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Restoring value

We are the innovative and responsible pioneer of recycling solutions. We work with passion to produce the best recycling solutions and recycled materials for your needs ‒ always reliable, always on time.

Restoring Value

Recycling Solutions For Companies

Reliable service and local expertise

Our recycling solutions are reliable and tailored according to our customers’ needs. We provide environmentally responsible, data-protected and cost-efficient material processing services. Our operations are transparent and responsible. We are your reliable partner during all stages of the recycling process.

Our employees in different countries have excellent knowledge of the local business customs and local circumstances.

Efficient solutions with experience and expertise

We have built our recycling expertise over a hundred years. Our excellent material know-how, specialist expertise and passion for what we do help us develop more efficient and more precise ways of sorting materials. We have minimised the amount of waste going to landfill: we are currently able to recycle or reuse up to 90% of the materials we collect ‒ and in some cases even more.

Extensive logistical networks guarantees seamless service

We are the leading provider of industrial recycling services and the leading processor and supplier of recycled metals in Northern Europe. Our global logistics network connects our sites in Russia, the Nordic countries, the Baltic states, Poland and the United Kingdom with customers and suppliers in United States, China and Taiwan.

Processing waste materials from the electronics industry

We provide uncomplicated recycling solutions for the electronics industry on a global scale. All waste materials from production processes can be utilised in some way. Electrical equipment can be recycled by reusing it or by processing the components into raw materials. Important stages in the recycling of electrical equipment include the sorting of plastics and the recovery of precious metals.

Recycling office equipment

We take used office equipment such as printers, computers, displays and telephones, and recycle it by reusing it or by dismantling and processing the components back into raw materials. We also take care of data security: we erase or destroy memory chips and hard drives so that no data can be recovered from them.

Services for household appliance retailers and web stores

We also receive imperfect goods, customer returns and otherwise faulty products from household appliance retailers and web stores for reuse or recycling as components. We recover plastics and precious metals from the products and recycle them into industrial raw materials.

Recycling solutions

Do you want to hear more about our recycling solutions? Send us your contact information and we'll get in touch.

Material sales

We provide you with recycled raw materials when you need them

When you purchase your materials from us, you get what you ordered exactly when you need it. Thanks to minimised storage times and optimised logistics, our services are very cost-effective. At the heart of our sales effort are long-term customer relationships ‒ and we pride ourselves in taking good care of them. Personal service is a matter close to our hearts.

Recycled raw materials create cost savings

We process waste materials on an industrial scale with years of experience and expertise, selling the recovered metals and other raw materials worldwide. The use of recycled materials is environmentally friendly: it significantly reduces mining, environmental pollution and energy consumption. Depending on the metal in question, the use of recycled metals as raw materials reduces energy consumption up to 60‒95%.

Shouldering environmental responsibility

Responsibility for the environment is an essential part of our operation, and something we also require from our partners. Our recycling system is based on certified industrial processing methods. ISO 14001 certified environmental management systems guide our operations. The aim of environmental management systems is to reduce the cost of processing waste materials, minimise the use of energy and new raw materials, bring down distribution costs and make customer relationships more transparent and dependable.

Products tailored to individual needs

Our sales department and production lines work according to our customers' needs: we produce all kinds of raw materials in quantities ranging from small batches to large volumes. Material compositions can be precisely specified according to the production needs of our customers. We are, for example, able to produce more than one hundred different aluminium grades.

Material sales

Product groups

Our material sales department works at our head office in Espoo, Finland. Please get in touch and let us know which materials you are interested in.

We sell aluminium in different forms

We produce recycled aluminium for foundries and steel mills and supply it to the international market in different forms:

  • Aluminium ingots
  • Aluminium drops
  • Aluminium scrap

Aluminium ingots and drops

We supply aluminium   ingots to aluminium and light metal foundries. We produce aluminium  ingots to the European EN standard, national standards such as DIN, JIS and SS, and to customer specifications at our aluminium plant in Heinola.  Popular standard alloys we produce include EN AB 46000, DIN 226D, AD12.1 (ADC-12) and SS 4250.

We supply aluminium drops produced to customer's specifications for the steel industry.

Aluminium scrap

Our popular aluminium products include:

  • Tense
  • Taint, tabor
  • Telic
  • Twitch
  • Zorba
  • Talk
  • Twang (ACSR)
Aluminium and aluminium scrap

We sell inspected, tested and safe second-hand electrical equipment

For the environment, the best alternative often is to reuse a component or piece of equipment that has already been manufactured. Our principal aim is to promote the reuse of equipment that has been phased out ‒ as complete units or as components. In cases where reuse is not possible we can almost fully utilise the metal, plastic and glass components by either processing them into recycled raw materials or by using them in energy production.

Data security ensured

To make the reuse of electronic equipment possible, all data saved by the previous user is wiped out to eliminate the risk of data being exposed to unauthorised access. In cases where our data overwrite tools cannot completely remove the data, hard drives are destroyed by mechanical crushing.

