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uRecycle Chooses to Locate its European Hub in the Netherlands

The Finnish battery recycling company will build a new factory in the Port of Rotterdam

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The uRecycle company has announced that it is going to build a new factory in the Port of Rotterdam for both the recycling and re-use of batteries. The facility in the Netherlands will become its European hub for processing industrial and portable batteries.

uRecycle is one of the top-three battery recyclers in Europe. The company, which also has branches in Finland, Sweden and Great Britain, recently entered into an alliance in the Netherlands with Stichting Stibat Services (Stibat), the Dutch organization responsible for collecting (portable) batteries.

uRecycle also has contracts with similar collection organizations in North-Western Europe and with forklift manufacturers, and importers of cars and e-bikes, among others.

Sustainable hub for recycling and re-use

uRecycle opted for Rotterdam because of its “strategically excellent location”, said uRecycle’s CEO Henny van Dort.

“We can grow here into a fully-fledged hub for recycling and re-use in Europe. The supply lines to Rotterdam are good. But that’s not all. A lot is going on here in the field of the energy transition and the circular economy. So, Rotterdam is a good match with what we have been doing for more than a decade. We also want to enter into new partnerships in the chain in Rotterdam.”

Stibat Director Arie de Jong said the central Rotterdam location “is an enormous step forward in terms of logistics and sustainability.”

Second life for batteries

uRecycle expects to see significant growth in the processing and recycling of industrial batteries in the coming years, in particular as a result of the rise in the electrification of transport.

A battery contains substances that are valuable for re-use, but also substances that can harm the environment. uRecycle has a process to separate them and process them safely. In addition to recycling, uRecycle also focuses on the re-use of industrial batteries, primarily batteries from electric cars. When they can no longer be used in electric cars, there are plenty of options for a second life in other applications.

Port of Rotterdam focuses on circular production

Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, welcomes uRecycle to the port. “We are working on bringing our port and industry in line with the Paris Climate Agreement. As well as focusing on efficiency, new infrastructure and the development of a new energy system, we also need to take steps now to establish circular production processes. That is why uRecycle and Rotterdam are such a good match. And it shows that we are leading the way in this area.”

The new uRecycle factory is expected to start operating in the first half of 2020 and will employ some 40 new employees.

Source: uRecycle and Port of Rotterdam Authority joint press release

 

5 December 2019

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