Recycling aluminium is good for the environment and the economy, and European countries are among the best in the world in terms of their ability to recover this metal.


Aluminium can be 100% recycled an infinite number of times, and the process only requires 5% of the electricity needed to produce new aluminium from the ore.
The numbers are well-known in the aluminium can recycling sector, and we know that it only takes
• 3 cans to make frames for glasses,
• 37 cans to make an Italian Moka pot,
• 800 cans to make a bicycle.

The numbers are even bigger in the automotive industry, where:
• 90% of the aluminium used to make rims is recycled,
• 30% of the aluminium needed to make pistons and cylinders is recycled,
• 40% of the aluminium needed to build the entire structure of a car is recycled.

Recycling giants estimate that the market for aluminium flat products is destined to double by 2025,  under the constant pressure of Asian development. Aluminium is increasingly being used as a substitute for steel, or as a material of choice in combination with carbon and plastic fibres for the bodywork of electric vehicles.

In all this, ZATO is among the first worldwide manufacturers of equipment and plants suitable for the demolition, shearing and shredding of aluminium scrap. Over the last decade, ZATO has researched and developed new versions and specific machines for the processing of aluminium scrap.
Its industry-leading installations in the UK, USA, Italy, Turkey and Germany are a solid business card.

The German company, for example,  whose main customers include companies like Volkswagen and Audi among its main customers, operates a scrap metal processing plant covering an area of 20,000 m² which processes and classifies a scrap volume of 75,000tons/year, of which every single kilogram received as input is processed upstream using the 470kW four-engine ZATO Blue Devil twin-shaft shredder GFS5000 SERIES II.


The latest specialised and improved version of this equipment is employed outdoors, for two shifts amounting to 14 hours a day, even under the most severe weather conditions.

Ferdinando Franzoni
Costumer Service Manager