FOCUS Enviro supplies Australia’s first UNTHA XR shredder

Australia’s first UNTHA XR shredder is now operational in Melbourne, after a 15,000 kilometre journey from an engineering facility in Austria.

Exclusive Australian UNTHA shredding equipment distributor FOCUS Enviro supplied the 37-tonne mobile machine to Knox Recycling (KTS).

The UNTHA XR3000C mobil-e will handle up to 30 tonnes of commercial, industrial and wood waste per hour to manufacture process engineered fuel (PEF).

FOCUS Enviro director Robbie McKernan said KTS were previously unable to produce high-specification fuel with only one machine.

Mr McKernan said KTS accompanied FOCUS Enviro on several site visits across Europe to see the UNTHA shredder in action.

“Impressed by the single pass shredding capabilities of this robust technology, FOCUS Enviro then set about configuring a solution that could achieve Knox’s refined less than 50 millimetre output particle requirements,” Mr McKernan said.

“We have seen what the XR mobil-e is capable of, as it has continued to transform the throughputs, fuel quality and energy efficiency of facilities worldwide.”

Mr McKernan said FOCUS Enviro had worked hard to bring UNTHA’s innovation to Australia.

“No other single machine can produce such a homogenous fuel in a single pass, so I think the Knox operation is going to be a leading light in this complex arena,” Mr McKernan said.

According to KTS owner Mark Jeffs, alternative fuel production is becoming more important in Australia.

“As a progressive environmental company we want to be ahead of the curve,” Mr Jeffs said.

“We acknowledged that by investing in world class PEF production technology we could produce a high-quality resource, efficiently, and hopefully really drive the market for this crucial energy source.”

UNTHA Global Business Development Director Gary Moore said the company’s machinery could process a range of waste materials effectively.

“Whether the resulting fuel is going to a local cement kiln or the export market, we always work with the client to optimise throughputs, minimise impurities and maximise margins,” Mr Moore said.

“Australia is one of the world’s most exciting countries when it comes to energy from waste potential, and it’s great to now be a part of it.”

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FOCUS enviro announces exclusive distribution deal

FOCUS enviro has secured exclusive Australian distribution rights for UNTHA process engineered fuel shredding technology, as the countries energy from waste market grows.

FOCUS enviro Director Robbie McKernan said the agreement to integrate Austrian company UNTHA’s equipment into the FOCUS enviro range reflects the growing appetite of Australian operators to turn waste into a resource.

“UNTHA’s world-renowned static and mobile XR shredders for process engineered fuel production have been added to our portfolio,” Mr McKernan said.

“We’ve been watching intently the number of resource derived fuel and solid recovered fuel plants that have come online in the UK, Austria, Germany and Denmark. 10 years of industry analysis means we’re now armed with best-practice advice to pass on to clients in Australia.”

Mr McKernan said alternative fuel production lines can be optimised for maximum product quality, bottom line impact and environmental gain.

“As the Australian process engineered fuel market gains traction we need best-in-class technology as robust as our knowledge,” Mr McKernan said.

“We wanted to integrate UNTHA into our offering, but to represent them on an exclusive basis is a real honour.”

According to Mr McKernan, UNTHA’s XR shredder is able to process an array of input material to meet defined fuel specifications, from cement plants through to biomass burners.

“Some Australian waste management companies are producing and exporting fuels but the specifications remain extremely varied,” Mr McKernan said.

“As the market matures – and more small-medium businesses enter with their eyes on best-practice – I would hope UNTHA can help drive standardisation when it comes to fraction sizing, product quality and calorific value.”

UNTHA Global Business Development Director Gary Moore said Australia has one of the most exciting energy from waste markets in the world.

“Alternative fuel production is in its infancy here in comparison to parts of Europe for instance, but landfill rates are rising, environmental pressures are mounting and China’s landmark movement has forced a new direction for the country’s waste framework,” Mr Moore said.

“A number of international waste operators with a presence in Australia are driving a global knowledge transfer programme to strengthen resource security.”

According to Mr Moore, FOCUS enviro has the right technology and service ethos to represent the UNTHA brand in Australia.

“You only have to look at the role they had at the recent energy from waste conference in Melbourne to see they are the partner to talk to in this sector,” Mr Moore said.

“Over 9000 UNTHA shredders are now installed worldwide, and global growth of 25 per cent is predicted in the next 12 months —Australia’s contribution to the overall company turnover will see significant increase over the next five years.”

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