Despite the corona crisis, Feinhütte Halsbrücke GmbH has expanded its location in Halsbrücke with an additional warehouse for received recycling material. By doing so, the company is reacting to the increasing demand to recycle materials.
“In the field of tin and lead smelting, environmentally friendly recycling solutions are vital and should be implemented in a way that not only follows legal regulations but also use innovative and sustainable concepts. More and more electronics manufacturers see the direct benefit for their company and dispose their residues directly with us, which is why we had to enlarge our storage capacity by building a new storage depot covering an area of 420 m²,” says Tobias Patzig, Commercial Manager and authorized signatory of Feinhütte Halsbrücke GmbH. Especially in recent years, the amount of recycleable material sent from electronics production has increased significantly for Feinhütte Halsbrücke. “We recycle more than 20,000 t of tin and lead-containing residues per year and turn them into more than 15,000 t of new products,” continues Patzig. It is important to note that metals can be recycled as often as desired without any deterioration in quality.
For several decades, Feinhütte Halsbrücke has been handling the proper and environmentally friendly disposal of old materials, such as residues from solder bath systems, expired solder pastes, wires and rods, used anodes, dross, leakers and skimmings, ashes and slurry for their customers. specially in a time of rising demand for raw materials, scarce resources and ever stricter environmental regulations, the need for environmentally friendly recycling concepts is becoming more and more important. Moreover, the list of input materials that can be returned to the raw material cycle by using almost residue-free full recycling processes is constantly expanding. “This is good for the environment, is economically sound and closes product life cycles. Essential for this are a sustainable full recycling concept, expertise and a trained team. This will render the transfer of residues abroad or to service providers obsolete,” Patzig confirms.
Thanks to this full recycling concept, Feinhütte Halsbrücke can offer a 360° package consisting of accepting the materials to be recycled and the supply of new solders from a single source. ” More and more, electronic manufacturers are making direct use of this sustainable solution, giving them a direct advantage over their competitors, as they order solders directly from the producer of the alloys, who also manages the residues. Intermediaries etc. can thus be bypassed”; continues Patzig. All solders are produced in Germany. Feinhütte Halsbrücke is certified to ISO 9001,14001 and 50001.
With over 400 years of experience in metallurgy, Feinhütte Halsbrücke is one of the oldest metallurgical plants in Europe and Germany’s only tin and lead smelting plant of this complexity in the field of pyro- and hydrometallurgy. As extremely experienced specialists in soft solders and alloys for industry and trade, they supply almost all alloys according to standard or individual customer-specific specifications. Feinhütte Halsbrücke also finds innovative solutions for new applications. The range of products includes almost every common format – from ingots and blocks, rods, bars and studs, solder wire and flux-cored solder, classical anodes to practical bulk material formats. In addition, they provide various services such as solder bath analysis, solder bath management, laboratory diagnostics as well as a comprehensive full recycling service for production waste.