United States, Augusta (Georgia)01. May 2024

Recovery of copper, nickel, tin, zinc, precious metals, and platinum group metals

Aurubis AG is one of the leading suppliers of non-ferrous metals and one of the largest copper recyclers worldwide. Aurubis and SMS group build the first multi-metal recycling plant for electrical scrap in the USA.

Construction at the Augusta site in Georgia is scheduled to start in the summer of 2022, and beginning in 2024, the plant will recycle around 90,000 metric tons of a wide variety of materials annually.

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.

Our cooperation with Aurubis will extend beyond this project. We have entered into a long-term cooperation agreement to jointly develop and build additional modular multi-metal recycling plants in Europe and North America.

With the investment in Aurubis Richmond, we reinforce our ambitions to continue expanding the recycling of complex, valuable metal-bearing materials and returning them to the material cycle. The SMS group is an extremely competent partner for the setup of the site, a partner that will support us in implementing custom-fit solutions for ecologically sustainable business


3D model of the new installation for Aurubis

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