Our data security processes are audited, and the purchaser is provided with a report detailing how the equipment has been processed.

Reliable second-hand equipment

We test all second-hand equipment before selling it to ensure functionality and to confirm it can be used safely. Equipment that cannot be reused is disassembled for recycling into raw materials.

Electrical equipment

Ferrous scrap

We supply following ferrous scrap grades:

  • Cut grades (HMS, GOST3A, E1, E2, etc.)
  • Shredded steel scrap
  • Cast iron
  • Ferrous turnings
  • Other ferrous scrap raw materials for the steel industry

Cut grades

Our range of products includes:

  • Cut grades (E1, E2, E3)
  • Bonus grades (such as railway scrap)

Shredded steel scrap

Our range of products includes:

  • Standardised shredded steel scrap
  • Custom grades

Cast iron

Our range of products includes:

  • Steel mill and foundry grades
  • Mn steel scrap

Ferrous turnings

We supply mixed ferrous turnings for steel plants.

Other raw materials for the steel industry

Our range of products includes:

  • Silicon steel
  • New tin plate
  • Busheling
Ferrous scrap

Nonferrous scrap

We supply nonferrous metals (red metals) to the international market

Examples of nonferrous metal products we supply:

  • Copper scrap
  • Brass scrap
  • Bronze scrap
  • Lead scrap
  • Tin scrap
  • Zinc scrap

Copper scrap

Popular copper scrap grades we supply include:

  • Berry, candy
  • Birch, cliff
  • Druid
  • Transformer copper windings
  • Cu turnings
  • Elmo
  • Shelmo

Brass scrap

Popular brass scrap grades we supply include:

  • Honey
  • Label
  • Noble
  • Night, nomad
  • Ocean

Bronze scrap

Popular bronze scrap grades we supply include:

  • Ebony
  • Enerv
  • Aluminium and tin bronzes

Lead scrap

Popular lead scrap grades we supply include:

  • Radio (mixed)
  • Radio (shredded)
  • Ropes
Non-ferrous scrap

We supply recycled plastic scrap to the international market

  • WEEE plastic
  • Plastic packaging
  • Production reject plastics

WEEE plastic

WEEE plastics include plastic qualities from electrical devices, such as ABS, PP, PS and PC/ABS.

Plastic packaging

Plastic packaging qualities we supply include HDPE, LDPE and PET.

Production reject plastics

Production reject plastics we supply include WEEE plastics and plastic packaging qualities, as well as technical plastics such as PA and PC.

Plastic scrap

We sell precious metals containing materials to precious metals refineries:

  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Platinum group metals
  • Other metals on case-to-case basis

Gold (Au)

We supply gold containing materials to refining in the following forms:

  • Bullions
  • Cathodes
  • High grade powders (high Au content)
  • Low grade powders (low Au content)

Silver (Ag)

We supply silver containing materials to refining in the following forms:

  • Bullions
  • Cathodes
  • High grade powders (high Ag content)
  • Low grade powders (low Ag conten

Platinum group metals (Pt, Pd, Rh)

We supply platinum, palladium and rhodium containing materials to refining in the following forms:

  • Bullions
  • High grade powders (high PGM content)
  • Low grade powders (low PGM content)
Precious metals

We supply materials to the steel industry on a global scale

Our major customers include steel mills and foundries in Europe and Asia. Our range of products includes the following recycled stainless steel materials:

  • Stainless steel scrap (cuts/turnings, Cr-Ni)
  • Acid-resistant steel scrap (cuts/turnings, Cr-Ni-Mo)
  • Foundry grades

Stainless steel scrap (cuts/turnings)

Our most popular stainless steel scrap grade is 304.

Acid-resistant stainless steel scrap (cuts/turnings)

Our most popular acid-resistant stainless steel scrap grade is 316.

Foundry grades

Our most popular foundry grades are 304 and 316.

Stainless steel scrap

Company

Customer-focused, innovative, specialised recycling

We are a customer-focused, pioneering, environmentally friendly provider of recycling services with an international track record. A passion for the deeper understanding of materials and recycling drives our innovations and helps us develop more efficient recycling solutions. We strive to be unconditionally ethical and transparent in everything that we do ‒ and this makes us a reliable partner.

Kuusakoski Group Oy comprises the recycling company Kuusakoski Oy and its subsidiaries, and foundry operator Alteams Oy and its subsidiaries.

Kuusakoski Recycling in 2014

  • Turnover 548.6 M€
  • Total volume of recycled and processed material: approximately 2.5 million tonnes

 

Kuusakoski Group

  • Turnover 655.5 M€
  • Personnel (average) 3,275

 

Annual Report 2014

Key performance indicators

Contact information

Kuusakoski Oy Head Office

Metsänneidonkuja 12, Kvintti Building, 4th floor, 02130 Espoo, Finland
Postal address: PO Box 25, 02131 Espoo, Finland

Telephone +358 20 781 781

All e-mail addresses use the form firstname.lastname@kuusakoski.com (unless stated otherwise in contact information).

