with the company’s Sorting Recycling Business Unit at Sesotec’s main factory in Schönberg, Germany.

Martin Aschenbrenner (standing), head of Sesotec service engineer training, informs his colleagues about innovations in sorting technology.

This seminar included the latest information in the field of near infrared (NIR) technology and object analysis. It also focused on subjects such as filter settings, color programs and application know-how, the company says.

Participants included service engineers Mauricio Zarinana and Charles Hancock of Sesotec USA, Mark Tate of Sesotec UK, Kevin Tam of Sesotec Asia and Alexander Widenka from Sesotec Germany.

Martin Aschenbrenner, Sesotec specialist for internal service training and customer training, lead the training.

Sesotec has been making sorting machines and systems for the recycling industry for 40 years, with systems in operation around the world. The company offers installation, commissioning, spare parts, inspection, maintenance, service, training, repairs and system overhauls.

The company says its service engineers undergo training to provide each of the company’s customers with the right solution for its individual operations.

Erema UpCentre opens

Erema opened its UpCentre 20 November, 2015, in Gunskirchen, Austria, near the company’s headquarters in Ansfelden, Austria, “generating interest throughout the international plastics industry supply chain, from collecting and sorting companies to producers of washing plants to recyclers and plastics processors to polymer producers and research institutes,” according to the firm. With its UpCentre, Erema customers now have access to Corema technology for the sampling of recycling compounds.

The Corema system unites recycling and compounding in a single process step, Erema says.

Robert Obermayr, Corema product manager, says, “On the way from recyclates to made-to-measure recycling compounds, you need a lot of fine tuning in practice.”

Customers can now take advantage of the UpCentre to produce tonnes of samples quickly and flexibly, Erema says. They also can benefit from the process engineering know-how of EREMA and Coperion—two global market leaders in their fields.

The UpCentre features a Corema 1108 T for a maximum monthly production of 500 tonnes, Erema says.

The company invested roughly €2 million in the UpCentre, saying that to enable these recyclates to be used 1:1 as a substitute for virgin material, they must have exactly specified, customised property profiles.

Processors are interested most in the trouble-free further processing of recycled pellets and the assurance of the functional characteristics of the end products produced from them, according to Erema.