Catalysts-Recycling BASF Expands Catalysts-Recycling in Cinderford, England

Editor: Dominik Stephan

New high-performance milling and decanning equipment doubles the production capacity of BASF's major European site for catalysts recycling in Cinderford, UK. The new technology not only boosts turnovers, but also increases product yield, the company states.

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Detailed view of a three-way conversion catalyst: The BASF plant at Cinderford, England, mainly processes used catalysts from scrap cars.
Detailed view of a three-way conversion catalyst: The BASF plant at Cinderford, England, mainly processes used catalysts from scrap cars.
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Cinderford/United Kingdom – The world's biggest chemicals firm has completed the installation and start-up of new high-performance milling and decanning equipment at its Cinderford, Gloucestershire, UK, precious metal recycling operation, more than doubling the plant’s production capacity.

“By enhancing our operating infrastructure, we have significantly increased production throughput at the Cinderford site and improved our ability to provide customers with faster turnaround times on their metal returns, enabling improved cash flows,” said David Freidinger, BASF Vice President, Precious Metals Recycling & Refining. “In addition, our investment in next-generation milling and shearing equipment will allow us to keep pace with the increased volume of scrap autocatalysts that will come to market in the years ahead.”

Automotive catalytic converters are one of the largest users of PGMs, accounting for more than half of the world’s annual mining output. When an automobile is scrapped, the precious metal contained in the catalytic converter can be recycled, creating a sustainable secondary supply source for such limited global resources.

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