Steel Recycling and Manufacturing
Rider Circular Economy
Rider Circular Economy
Construction sector is one of the world's largest waste generators. The circular economy is the right solution to diminish the environmental impact of our industry.
Steel is a permanent material that can be infinitely recycled and is almost 100% recyclable without loss of quality. Steel scrap from with low value can be converted into high value steels by using appropriate processing and metallurgy techniques.
Recycling is the most widespread model in a circular economy.
For us recycling begins at the very end – at the final stage of a product’s lifecycle.
Our Induction electric furnaces can be charged with 100% steel scrap.
Steel – the 4Rs
1st R Reduce
Rider Steel is always looking to reducing the amount of material, energy and other resources used to create steel and reducing the weight of steel used in products.
Optimizing the weight of products is an integral part of a circular economy.
If we look at the past 50 years steel production has increased by almost 5 folds, while energy consumption was reduced by 60%.
New types of advanced and ultra-high strength steels emerged. These types have reduced the weight of many steel applications by up to 40%, although in West Africa such materials are still not widely in use, we are continuously working hard to introduce such materials to the market by educating the builders, manufacturer as well as the final consumers of such benefits.
When it comes to energy and power consumption steel recycling uses a large amount of electricity to melt scrap steel into new types of steel. Being in Africa we are making full use of the abundant sun ray and have installed 4MW of renewable solar energy to complement our requirement from the national grid. Unfortunately, due to the nature of renewables we are only able to take advantage of the 4MW during daytime, we are on the look for new technologies that will reduce our power consumption.
2nd R Reuse
When it comes to reuse, steel is king- after recycling steel scrap steel, the final product can be reused as its original purpose or can be redesign for a similar purpose.
Nowadays almost every “byproduct” formed during steel making is used in new products.
During production of steel 30% of the generated by product is SLAG;
One of the most important by-products in the steelmaking process. The slags which are formed protect the liquid metal from oxygen and maintain the temperature of the molten metal by forming a lid. Once removed and cooled, slags are widely used in cement production, to road building. In Africa the use of steel slag as an aggregate is considered a standard practice with application in embankments and hot mix asphalt pavement.
Process Gases generated by scrap melting are captured by our gas-to-gas heat exchange unit placed on the stack of the furnace that preheats incoming air with exhaust gas.
3rd R Remanufacture
If we look at a truly circular economy, any products which stop working should be restored as new.
Many steel products as of today such as construction steel rods, factory machinery, passenger cars, trucks and domestic appliances are already remanufactured.
Remanufacturing takes advantage of the durability of steel components.
For the past 10 years we have been recycling steel scrap in Ghana, this steel (iron rods and sections) have been used in major construction projects all over the country.
4th R Recycle
For us recycling/melting steel at the end of their useful life to create new steels is the ultimate goal.
All available steel scrap is recycled, over and over again to create new steel products in a closed material loop.
Steel Recycling minimizes the amount of waste sent to landfill, before our factory started in Ghana, the steel scrap was sent to landfills, now we are recycling close to 150,000 tons of steel scrap yearly. Preserving the raw materials and protecting the environment from all this scrap steel.
For us one of the main positives being in Africa are the jobs created which are required for scrap collection, separation and recycling. Before our factory started scrap collectors have traditionally worked independently, in poor conditions, most of the scrap metal was simply dumped, now many small to medium companies have sprung all across Ghana collecting and separating scrap for sale.
During our project, over 1,500 scrap collectors received training to develop their technical and management skills. Now there are thriving scrap yards separating steel, stainless steel, copper and Aluminum for reuse.
A lot of unused steel ships were abandon in Takoradi and Tema harbors, these steel ships are being stripped and cut in local ship-breaking yards.
Rider Industries is a privately held, global corporation. Our businesses employ over 3000 people and we operate throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Rider Steel Ghana Limited
Tema Freezones Enclave, Tema-Ghana.
+233 26 782 6154 / +233 57 418 2720