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Contact information

Innovation

We want to be a pioneer of complex material processing services and the market leader in our area of expertise. Our research efforts focus on improving the efficiency of our recycling processes. We also collaborate with universities, research institutes and companies in various research and development projects.

A unique research centre

In order to identify new material flows and to recover precious metals from waste materials more efficiently, we have established a research and development centre in Lahti, Finland. Our research laboratory studies and tests new ways of sorting materials. Our independent research centre guarantees that our expertise and know-how stay at the top of the industry and sharpens our competitive edge as one of the leading recycling companies in the world.

Self-developed processing machinery

Our recycling processes are based on equipment and machinery we have developed in-house. Our Recycling Technologies unit engineers, manufactures and installs equipment and facilities used in metal recycling processes and environmental maintenance work.

Extensive collaboration with the world of research

In addition to our own research efforts, we collaborate extensively with universities and participate in numerous joint projects across the world of research and our partner network. Close collaboration has enabled us to produce scientific, high-quality research results.

Innovation

Environment and safety

We save natural resources, cut down energy consumption and reduce the amount of waste and its harmful environmental impacts by recycling and reusing materials. Efficient recovery and processing of recyclable materials into high-quality industrial raw materials has been part of our mission statement from the very beginning.

Our global environmental objectives are:

  • Cutting down the consumption of non-renewable natural resources.
  • Cutting down the energy consumption of processes used for manufacturing metals and other materials.
  • Increasing the recycling and reuse of metal and other materials and making the processes more efficient.
  • Promoting sustainable development as a responsible member of society.

Our local environmental objectives are:

  • Reducing the amount of waste produced in the company's operations; increasing recycling and reuse.
  • Reducing the consumption of energy in our own processes and material recovery.
  • Reducing emissions to air.
  • Prevention of soil and waterway pollution.
  • Reducing noise.

Certification

Environmental management systems are an essential part of our operation. We are currently certified under the following environmental management systems:

  • Heinola Aluminium Plant ISO 9001 (EN) (FI)
  • Sweden ISO 14001 (SV/EN)
  • Sweden ISO 9001 (SV/EN)
  • Finland ISO 14001 (EN) (FI)
  • Estonia ISO 14001 (EN)
  • Lithuania ISO 9001 (LT/EN)
  • Lithuania ISO 14001 (LT/EN)
  • Russia ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 (RU)
  • Philadelphia e-Stewards (EN)

Occupational Health and Safety

Developing safety at work and wellbeing are key elements at Kuusakoski ‒ now and in the future. We continuously monitor the objectives of our occupational health and safety policies and endeavour to improve occupational safety using proactive measures.

Environment and safety

History

Kuusakoski Oy has come a long way from being a junkyard in Vyborg to its current position as Northern Europe's leading industrial recycling company. The strongest periods of growth for our company, whose history stretches back over 100 years, were Finland's post-war decades of industrialisation and the time of our entry into the international market from the 1970s to the 1990s. Pioneering research and development work and unparalleled expertise in high technology have also played an important role from the very beginning.

Rapid growth from day one

It all started in Vyborg, still part of Finland in 1914, when the 25-year-old Donuard Kuschakoff established a company called Karjalan Lumppu- ja Romuliike ('Karelian Rag and Junk Company'). He collected waste metal, iron and waste fabrics with the purpose of sorting and refining them for industrial use. The First World War had a considerable impact on the availability of raw materials, and material shortages were reflected in increased demand for iron and metal junk and rags. Everything that could be collected and recovered was sold. The entire 1920s were a period of rapid growth.

The move towards industrial recycling of metals

After the outbreak of the Second World War, the company relocated to Helsinki in the early 1940s. The Kuschakoffs had changed their family name to the more Finnish Kuusakoski in 1934. The war had left a surplus of metal junk, and Finland's warplanes that were to be scrapped as ordered by the Paris Peace Treaties were given to Kuusakoski for scrapping. This was a considerable source of material for the company and provided the impetus for the planning of an aluminium smelting plant.

Pioneers of technological expertise

From the 1950s to the late 1970s, the company extended its operations from the junk business to industrial materials as Finland's national economy climbed to match the average European level. A pioneering smelting plant was established in a new facility in Kauklahti, Espoo and operations expanded rapidly. The company's in-house laboratory and R&D department were also soon relocated to Kauklahti. The company opened Finland's first car scrapping yard, accompanied by an aluminium smelting plant, in Heinola.

Globalisation and high technology

In the 1980s and the 1990s the company invested in the development of new recycling and material processing solutions and underwent rapid growth and globalisation. In the new millennium, we have focused on expanding and developing our material sourcing network, and the 2010s have seen considerable activity especially in the fields of research and high technology.

Kuusakoski today

Our company has expanded and evolved over a period of one hundred years. Today we have activities in 11 countries and employ almost 3,000 employees. Our success today is based on our know-how and expertise in materials, recycling and ecotechnology.

History