German associations to hold equipment demonstration event

German associations to hold equipment demonstration event

Recycling trade groups among those to help host the September event.

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Eight German trade associations are cooperating to jointly host RecyclingAKTIV and TiefbauLIVE, which they describe as demonstration fairs to be held in Karlsruhe, Germany, Sept. 5-7, 2019.

The events at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre will allow the sector groups represented by the associations to “demonstrate their specific expertise and enrich the program through their support in the special theme areas in the Trade Fair Centre’s open-air exhibition area,” according to a news release issued by the allied associations.

Among the groups in the eight-association alliance are the Federal Association of German Steel Recycling and Disposal Companies (BDSV), the German Association for Secondary Raw Materials and Waste Management (BVSE) and the German Mechanical Engineering Association (VDMA).

At the September event, “Exhibitors [will] demonstrate their machines in action under real conditions – in several fields: mobile scrap and metal yard operations; wood and biomass preparation; and road-building and irrigation applications.” In addition, exhibitors can conduct live demonstrations of their products in their own exhibit areas, according to the groups.

According to the VDMA, which says it represents more than 3,000 companies in the capital goods sector, waste and recycling technology manufacturers “can still expect a positive boost from the amendment of the Commercial Waste Ordinance (GewAbfV)” in Germany.

Increasing amounts of scrap wood are forecast, with one contributing factor being construction activity, according to Naemi Denz, a member of the VDMA executive board. “At the same time, quality requirements for [scrap] wood are growing,” she comments. “In the Wood & Biomass special theme area in Karlsruhe, trade fair visitors can experience suitable processing machinery in action.”

The BVSE, which says it represents more than 880 companies in the secondary raw materials, recycling and waste management industry, indicates it “has been a RecyclingAKTIV partner association from day one.” BVSE CEO Eric Rehbock says he is convinced companies in this sector must focus even more intensively on recycling.

He says Chinese government import restrictions and the existing capacity of incineration plants are clear signals for the market. The German Commercial Waste Ordinance and the Packaging Act (VerpackG) provide clear legal guidance in this area, he states.

“To comply with these laws and maintain a foothold in the market, recycling businesses need the right equipment technology,” says Rehbock. “The RecyclingAKTIV and TiefbauLIVE trade fair pairing provides the necessary information; in the demonstration areas and special theme areas visitors can see the highly modern equipment in operation.”

BDSV Managing Director Ulrich Leuning comments, “For our recycling operations, quality requirements are increasing, including in the areas of shredding and separation technology. Accurately sorting and separating the materials is the top priority – it’s the only way to achieve closed cycles for valuable materials.” Leuning also said the BDSV will hold its “southwest state convention during the paired trade fairs” in September in Karlsruhe.