A € 7 million processing plant for aluminium and copper containing materials will be completed next year in Heinola/Finland. This is part of the multi-year investment program which aims to increase capacity, enhance material yield and deliver cleaner end products – recycled raw materials.
Multi-phase processing guarantees clean recycled raw materials for foundries and smelters
The facility consists of a pre-crushing line and a separation line. In the pre-crushing line, the material is crushed and separated using magnetic separators, and a wind screen. With a wind screen, for example, paper can be removed from the transformer copper. Some of the materials are already end products after having completed the pre-crushing process.
In the separation line, the material is granulated into small particles to enable separation. For example, based on the weight of the particles, aluminium, copper, and plastic can be separated and collected from cables and radiators.
“By producing cleaner copper and aluminium fractions, we provide our customers with a higher utilisation rate of recycled material. The whole of society benefits from this. Emission savings achieved by Kuusakoski´s products, our carbon handprint, is over ten times more than the emissions caused, our carbon footprint,” reminds Mikko Kuusilehto.
Copper for up to 500 electric cars per week
With a production capacity of about 2.5 tons per hour, about 40 tons of copper can be produced per week. This corresponds to the amount of copper used in approximately 500 electric cars.
Fully operational in March 2023
The investment under construction will be integrated into Kuusakoski´s recycling plant in Heinola. The renovation work at the property and the construction of the infrastructure began last spring. The copper centre is expected to be fully operational in March 2023.
Multi-year green investment program
The copper centre is part of Kuusakoski´s multi-year green investment program, the total value of which has not been published. The investments started this year amount to € 25 million. In the first phase, the company is focusing on improving the competitiveness of its Heinola plant, the largest integrated recycling plant in Northern Europe.