The production of shredded scrap
has two components: the manufacturers who build and sell
equipment to handle the scrap, and the scrap operations that
then process and bring the material to market.
A sophisticated and competitive
marketplace has developed in recent years for companies
offering shredders to the scrap industry. These expensive
pieces of equipment come in different sizes, capacities and
processing speedsa variety that has allowed even smaller
scrap businesses the opportunity to enter the race for shredded
Some companies that recently
have sold shredders to U.S. operations include American
Pulverizer Co., St. Louis; Helsinki, Finland-based Metso Corp.;
Riverside Engineering Inc., San Antonio; and Tonawanda,
N.Y.-based Wendt Corp.
Automobile shredders are setting
new standards for efficiency, reliability and ease of
maintenance, according to these companies, and they also offer
reduced energy consumption while producing clean, high-density
scrap at optimum tonnages. In todays competitive
environment, such companies seek to fill all market niches.
For example, Wendts line
of auto shredder systems includes the Model 60 Shredder with
1,000 to 2,000 horsepower at the smaller end and climbs all the
way to the 6,000- to 10,000-horsepower Model 130/134 Heavy
Shredder. Several large scrap businessesmore than 40, by
some countshave opted for the latter.
But some sellers who want to get
a toehold in the shredded business are choosing smaller
shredders because of their affordability, their size and the
ability they offer scrap companies to more closely meet the
needs of their local markets.
"While there is still demand for
the larger, centralized shredders, we have developed the Model
60 shredder to allow companies to decentralize their shredding
operations," a Wendt spokesman said. "Instead of having
multiple feeder yards supplying a large shredder, the feeder
yards are able to produce their own shred."
These developments in equipment
have allowed scrap companies to concentrate more fully on the
business end of the shredded market. Several shredder
expansions have been announced in recent weeks.
American Auto Salvage Recycling
Inc., Mays Landing, N.J., has purchased an American Pulverizer
shredding system that should be up and running at its new
Millville, N.J., site by the end of the summer. All work will
be conducted inside, and a downstream design team from Hustler
Conveyor will work to eliminate noise and dust concerns. "It
should be running by August," company president Joe Silapena
said. "We expect to train someone in-house to run the shredder
and will hire about 30 people."
The project is expected to cost $13 million.