Executive Board Chairman Roland Harings discusses challenges, approaches, and hard decisions.
A brief overview of our business model, and why recycling is becoming more and more important to us as a driver of earnings.
What recycling raw materials do we use, what innovations are we researching, and what trends benefit us? Three behind-the-scenes reports.
A discussion with Prof. Reuter on why we have to rethink product design and an interview with Ms. von Hahn about how Aurubis helps shape metal recycling from a political angle.
A report on the dialogue between the companies TKF and Aurubis about CO2 emissions, closed loops, and why metals are here to stay.
Our credo: the more complex, the better
Slags, electronic scrap, and filter dust – Andreas Nolte recognizes the intrinsic value of things that most people would consider waste material. He knows where the real treasures can be found in recycling – and how to recover them.
Scrap metal: made in Europe
Aurubis sources most of its recycling raw materials directly from Europe. The metal processor relies on a network of specialized companies that concentrate on collecting, sorting, and preprocessing these materials. Aurubis also obtains materials directly from its industrial customers. “Our supplier portfolio comprises companies numbering in the mid-triple-digit range,” says Nolte. “They all undergo our Business Partner Screening process. We don’t buy anything from anyone we don’t know.”
The suppliers receive the delivered material directly from consumers in some cases – from recycling centers, community waste collection points, or scrapyards. Metal that lands in the normal garbage by mistake also makes its way to Aurubis in the form of metallic residues in ashes from waste incineration. Likewise, metallic remnants and waste products that collect in production processes are also redirected to the value cycle through different recycling methods, if possible. This cyclical approach doesn’t just make good business sense, it’s also part of the Aurubis Sustainability Strategy.
A huge shredder dismantles complex materials such as computer parts in Lünen. A misting machine controls the ensuing dust.