Essex-based scrap metal recycling specialists, Benfleet Scrap Co. Ltd, has invested in the latest advanced metals sorting equipment from TOMRA Recycling Sorting for its new metals recycling plant in Benfleet, one of three sites owned by the ferrous and non-ferrous metal merchant. The family-run company was established in 1995, however the Leeman family have been active in the metal industry for four generations.
The X-TRACT is TOMRA's most advanced x-ray metals sorting unit
Investing in the new X-TRACT unit has enabled Benfleet to achieve 99 % pure aluminium scrap for resale to primary smelters who are increasingly demanding the highest purity grade of aluminum product for their remelting process as any heavy metal content affects the melt specifications. Benfleet is aiming to increase plant throughput even more during Q4 when the project will be completed, and a purpose-built building will be installed to house the X-TRACT unit.
The X-TRACT unit enables Benfleet to achieve 99 % pure aluminium scrap
“We’re noticing a surge in demand for cleaner scrap metal fractions so when designing our new plant we knew we wanted to take advantage of the latest automated sorting solutions to maximise yield and purity. The plant has only been up and running for a matter of months, but we’re already a lot of interest in the recovered material, particularly when we tell customers that we’re using sorting equipment from TOMRA as their products are known to be the best in the industry. The new X-TRACT is enabling us to capture 99 % pure aluminium so it’s giving us a commercial advantage to sell high grade material for use in the production of new aluminium products.”
Terence Keyworth, Segment Manager Metal Recycling North/East Europe, adds: “The Leeman family has been a powerhouse in the metals recycling sector for four generations and this is because they are continually evolving and looking for innovative ways to adapt to the ever-changing needs of the market. We are delighted with the results being achieved using our technology at the Benfleet plant and look forward to supporting the business as it grows.”