Earlier this year, renowned engineering specialist UNTHA launched the world’s first electrically-driven mobile shredder.
The machine was met with great acclaim when it was first unveiled at the IFAT exhibition in Munich, before the summer. But after a nine month research and development project, followed by extensive trials, it was the XR mobil-e’s official introduction to the market that would really matter.
Fast forward to the end of 2016 and UNTHA’s newest waste shredding solution has proven it is more than just hype. Two machines have been sold to customers in Italy for example, Ragn-Sells is using the XR mobil-e to shred waste wood in Norway, there’s another sale in Spain, two in the UK for waste wood and C&I waste, and Breitsamer is already utilising the shredder in Germany.
Commenting on the rapid interest in this machine, UNTHA’s head of the waste business unit Peter Streinik said: “We set a high standard for our waste division, when we launched the static XR back in 2014. The machine’s ability to produce a high quality Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) in a single pass, with double the output of competing machines, yet half the energy consumption, changed the face of the Waste to Energy market. Within two years, the XR had been sold throughout Europe, the USA and South East Asia. The XR mobil-e therefore had a tough act to follow.
“However, in only a matter of months, the XR mobil-e looks set to be equally as prolific. We have demonstration machines in operation throughout Europe, which are giving our sales team plenty of ongoing proposals to develop.
“I think 2017 will be a pivotal year for waste shredding. The market is opening up with greater investment and increased appreciation for the role that alternative fuel can play within the global energy agenda. But operators are still pressed to manufacture more, for less, without compromising quality or the environment. The XR mobil-e and the static equivalent will prove key to this.”
With the same design features as the internationally acclaimed static XR, the mobile solution provides customers with identical benefits – high throughputs, low operating costs, energy efficiency, low noise, foreign object protection and ease of maintenance. Yet it is the first machine of its kind to shred with a low power electric drive and, thanks to its on-board auxiliary power pack, it can be easily moved around a facility and plugged back in.