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HOPPERS & SILOS Silo trio for Closed Loop Recycling

Genesis Process Solutions has just completed the supply and installation of an internal storage system for Closed Loop Recycling in Dagenham. Closed Loop Recycling takes waste soft drinks and water bottles made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) along with milk bottles made from high density polyethylene (HDPE) and recycles them back into food-grade plastic. The resulting PET and HDPE is then used to make new bottles and food packaging. As part of a major expansion on site, Genesis Process Solutions was selected to supply three, fl exible silos on load cells together with rotary valves. Other companies supplied cyclones, pipework

and pneumatic conveying to fi ll the silos with Genesis ensuring a smooth connection between the silos and other fi lling equipment. Genesis staff worked weekends to avoid disruption to production and to keep the installation on time and to budget.

The silos will contain HDPE fl ake which has been granulated, washed, dried, fl oat separated ready to be delivered to the extrusion lines. The new silos measure 2.1m x2.1m by 7.5m high and, because of the fl ow characteristics of HDPE fl ake, have been fi tted with sweeping arm, fl at bottom dischargers which eliminate the chances of ‘rat-holing’ or product bridging – a well-

documented issue with fl ake material. These three new silos bring the total number of fl exible silos at Closed Loop Recycling to eight. n

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SSAB & Ruukki merger complete

Ruukki is now part of SSAB and together, the two create a Nordic and US-based steel company, which is a leading producer on the global market for Advanced High Strength Steels (AHSS) and Quenched & Tempered steels (Q&T), standard strip, plate and tubular products as well as construction solutions. The merger of SSAB and Ruukki creates a global steel company which offers value-added products and services developed in close cooperation with its customers to create a stronger, lighter and more sustainable world. Ruukki Construction serves both consumers and corporate customers. Customers will not be affected by the merger of construction- related operations and will continue to be served by the same contact persons and service points as they have been to date. “We continue our business as usual; products, services, contracts and contact persons will remain unchanged. The new, merged company will enable us to serve our customers with a wider product portfolio. Other advantages in consequence of this merger are that we can build on our combined knowhow and thereby develop the entire construction business with new products and services. First and foremost this benefi ts our customer,” explains Marko Somerma, who heads Ruukki Construction. n

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