Shortly thereafter, West Baumaschinen made its first public appearance in the United Arab Emirates. The Big 5 is the largest and most influential construction industry conference in the Middle East, acting as a gateway between East and West with its global hub in Dubai. One of the attendees was Mr. Haji, then owner of Sharjah-based Al Meezan Metals. At this event, he went to visit Donald West‘s stand to find out about methods for shredding car bodies. On that very same day, the two men went to the Al Meezan plant and inspected the location on site. A pen and a sheet of paper were all that was needed to sketch out a perfect plan for the shredding system that Haji had long been looking for.
Three months later, the high-powered VZ 950 twin-shaft shredder was delivered to Dubai by ARJES. Al-Meezan, which previously was only able to process 3 to 5 t/h with manual flame cutting, could now shred 20 to 25 t/h – a 500 % increase in productivity, and all while removing the need for anyone to get their hands dirty. When Haji retired, he sold the business to a new owner, who took over the ARJES Shredder and continues to operate it profitably.
After six years and more than 12 000 hours of operation, Donald West and various ARJES service technicians flew to Dubai to carry out a major overhaul of the system. The machine remains where it was set up in 2016, with the twin-shaft shredder still running 6 days a week at maximum temperatures beneath the Arabian desert sun. „This machine has been an absolute cornerstone of our operations for many years, helping us to get many more orders throughout the Middle East,“ said Donald West.