Scholz Recycling AG & Co. KG

Scholz Recycling AG & Co. KG

Scholz Recycling AG & Co. KG

Scholz Holding GmbH is an international leader in the recycling of steel scrap and nonferrous metal scrap. The Group with its global network is also a major supplier of aluminum and stainless steel and a reliable partner in the area of industrial services to customers around the world.

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Berndt-Ulrich-Scholz-Straße 1 , Essingen 73457 Germany
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Industry Type:
Waste and Recycling - Metal Recycling
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

Scholz AG is among the world’s leading companies when it comes to recycling scrap steel and non-ferrous metal. With 7,500 employees at 500 locations around the globe, the Group recycles approximately 10.5 million metric tons of material each year. By collecting, processing, and returning this substantial amount to the economic cycle as secondary raw material, Scholz AG significantly contributes to the preservation of our natural resources. In addition, the Group has also been active and successful for years in business areas closely related to the recycling of metal – as a producer and supplier of aluminum and high-grade steel and as a partner in the area of industrial services, with a focus on disposal concepts, service concepts, and logistics concepts.

Scholz AG, based in Essingen in the state of Baden-Württemberg, is a financial holding company of a global network of subsidiaries and affiliates in the area of treating and processing scrap and metal. Thanks to this network, the Group ranks among the few recyclers that provide all steps in recycling metal and scrap iron. The Scholz Group is a one-stop shop, from collecting, gathering, sorting, and processing the material to its sale, utilization, and recirculation. The Group’s hundreds of collection and storage areas with optimal transport connections all over the world, recycling facilities for any need, foundries, smelting works, and a steel mill make this possible. This global infrastructure allows Scholz AG to bundle scrap into huge material streams every single day and to move them across the globe. The Scholz subsidiaries in the related business areas benefit from this solid infrastructure as well.

Reliability, humbleness, and a sense of responsibility distinguish the corporate principles of Scholz AG, a fifth-generation family-run business. Compared on an international level with other recyclers of scrap steel and scrap metal, Scholz AG invests the most in its locations. A good portion of these investments flows into optimized processes and, consequently, into improved working conditions and environmental protection.

In its endeavor to satisfy and meet the requirements of customers around the world every single day, Scholz AG created a corporate structure that sets benchmarks in many ways. Would you have guessed that the total storage area of all locations of the Scholz Group is equivalent to more than 1,400 soccer fields? Or that the total distance covered by the 945 Scholz trucks each day reaches nearly four and a half times around the globe? Or that the Group prevented the emission of approximately 12.2 million metric tons of CO2 in 2010? This amount would have been produced had the material recycled by the Scholz Group been obtained from primary raw materials instead of scrap.
The Scholz Group:

  • 4.5 billion euros in sales in 2010
  • 7,500 employees
  • 1,000 trucks
  • 668 excavators
  • 100 affiliates worldwide

When Paul Scholz established a small sorting company in Lower Silesia in 1872, he probably never thought that one day it would be a globally operating company. Today, Scholz AG has 7,500 employees. As a provider of the secondary raw material scrap alone, it supplies hundreds of steel mills, foundries, and smelting works around the globe.

The fifth generation of the Scholz family now manages the company. Throughout the years, the family successfully adapted the company to the changing conditions with much courage and foresight, for example after the family’s expulsion from Lower Silesia in 1945, the fresh start in Heilbronn and Aalen, and the establishment of international trade connections in the 1970s. By now, the company is even active in the USA, Mexico, China, North Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Scholz AG also continuously expanded
its business areas over the years and is no longer just a leader in the recycling of steel scrap and non-ferrous metal scrap. With its subsidiaries, the Group also made a name for itself as a producer of high-grade steel and aluminum for various applications. Additionally, it made its mark with disposal concepts, service concepts, and logistics concepts.

At Scholz AG, experience and innovation come together and combine with state-of-the-art processing technology and a global network to create extensive service offerings. The Group covers all steps of the resource cycle for the 100-percent recycling of scrap steel and scrap metal, all with its own companies. Customers thus get everything from one source.

Scholz AG collects the scrap in 15,000 containers placed on the premises of vehicle and machine builders, for example. From there, the company delivers presorted material directly to its own or third-party smelting works by rail, truck, or ship. Unsorted material is brought to the 550 scrap yards of Scholz AG by its 945 trucks. There, the scrap is roughly sorted, precompressed, and then sent to the processing facilities, where the material is processed into the shapes desired by the steel mills, smelting works, and foundries within 1 to 10 days. Here, equipment and processes are used which separate alloys into their components again or turn mixed scrap into sorted material with a particle size of two millimeters, for example. Non-metals such as plastic, textiles, and rubber that remain after the processing are supplied to the corresponding specialized recyclers. Nothing is lost in the Scholz cycle.

Shredders, presses, crushers, shears, scrap breakers, briquetting equipment, smelting works, a steel mill, bright steel plants, drop forges, and a laboratory with spectral analysis technology – Scholz AG has all the capabilities for the treatment and processing of metal. The companies within the Group also developed various procedures that, to this day, are considered the industry benchmark for high-quality recycling. Scholz Recycling AG & Co. KG, for example, operates a processing plant that is unrivaled in Europe. It filters plastics and other non-metal materials from shredder residues. Thanks to this process, the recycling rate for the material is nearly 100 percent – like that of the salt slag recycling developed by the Alustockach smelting works of Scholz.

The possibility to recover zinc from galvanized steel is another unique and relatively new process in which Scholz AG invested. Galvanized steel is used in large quantities in vehicles. The treatment process generates pure black iron scrap and 99 percent pure powdered zinc. Due to their excellent quality, these raw materials are heavily requested by the customers of Scholz AG and are representative of the quality of the Group’s entire product range.

As a leader in the recycling of scrap steel and scrap metal, Scholz AG significantly contributes to the preservation of natural resources and the reduction of environmental pollution. Through the processing of ferrous and non-ferrous scrap, the company prevented approximately 15 million metric tons of CO2 emissions in 2008. These would have been generated had the metal been obtained from primary raw materials instead of scrap. Furthermore, the energy requirement in recycling is low. The processing of iron and aluminum scrap, for example, requires only ten percent of the energy needed for the production from primary raw materials.

Such an ecological balance sheet can only be further improved by using very environmentally friendly recycling processes, which is something the companies of the Scholz Group are renowned for, too. Here is just one example: In 1996, the Alustockach smelting works applied for a patent for a process to reduce emissions, which it had developed with a partner. To this day, this process ranks among Europe’s most efficient technologies when it comes to filtering smelting fumes.

Recycling metal only has advantages. Steel scrap and non-ferrous metal scrap can be recycled any number of times without a reduction in quality. The processed products from Scholz AG are not inferior in any way to those made of primary raw materials. The companies of the Group prove this anew each day, for example with aluminum rolling ingots for foils as thin as a human hair.