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Sibelco acquires two glass recycling activities in the Bologna region of Italy

Antwerp, Belgium; 11 February 2020, materials group Sibelco confirmed that it has acquired two glass recycling activities, Emiliana Rottami and Emill, through bankruptcy auction in the Bologna region of Italy.

Emiliana Rottami is an obsolete glass recycling plant with valid permits. Emill is a glass fines recycling plant. Both were part of the same group which went bankrupt in 2019.

These acquisitions will allow Sibelco to further grow its Italian glass recycling footprint (with Emiliana Rottami) and extend its business model concept through a zero-waste approach (with Emill). They complement Sibelco’s existing plants in Musile, near Venice, and the recently-acquired Macoglass recycling plant near Bergamo.

Sibelco will clean the waste pile at the Emiliana Rottami site and demolish the obsolete plant. Sibelco is also conducting a detailed engineering study for the development of a 250kt brownfield plant with the intention of starting construction by the third quarter of this year. It is also working on a proposal to source material from a stockpile nearby (Via Bonvino).

Pieterjan Goedertier, Vice President of Recycling at Sibelco, said: “Our customers face substantial challenges to secure secondary raw materials in the Italian market. Sibelco has addressed these needs by increasing the capacity of the Musile plant, doubling the operating hours of the Macoglass plant and now by investing in Emiliana Rottami.”

Ilse Kenis, Sibelco Executive Committee member and head of Business Group Glass & Performance Materials, said: “As a company we are committed to supporting the circular economy as it fits our purpose: material solutions, advancing life. Our investments in glass recycling in Italy and other regions continue to demonstrate our support to our glass customers in their quest to source more sustainable materials.”

Sibelco is Europe’s leading glass recycler, processing 1.5 million tonnes of waste glass every year.

 

About Sibelco

Sibelco is a global leader in material solutions and sources, transforms and distributes an extensive portfolio of specialty industrial minerals. Sibelco’s solutions support the progress of modern life and serve industries as diverse as glass, ceramics, construction, coatings, polymers, metals and water purification. In addition, Sibelco is a majority shareholder in Covia, a leading NYSE-listed provider of minerals and material solutions for the industrial and energy markets in North America. The Sibelco Group operates 161 production sites in 31 countries, with a team of some 8,500 people.

For further information, contact:

Tim Weekes

Vice President, Group communications

Tel: +32 473 984914

tim.weekes@sibelco.com

Press releases in Italian and French:

Comunicato stampa: Sibelco acquisisce due aziende di riciclo del vetro in Emilia-Romagna (pdf 596KB)

Communiqué de presse: Sibelco acquiert deux activités de recyclage de verre dans la région de Bologne en Italie (pdf 596KB)