Purified Metal Company (PMC) is the first company in the world to provide an economically viable and environmentally sound alternative for recycling contaminated steel scrap and turning it into raw material for the production of high-grade steel.

The need

Considerable volumes of steel scrap contaminated with asbestos, PCB’s and mercury sulphide are found in both structures and vessels in the civil, naval and oil & gas industries. This potentially extensive feedstock of steel scrap is currently either dumped in landfills or cleaned at prohibitive costs.

Purified Metal Company will address these issues and fill an apparent gap in the steel life cycle. It has developed a state of the art, patented process based on proven technologies to annually recycle 150 kton of contaminated materials into a premium quality end product (Purified Metal Blocks™) for the steel industry. The 150 kton of contaminated material will be sourced in The Netherlands (feedstock of asbestos-contaminated steel scrap estimated at minimum 80 kton per year), Belgium and part of Germany. After realizing the first factory in The Netherlands the concept can be rolled-out in Europe and worldwide were ample feedstock is available.

The solution

Recovery of heavily contaminated steel scrap

Value proposition

Purified Metal Company has developed an innovative and patented process that recycles large volumes of contaminated steel scrap into a premium raw material for the steel and foundry industry thereby making the European Community less dependent on the imports of iron ore, lowering the cost in the value chain and involving knowledge partners for further development of the innovation. Also, the innovation contributes to the acceleration of the development of landfill mining by offering a solution for contaminated steel scrap that has been dumped in high volumes in Europe over the last decades.

Purified Metal Company works together with academic and research institutions (e.g. RWTH Aachen) and businesses to realize the first factory in The Netherlands. The partners bring in know-how in engineering, metallurgy, asbestos and logistics of waste streams. For the future rollout of the innovation in Europe and the rest of the World the EIT network can be of imminent importance.