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SPIRE-7. SPIRE Brokerage event October 22 nd 2013. SPIRE 7 – 2015: Recovery technologies for metals and other minerals. Project Idea Presentation. Organizations (consortium). THIS PROPOSAL IS PRESENTED BY the estep community, specifically the organizations listed BELOW;.

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spire 7 2015 recovery technologies for metals and other minerals



Brokerage event

October 22nd 2013

SPIRE 7 – 2015: Recovery technologies for metals and other minerals

Project Idea Presentation

organizations consortium
Organizations (consortium)

THIS PROPOSAL IS PRESENTED BY the estep community, specifically the organizations listed BELOW;

  • ESTEP is the Steel Community's European Steel Technology Platform
  • ARCELORMITTAL, the major steel producers in Europe
  • IRT-M2P, a French national research organization devoted to technology R&I in the field of metals, coordinator
  • etc…

Europe exports a lot of end-of-life (EoL) materials (metals, plastics, paper, cardboard,...) and imports virgin raw materials to produce new material. For example, in 2010 Europe exported more than 44 Mt of ferrous scrap while importing tens of millions of tons of iron ore and coal.

The objective of the project proposed is to find solutions to use currently exported EoL material, such as steel scrap, inside Europe and thus to reduce the need for virgin raw materials such as iron ore and coal.

Because the EoL material exported from Europe is generally of low quality, the solution to be investigated & developed to reach this aim is to design a complete full-loop recycling route based on technologies & tools to treat EoL material and turn it into a purer raw material than has been the case until now.

To upgrade the EoL material, such as steel scrap, presently leaving Europe we will further develop and combine advanced & complementary solutions:

pre-dismantling of end of life goods

improved mechanical separation of the different materials (by enhanced shredding, shearing and separation technologies)

improved automatic sorting of the different materials based on detection tools using all physical and chemical properties available

… and thus set up an effective and ambitious co-recycling of the materials, most especially metals, assembled in consumption & investment goods


The objective is thus to narrow the gap between export of secondary and the import of primary resources.

Note that this is different from increasing the collection of material from the urban/industrial mine, but rather to turn an already high throughput into a high-quality output that can be used locally rather than exported.

The objective is thus to reduce the dependency of Europe on imports of resources and to increase the intensity of the close-loop economy at regional level, rather than close the loop at world level. This will also have positive consequences on the import and use of fossil fuels (coal & coke, in the case of the steel sector) and reduce the environmental burden, especially the carbon footprint but also air and water quality.

The development of more sophisticated EoL materials treatment technologies will raise the level of competency in the sector, create more jobs and higher level jobs.

looking for partners
Looking for partners…
  • Companies producing new material from EoL ones, such as the metal industry or the paper industry
  • Companies & organizations collecting EoL goods and separating the different materials
  • Companies & organizations developing separation tools
  • Companies & organizations developing sorting tools
contact details
Contact details

LOcally Closing the LOOP on EoL materials by QUALity upgrade


Coordinator: Gaël Fick


Email:  gael.fick@gmail.com

Mobile: +33 (0)6 42 16 85 01

Address: IRT-M2P – office C124

4, rue Augustin Fresnel - 57050 Metz - France

presentation of consortium partners
Presentation of consortium partners
  • ArcelorMittalArcelorMittal Global R&D – Recycling team
  • ArcelorMittal is the largest steel producer in the world. Around 1300 people work in R&D worldwide in ArcelorMittal laboratories, offering a broad expertise in most technical fields related to the steel industry. The company holds leadership positions in its main markets: automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging as well as general industry.
  • ArcelorMittal employs 280,000 people in over 60 countries. The company places its
  • commitment to sustainable development at the heart of its strategy and ambitions to be a benchmark for economic performance, labour relations and social responsibility.A steel recycling and scrap quality research group pursues R&D in this area, in connection with scrap dealers, steelmakers and manufacturers using steel.
presentation of consortium partners1
Presentation of consortium partners

IRT:Institute for Technological Research

M2P: Materials – Metallurgy – Process.

 Focus on multi-materials especially metals

Research institute, in creation:

  • Status: Scientific cooperation foundation
  • Fundings: 50% public, 50% private
  • Forecast: around 60 people by end of 2016

Industrial Targets:

  • Manufacturing lighter parts through microstructure control
  • Improved Surface Functions
  • Promote materials recycling, lower environmental impact
  • Improve productivity & lower the energy consumption &improvethe products quality