£6m Van Dalen investment brings 25 new jobs to city

Van Dalen's new Sheffield metals shredder
Van Dalen's new Sheffield metals shredder

METALS recycling firm Van Dalen said it is aiming to double its capacity in the UK over the next three years following a £6 million investment at its Sheffield headquarters which will create 25 new jobs.

Production has started at the new multi-million pound ferrous shredder and non-ferrous facility in Sheffield.

Van Dalen, which celebrates its 65th anniversary in this year, currently operates 17 shredding and baling sites in the UK and Northern Europe.

In the UK, the company supplies the major steel mills, as well as a large number of foundries. It also operates deep sea facilities, which enable export to markets throughout the world.

The investment in the business follows a strong 12 months for the Dutch business, in which total capacity has increased to 500,000 tonnes per year.

The business hopes to double that figure over the next three years, through a mixture of operational investments and strategic partnerships.

Van Dalen UK managing director Tom Bird said: “Although market conditions have been challenging, we’ve had a really positive 12 months.

“Going forward, the shredder will transform our Sheffield facility, making it a state-of-the-art metal recycling centre.”

“The focus on non-ferrous operations will complement our existing success in the ferrous arena, helping us to grow volume and market share. In turn, we hope to provide further investment and job creation opportunities in the UK.”

Van Dalen’s new Sheffield shredder became operational at Christmas and will be officially opened later in the New Year.