ANDRITZ and ARA sign ­cooperation agreement

International technology group ANDRITZ has signed a cooperation agreement with Altstoff Recycling Aktiengesellschaft (ARA), located in Vienna/Austria, to launch special RDF (refuse-derived fuels) processing technology on the market for the cement industry. ARA offers comprehensive know-how for an all-round circular economy of circular design solutions, waste and material flow management as well as logistics and digitalization.

From left to right: Jürgen Secklehner, Managing Director, ARAplus; Christoph Scharff, Chairman ARA; Michael Waupotitsch, Vice President, Reject and Recycling, ANDRITZ; Franz Frühauf, Sales Director, Reject and Recycling, ANDRITZ
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From left to right: Jürgen Secklehner, Managing Director, ARAplus; Christoph Scharff, Chairman ARA; Michael Waupotitsch, Vice President, Reject and Recycling, ANDRITZ; Franz Frühauf, Sales Director, Reject and Recycling, ANDRITZ
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Through this cooperation, ARA and ANDRITZ are aiming at a significant increase in RDF utilization rates and a considerable reduction in carbon emissions from incineration plants in cement works. The centerpiece of the innovative solution is an ANDRITZ ADuro F shredder, which grinds RDF to very fine particle sizes. With this innovative technology, excellent preconditions are created to substantially increase utilization of RDF. At the same time, it enables the use of carbon-optimized RDF materials for a sustainable and carbon-neutral future.

Christoph Scharff, ARA Chairman explains: “We have been taking climate action for 30 years. Still, we need to do even better to meet the EU’s 2025 recycling targets. To this end, we are taking every possible measure to increase the recycling rate for plastic packaging and keep as much packaging as possible in the recycling loop. Unfortunately, some packaging cannot be recycled because the material is mixed or heavily contaminated. Thanks to our cooperation with ANDRITZ, we have found a way to ensure better and more sustainable recovery of this fraction.”

Michael Waupotitsch, Vice President, Reject and Recycling, at ANDRITZ continues: “ANDRITZ and ARA have proven the feasibility of this new solution in joint trials in our ART Center (ANDRITZ Recycling Technology Center) near Graz/Austria. We are looking forward to successful, long-term collaboration.”

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