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JUL-SEP 2019

The ASIA Miner - Reporting Important Issues to Mining Companies in the Asia Pacific Region

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the asia miner • volume 16 • issue 3 25 WASTE TO ENERGY Ejvind Pedersen is a prominent figure in the global industry that supplies resources into the automoঞve sector, turning incineraঞon boom ash (IBA) into pure metal fracঞons that reach primary raw material quality. Pedersen's father moved to Africa in the 1960s – a decision that made him what he is today he is convinced. It is the ability to take risks, to leave a safe environment like Denmark and seek opportuniঞes and experiences around the world. A[er school and back in Copenhagen, he joined a company in the resource industry that had factories in South America. A[er some years living in Venezuela, Bolivia, Columbia, Peru, as a technical manager for six plants (and built two aluminium smelters to melt used beverage cans (UBC)), he and his family eventually returned to Denmark for his children to receive their educaঞon. DRIVEN BY A VISION, TAUGHT BY FAILURE The young Pedersen was not proud of what the South American industries were doing to the environment and its people during his ঞme there. He set out to find a high-end technology soluঞon for beer recovery of resources, with emphasis on metal processing and reusability to reduce the carbon footprint and the impact of hazardous waste. In 1989, Pedersen built a plant for melঞng cans in Denmark, invesঞng eight million Euro. Due to the fall of the Berlin wall, cheap metal overstocked the market and three years later he went bankrupt. STARTING ANEW WITH JUST TWO In 2002, Pedersen started 'from scratch' and built the company Scanmetals- as is now known. He and his wife Sue – his first employee who is sঞll with the company – started by handpicking non-ferrous metals in clean material to gain higher value. "STEINERT was there to help when I needed a soluঞon renঞng me their x-ray (XRT) sorঞng machine to produce clean aluminium products", Pedersen explains. This was the start to his financial independence, which gave him the opportunity to expand his idea throughout Europe. Today, due to Pedersen's success, there are many different sorঞng plants in existence that are used for upgrading IBA into primary resources. IT IS ALL ABOUT THOSE FINE NON-FERROUS METALS Pedersen says that six years ago no one believed in the potenঞal of small parঞcles in the incineraঞon boom ash. "We produce four truckloads of aluminium every day", he points out. One man's mission for a better global resource recovery industry Ejvind Pedersen with his companion Tiger

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