Recycler boosts Sheffield plant

Tom Bird, managing director of the UK arm of Van Dalen.
Tom Bird, managing director of the UK arm of Van Dalen.
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Leading metals recycler Van Dalen is creating jobs at its UK headquarters in Sheffield after installing a state-of-the-art shredder at the Grange Mill Lane site.

The Dutch-owned group says it is creating up to 25 jobs in Sheffield after investing £6 million in the shredder, as well as expanding facilities in the south east and creating new roles in purchasing and operations.

Van Dalen's state-of-the-art Sheffield metals shredder

Van Dalen's state-of-the-art Sheffield metals shredder

Van Dalen UK managing director Tom Bird said: “Although market conditions have been challenging, we’ve had a really positive 12 months.

“The shredder will transform our Sheffield facility, making it a state-of-the-art metal recycling centre.

“The focus on non-ferrous operations will complement our existing success in the ferrous arena, helping us to grow volume and market share.

“In turn, we hope to provide further investment and job creation opportunities in the UK.”

The new Sheffield shredder is being used to process ferrous scrap.

It will make it easier to separate, handle, store and transport processed scrap, boosting its quality and value.

Van Dalen UK supplies the major steel mills and a large number of foundries and export to markets throughout the world from its deep sea facilities.

The investment comes after a successful 12 months for Van Dalen UK, during which total capacity increased to 500,000 tonnes a year.

The company hopes to double that figure during the next three years, through a mixture of operational investments and strategic partnerships.

News of the expansion comes as Dutch parent group Van Dalen celebrates its 65th birthday.

The group currently operates 17 shredding and baling sites in the UK and Northern Europe.