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Strategic Alliance for Plasma Arc Metal Recovery Firm

January 5, 2012

Swindon, UK based Tetronics, a specialist in the use of direct current (DC) plasma to treat hazardous waste and recovermetals, has signed a Strategic Alliance Agreement with Harsco Metals Group.

According to Tetronics, through this alliance Harsco will seek to extend its technical offering with the addition of Tetronics’ DC plasma arc technology to the many potential areas of hazardous waste treatment and metal recovery as well as into new applications and territories.

Harsco has a wide global presence in over 50 countries and an interest to invest in commercially viable plasma arc facilities involving the build, ownership and operation of such facilities for the benefit of Harsco’s existing and new customers.

Tetronics said that the process chemistry in its plasma technology is designed to symbiotically and preferentially separate and recover the valuable material in a range of wastes whilst destroying any hazardous components.

The company further claimed that the remaining non-valuable material is vitrified into an inert, safely disposable, non-hazardous material – Plasmarok – in a single processing step, while the minimal number of moving components within the plasma systems delivers longevity.

Tetronics said that Harsco has already operating and maintaining its DC plasma arc technology for 20 years at its Plasminox project in Terni, Italy, where it has been recovering valuable metals from the Electric Arc Furnace dust that is generated by an adjacent stainless steel manufacturing process.

Jeremy Makepeace, vice president Global Solutions (Non ferrous) at Harsco Corporation explained that the plasma technology will enable Harsco’s customers to recover valuable resources from waste that they can reuse in their manufacturing processes in a sustainable “closed loop model” thereby ensuring security of supply of key resources.

“The reality is that how we manage waste today will change dramatically in the next 5-10 years, with traditional waste management solutions being increasingly challenged on regulatory compliance, corporate & social responsibility and economic cost grounds,” added Makepeace.

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