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India's first auto shredding facility to begin soon

India's first auto shredding facility to begin soon
Nikhil Puthran Nikhil Puthran Friday 29 April 2016, 13:02 PM

Mahindra Intertrade, a part of the Mahindra Group, has announced its partnership with the state-run MSTC (Government enterprise formerly known as Metal Scrap Trading Corporation) to set up an automobile shredding facility in the country. The proposed state-of-the-art facility will get a fully automated end-of-life vehicle recycling equipment. To begin with the set-up, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between the company and the MSTC.

This will be the country’s first such facility. Speaking about the occasion, MSTC Chairman and Managing Director S K Tripathi said: "MSTC is always looking at innovative ways to recycle scrap and protect the environment and this facility will help to participate in the emission targets which India has promised to fulfil via the COP 21 Emission Treaty."

Sumit Issar, Mahindra Intertrade Managing Director stated that recycling not only helps in saving energy costs but also helps in minimising the need for other resources as every tonne of new steel manufactured from scrap steel saves a substantial amount of iron ore, coal and limestone. He said, "If India focuses on scrapping old automobiles, it can recover significant amounts of steel scrap, aluminium scrap, plastic and rubber. Hence, there is a pressing need for facilities such as this one."

With the new stricter norms related to road worthiness of automobiles being enforced, a huge number of vehicles are expected to come under the end-of-life category in India. Along with revolutionising the way automotive scrap is generated and procured in India, the initiative will also help reduce dependence on imports, thereby providing steel mills a one-stop solution for all their metal scrap related needs.

Adding further, Mahindra Partners Managing Partner Zhooben Bhiwandiwala said, "While the number of cars has increased substantially over the last two decades, there is no recycling or scrapping provision in place to deal with old and discarded vehicles." Moreover, the recycling will also help keep the older vehicles off the streets and will aid the green brigade.

 

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