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Metal industry leaders EMR set standards in ever changing marketplace

Robert Mawer

DATING to the 1940s, EMR started off in a small Rochdale-based facility. Today they have 170 operational sites globally, with over 70 sites in the UK and 4,000 employees worldwide.

EMR’s international influence in the metal recycling industry has resulted with the organisation becoming a leading global metal recycler.

Whether working with customers to recycle an aircraft carrier or a toaster, EMR’s workforce offer the same passionate service. This consistency has allowed the company to grow – with a strategic presence in countries such as Germany, The Netherlands and the USA.

EMR’s UK Commercial Manager, Robert Mawer (ABOVE) said: “Some of our biggest volumes of metal arise from end-of-life vehicles, waste management companies, and manufacturing companies. We’re also heavily involved in household metal waste, domestic appliance processing, and industrial scrap metal.

“Taking years of metal recycling experience in the UK, EMR have replicated that success into other countries, providing an unbeatable recycling capability.

“Annually, we recycle 10 million tonnes of scrap metal, made up of around nine million tonnes of ferrous along with around one million tonnes of non-ferrous.”

As well as handling phenomenal amounts of metal recyclates, EMR, like many companies in the waste sector, have had to deal with uncertainty and economic challenges.

Having bases around the globe has allowed EMR to constantly move scrap in order to take advantage of both the domestic market and the international stage, selling to different fluctuating markets all the while reducing economic risk.

Robert added: “By innovating and focusing on the cost base, EMR remains adaptable to these challenges. It is also important not to speculate on pricing given the volatility in the metal markets. This is crucial in managing risk.”

Across global sites, EMR provides a one-stop-shop service to any customer, large or small – with a transparent auditable process.

All facilities dealing with ELVs have a depollution rig, which allows EMR to pull out materials such as batteries and fluids for processing. EMR then send these fluids to various compliance schemes, while transferring remaining elements of a vehicle to EMR’s shredding facilities to be processed, in order to benefit from all waste streams.

One focus for EMR is to provide a zero-waste-to-land ll service for the organisation’s ELV processing. This is done through several sustainable stages, beginning with a separation process where residue goes through a facility, allowing EMR to take out and process the fine plastics, aggregates and metallic materials.

EMR then process the residues from these materials in their gasification plant, to create energy and recover valuable resources. Remaining competitive is pivotal, but to keep the wheels turning on such a huge scale, it is important to invest back into the business.

EMR abide by all Environmental Protection requirements, such as providing impermeable on-site surfaces. They are also heavily focused on the safety of all staff and are aiming to maintain their industry leading position.