Metso announces two personnel changes

Metso Waste Recycling, based in Helsinki, has announced two personnel changes meant to expand the company’s reach both in North America and in the U.K. and Ireland.

Lou Martins is Metso’s new general sales manager in North America. Martins brings significant experience and a proven track record from the solid waste market, Metso says, including six years with Van Dyk Recycling Solutions, based in Stamford, Connecticut.

At Van Dyk, Martins successfully developed and led a North American solutions initiative for processing and treating a new waste stream for glass, Metso says.

Part of Martins’ tasks in his new position will be to establish a waste recycling organization in North America to drive growth in the region for both static and mobile waste shredders. This includes hiring a distribution manager, establishing strong partner relations with plant builders and driving a solid pipeline to validate the potential in North America.

In addition to English, Martins speaks Portuguese and Spanish. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering as well as an MBA in sales and marketing.

“[I’m] looking forward to being part of a group with an incredible reputation backed by years of success in extremely demanding applications across diverse industry segments,” Martins says.

Daniel Fairest is Metso’s new area sales manager responsible for the U.K. and Ireland. Fairest resides in the U.K. and has substantial waste business experience, Metso says, with more than 15 years in the British waste industry. Most recently, he was a sales manager at UNTHA shredding technology, based in Austria.

Fairest’s role is to grow Metso Waste Recycling’s market share by establishing and developing lasting business relationships with both new and existing customers and agents while assisting them in all aspects of their waste recycling and size reduction initiatives. Ultimately, Fairest is charged with growing the brand in the U.K. and Ireland in his new role.

Fairest has a degree in graphic design and commercial advertising.

“I am looking forward to becoming an integral member of the Metso Waste Recycling team and making a significant contribution to developing the U.K. and [Ireland] business,” Fairest says.

Terex announces new facility in Northern Ireland

Terex Corporation, Westport, Connecticut, has announced it is opening a new $13.5 million manufacturing facility in the town of Campsie in Derry, Northern Ireland.

The new 105,000-square-foot facility will focus on the design, manufacturing and development of the Terex Ecotec (waste management and recycling) and Terex Conveying Systems (mobile conveying) product lines.

“As part of our growth strategy, we continually review markets to identify potential opportunities. The waste management, recycling and mobile conveying sectors are areas of significant growth, and our objective is to be recognized as a leading global manufacturer in these areas,” said Kieran Hegarty, president of Terex Materials Processing, during the announcement of the new facility in Derry. “Our Terex Campsie facility will enable us to realize this ambition.”

Terex says its Ecotec product line has grown significantly since it was established in 2014. The Terex Campsie facility will focus on developing advanced waste management and recycling products and services for Ecotec customers.

Terex Conveying Systems was established to respond to increasing demand for mobile conveying systems. The Terex Campsie facility will manufacture four new products in the conveying range and facilitate product development.

Work is already underway at the Terex Campsie facility and it is planned to be operational later this year. The facility will initially create approximately 100 new jobs that include production operative roles, management and support roles in HR, operations and finance, as well as an engineering team that will be trained to leverage the company’s engineering capabilities and lead the development of Terex product portfolios.

“Our investment of this size in a new facility will support our ongoing growth and development as we seek to build on the momentum of increased demand for our products globally,” Hegarty says.

For more information visit Terex’s website.

AMP Robotics partners with Japanese waste technology company

AMP Robotics Corp. (AMP) of Louisville, Colorado, and Ryohshin Co. Ltd. of Japan have announced a partnership to make and sell artificial intelligence (AI)-driven industrial robotics for material recovery in the Japanese construction and demolition (C&D) market. The companies also announced the commercial launch of a comprehensive solution of C&D robotic systems now available in Japan.

Ryohshin designs, engineers, manufactures, distributes, integrates and services waste management technology, while AMP develops AI and robotics for the recycling industry.

Ryohshin and AMP co-developed a robotic system using the AMP Neuron AI platform to guide robots that recognize, sort, pick and process C&D debris for recycling. The two robotic systems developed in the partnership are called “AI-Benkei” and “AI-Musashi.”

AMP calls AI-Benkei a “heavy-duty workhorse” that uses a single-robot cell to handle heavy debris up to approximately 88 pounds, processing up to 25 metric tons (55,116 pounds) per hour. AI-Musashi is the “high-speed racehorse,” AMP says, using a tandem-robot cell that rapidly picks smaller items at a speed of 160 pieces of material per minute, processing up to 10 metric tons (22,046 pounds) per hour. AMP says the two systems form a complete solution that can operate 24/7 and process a vast array of material, including metal, wood, electronics, concrete and more.

“Ryohshin is grateful to partner with AMP. I am very pleased by their expertise in artificial intelligence and robotics,” says Osamu Kono, CEO of Ryohshin. “Our customers will benefit greatly from AI-Musashi and AI-Benkei. This technology marks a significant advancement for recycling in Japan.”

AMP has licensed AMP Neuron to Ryohshin for the use and sale of these robotic systems in Japan. In return, AMP will use the robotic technology developed with Ryohshin for its own next-generation AMP Cortex C&D robotic system for sale in North America.