For more than 20 years, the Lindemann brand was part of Finnish company Metso, which merged with fellow Finnish company Outotec in 2020. Lindemann represented the metal recycling business unit of the combined company. In the summer of 2021, Metso Outotec decided to divest this business unit as part of its restructuring, selling it to Swedish investment company Mimir AB.
“The business will operate as Lindemann – Metal Recycling Solutions from day one and thus return to its legendary roots,” Mirmir managing partner and group chairman Joakim Notö said when the announcement was made. procurement.
Lindemann CEO and Director, Ioannis Giouvanitskas, said: “Mimir has all the necessary resources to help Lindemann expand its market leadership position in the medium term – a great opportunity to take the business to the next level and refocus on its core business. values of the founder Waldemar Lindemann: quality, performance and innovation.
Lindemann – Metal Recycling Solutions will be based in Düsseldorf, Germany, in North Rhine-Westphalia. Functional departments, administration and the company’s service center will operate from Düsseldorf, explains Giouvanitskas. “Connections to our international locations are just ideal from here. Lindemann currently has 180 employees at 14 locations worldwide,” he adds.
The service center, including the logistics area, occupies more than 8,000 square meters (over 86,000 square feet) in Düsseldorf. The center repairs shredder housings and rotors, and small shredders and balers are assembled on site. Much machine production takes place regionally, within 150 kilometers (less than 100 miles) of Düsseldorf. Giouvanitskas says: “After the closure of our production facilities on Erkrather Straße in 2015, we have successfully outsourced almost all of the production of the original Lindemann machines to specialized regional cooperation partners. The physical proximity to these partners allows us reliable quality assurance and great flexibility in the entire manufacturing process of our machines.
Global demand for steel will continue to rise in the medium term, says Lindemann, and demand for secondary raw materials such as steel and scrap will also increase significantly.
Steel production in many countries is shifting to more energy-efficient and low-CO2 production processes, such as the electric arc furnace method, which allows the use of up to 100% of scrap.
“This development has a very positive impact on our business,” says Martin Hafer, CFO and Managing Director of Lindemann Germany GmbH. “The market for new machines as well as the demand for services has increased significantly. Moreover, as a premium supplier, our demanding customers constantly ask us to offer sustainable complete solutions in all our business areas.
This is where the optimized hydraulics of the Lindemann EtaCut II shears come into their own, according to the company. This machine is equipped with what the company describes as a “smart” pump control that provides power only when needed. The 400 bar technology also guarantees significantly lower flow losses.
Giouvanitskas adds that the company plans to introduce a standardized mid-range product line with the quality of high-end machines, so that smaller businesses can invest in a Lindemann machine.
Lindemann’s approach to motor control with frequency converters promises higher overall drive system efficiency while reducing unwanted peak loads, according to the company. The Shredder Drive Assistant assists the machine operator in his daily work and guarantees significant production increases in the double-digit percentage range while saving energy through more even use of the drive system.
Giouvanitskas says: “We want to invest even more in new technologies, advance digitalization and increasingly tackle environmental issues such as reducing emission values? thanks to state-of-the-art dust collection systems”.