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Fray International Sustainability Award


BERZELIUS GROUP and Dr. Reihard Pullenberg, Managing Director

About Berzelius:

The BERZELIUS METALL GmbH (BMB), based in Braubach, is the foremost producer of lead and lead alloys along with polypropylene compounds. The company-owned logistic firms for battery recycling and the central purchasing department coordinate the collection, supply, distribution, and treatment of batteries, raw materials, secondary raw materials and wastes.

H. Behrendt for R. Pullenberd, Berzelius Metal, Germany
Receiving the Fray International Sustainability Award
by Dr. Florian Kongoli

The three state-of-the-art smelters for winning primary and secondary lead - the BERZELIUS STOLBERG GmbH (BBH) producing primary lead together with sulphuric acid, the BSB Recycling GmbH which also recycles plastics and the secondary lead smelter Muldenhutten Recycling und Umwelttechnik GmbH with its integrated incinerator for hazardous wastes - underscore the status of BMB, a subsidiary of Eco-Bat Technologies Ltd., as the largest producer of lead in Germany.

The BERZELIUS METALL Group is currently a group of six companies in Germany. With its primary lead smelter, two secondary lead smelters and a nationwide network of recycling and waste management companies consolidated in the holding company BERZELIUS Logistik Service GmbH, the BERZELIUS METALL Group sets an outstanding and unique example for the use of closed-circuit material recycling during the production of lead.

Today, BERZELIUS METALL has a workforce of 450 employees producing around 200,000 tonnes of lead and its alloys, together with various recycling products won by the recycling of vehicle and industrial batteries and accumulators, lead scrap, ores, lead concentrates, lead-containing wastes etc.

Major Sustainability Achievements:

  • Integration of the complete recycling loop
    • Collection (partly with own logistic companies)
    • Environment-friendly processing
    • Production of lead at highest quality level
  • Silver processing
  • Increasing energy efficiency
    • Generation of electricity from waste heat
  • Highest technical and environmental standard including HSE
  • High Productivity per head
  • Reduction of emissions under legal requirements
  • Nationwide biggest collector of car- and industrial batteries (including hybrid batteries)
  • Leader in treatment and recycling of lead acid batteries
  • State-of-the-art technologies
  • 450 employees in Germany
  • Waste management facilities
  • Quality management according to EN DIN ISO 9001ff, etc.
  • Environmental management EMAS and EN DIN ISO 14001ff.
  • Works safety certification OHSAS 18001 and OHRIS.

About Dr. Reihard Pullenberg, Managing Director

Born on 16 March 1951 in Bochum, married, father of one daughter.

1969 - 1977 Academic studies at the Montanistische Hochschule Leoben (technical university) and at the Rheinisch-Westfalische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH - university). Degree: Diploma for Non-ferrous metallurgy 1977.
1977 - 1981 Activity as scientific employee at the RWTH with graduation as Dr.-Ing. in 1981 (Phd)
1981 - 1987 Production assistant and plant manager for Rhenium- and Selenproduktion at the Elektrowerk Weisweiler (Ferrochromium smelter) of GfE Dusseldorf
1988 - 1991 Plant manager of the chemical plant and responsible project engineer for the construction and set-up of new plants at the Ruhr-Zink GmbH in Datteln
1991 - 1993 Manager of the leaching and direct-leach-plant at the Ruhr-Zink GmbH in Datteln.
1993 - 1997 Manager of the total production at the Ruhr-Zink GmbH in Datteln and in addition responsible for maintenance, research and chemical laboratory.
1997 - 2004 Managing Director of Berzelius Stolberg GmbH in Stolberg
Since March 2004 Managing Director of the holding company Berzelius Metall GmbH in Braubach

Member of various specific unions and organisations in the metal sector.

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