Aurubis AG and SMS group signed a landmark contract to join forces in a groundbreaking circular economy endeavor: to build the first multi-metal recycling plant in the U.S.
Groundbreaking for Aurubis Richmond took place in mid-2022, and construction is currently running at full steam. Stage one of the plant is scheduled to go online in the first half of 2024. The second stage is anticipated to start production in 2026.
Making e-waste usable again with the required degree of purity requires advanced processes, such as the top-blow rotary converter (TBRC), a highly efficient system for recovering copper, nickel, tin, zinc, precious metals, and platinum group metals. The scope for the Aurubis plant also includes components for sampling and waste gas purification, which are also essential for a sustainable recycling economy.