"If our work doesn't get done, the knock-on effect is huge..."
‘European Metal Recycling’ is what the three letters in the name EMR Group stand for. One of Rietlanden Terminals key client's. The British EMR is one of the largest scrap metal exporters in the world. Many of the 130 sites are located in England and America. There are 4 in the Netherlands and 2 in Germany.
"We buy scrap metal and we sell it" says operational director Marten Sparrius. People are generally unaware of it, but the quantities involved are huge. Parts belonging to bridges, windmills, hangars etc. Everyone understands what it means when refuse collectors go on strike. If we stopped doing our work, the entire country is in trouble! Our buyers visit collectors on a daily basis, from the local man who goes door to door with his trailer to the recycling facilities in the big towns. One accounts for less than a tonne per year whilst the other multiples thereof.
EMR collects scrap metal from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Scandinavia. Tata Steel and similar steel producers in Egypt, Spain, Morocco, Turkey and Greece are the customers. Marten: Steel was one of the first products that was recycled. After all it can be melted down and turned into a new product. Not only is it environmentally friendly but also substantially cheaper then producing new steel, because to do that you need all sorts of raw materials and it is much more labour intensive."
Short lines of communication
The EMR group uses around 4 hectares of Rietlanden Terminals’ terrain for storing and handling the collected scrap metal. Per annum this amounts to over 500.000 tons. Rietlanden manages the loading of the ships. "We have been collaborating for many years and it works" says Marten. This is in part due to the short lines of communication and the way in which the collaboration has been set up. We hold monthly meetings with each other where we address issues such as safety, the environment, load capacity and so on. By having these meetings so regularly we are able to intervene quickly if something goes wrong or a process is not followed correctly. Whatever happens, it's never longer than a month. That works very well…!’