Exhibitor focus: Erdwich

Exhibitor focus: Erdwich

October 16, 2019
Marcia González

Erdwich helps to increase your raw material recovery rates at E-Waste World Conference & Expo

Erdwich began specializing in the recovery of valuable raw materials from electronic waste several years ago with its shredding machinery and complete plants. Today, economical and mature solutions are available for every challenge posed by the WEEE Directive and the company’s experts will be on-hand at E-Waste World Conference & Expo in Frankfurt to highlight its competencies in the field.

The German e-waste specialist uses a combination of coarse shredders and hammer mills for fine shredding, which are a cost-effective choice as a result of their compact size and structural design, which produces a very precise material breakdown – a key factor for efficient further processing.

One of the biggest challenges facing society is to recover valuable raw materials from electrical and electronic waste. More than 40 million tons a year of WEEE worldwide and forecast to double by 2025 present both a challenge and an opportunity. Since only around 40% of the scrap is properly recycled in Germany at present, it can be assumed that the global waste disposal rate is even lower. General electrical and electronic equipment, large and small domestic appliances, refrigerators or fluorescent lamps, PCBs, LCD monitors, PV modules and hard disks should be recycled. In principle, any device that is powered by a power cable or batteries.

The global market for raw materials has long since been an area of speculation with resources in the hands of only a few countries that control the supplies and prices. The situation is particularly dramatic for resources such as rare earths, for example scandium or neodymium, although also gallium or indium, where the global demand will quadruple by the year 2023.

China, the world’s main exporter, dominates the supply side with 90% of the rare earths that are needed for numerous technology products. The recycling of electronic waste will therefore become a decisive factor for success to secure the availability of raw materials for the further growth of important key industries at affordable prices.

Erdwich is an ideal partner to face up to these challenges. The company’s systems generate almost 100% of the recovered raw materials with absolute reliability and the highest purity, and at the same time guarantee impressive operating efficiency.

Erdwich can ensure maximum recovery from all types of e-waste. In the booming market for solar energy, for instance, an increasing number of faulty solar modules are already being returned, modules that are shredded centrally with Erdwich technology, broken down into their constituents, recycled and disposed of. The immediate destruction of rejected materials by systems that are integrated directly in the manufacturer’s production plants is another new market that is also covered by Erdwich.

PCB scrap is produced during both the production as wastage as well as during the correct dismantling of old devices that contain the PCBs and components. A differentiation is thereby made between three classes of PCBs with different valuable metal contents which affect the scrap prices that can subsequently be demanded. All of the requirements on PCB recycling can be reliably satisfied with Erdwich.

Flat-screen monitors contain small amounts of the metal indium as indium-tin oxide (ITO). On account of the small global deposits but simultaneously the sharp rise in demand for indium, in particular for display technologies, its recovery from LCD monitors will become increasingly important in future. Erdwich can also offer first-class, economical recycling concepts for this challenge.

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E-Waste World Conference & Expo takes place from Thursday 14 November to Friday 15 November at the Kap Europa, Frankfurt Messe, Germany. To register for this highly focused, solutions-driven event, please click here. For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, please email peter@trans-globalevents.com

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