Stena plans significant investments in Halmstad
06 Mar 2014
Stena has selected Halmstad for a major initiative in recycling technology. The plan is to create the most modern facility in Sweden, where recyclable material from the whole of society is processed and turned into raw material for Nordic industry. The initiative in Halmstad involves significant investment by the Stena Metall Group in the coming years and will also, if plans go ahead, lead to new recruitment.
Just over a year ago, production ceased at the Pilkington glass factory. If Stena's plans go ahead a large part of this facility will be put to new use over the next few years. This will involve state of the art recycling. The existing buildings have proved well suited to setting up effective processes where production waste from industry and discarded consumer products can be recycled into raw materials that can be used again. In a sustainable society, recycling is of increasing importance. This operation will offer significant energy savings while preserving the Earth's resources.
– The investment we are preparing to make in Halmstad will, over time, become the largest in the Stena Metall Group for many years. Halmstad is already an important part of Stena Metall's operational structure. When we got the opportunity to acquire the Pilkington property, it was natural for us to invest and expand the environmental benefits with the most up-to-date recycling processes. Here, we are also well placed to deal with material from Denmark, Norway and Finland. Logistically, Halmstad harbor is important to us and we welcome their plans for the future, says Staffan Persson, Managing Director of Stena Recycling AB, one of the companies within Stena Metall that will operate from the facility.
Rasmus Bergström is Managing Director of Stena Technoworld AB, Stena Metal Group’s electronic waste recycling company:
– Stena has been involved in recycling for over 70 years. At the same time, it is an industry of the future that will be increasingly important for the whole of society. We have seen a successive increase in EU requirements for recycling, across Europe. Building on the systems we already have in Halmstad, and adding newly developed technology, will enable us to effectively help the Nordic countries meet these requirements. Halmstad also has logistical advantages, as transport can be minimized for the benefit of the environment, he says.
What, specifically, are Stena’s plans for its operations and processes?
– In simple terms, one could call it a factory in reverse. Waste from industry and discarded products, such as refrigerators, televisions and cars, go in and raw materials come out. These are processed and sorted into different fractions that are supplied to manufacturers who use them for new products, says Staffan Persson.
– In practice, it involves manual and mechanical dismantling and sorting. It is both a “by hand” procedure, where a great material knowledge is required, and also an advanced, automated process where iron and other metals are separated from plastic, wood and other materials. That this can be done indoors, leads to cleaner processes, higher recycling rates and better quality end product - the recycled material, says Rasmus Bergström.
The first part of the initiative is intended to start in late autumn this year. This involves the pre-treatment of electronic waste, from televisions, computers and similar products, which has already been approved by the local authorities.
The other investments are dependent on approval from the local authorities, in accordance with the Swedish Environmental Code. This process will start within the next few days.
– Providing we receive approval, we can realize our investment in Halmstad. This means that we will secure existing jobs and even create new ones, says Staffan Persson.
Facts about The Stena Metall Group, Stena Recycling and Stena Technoworld
The Stena Metall Group recycles and processes metals, paper, electronics, and hazardous waste. Our operations also include international trading in steel, metals and oil. The Group offers quality-assured solutions for every industry and sector of society. www.stenametall.se
Stena Recycling AB is the Group's Swedish recycling company, with almost 100 facilities from Kiruna, in the north, to Trelleborg, in the south. Our goal is to process material into new raw material in the best possible way, contributing to environmental benefits and economic advantages for our customers. www.stenarecycling.se
Stena Technoworld recycles electronics, refrigerators, freezers and other white goods. We provide first-class processes and solutions based on state of the art processing. All possible requirements are met at our highly efficient and environmentally sound branches. www.stenatechnoworld.se
This is what we do within recycling at Stena (link to the animated film on YouTube: