Inauguration of Europe’s Unique Plasma Furnace at HYDROMETAL Belgium

Date : May 17th, 2024 
Location : 3, Rue du Parc Industriel, 4480 Engis – Belgique
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We are thrilled to announce the successful inauguration of our state-of-the-art plasma furnace at HYDROMETAL Belgium, a subsidiary of JGI-HYDROMETAL. This groundbreaking technology, developed in collaboration with the CRM Group, marks a significant milestone in the recycling industry and positions us at the forefront of industrial innovation in Europe. 

A Leap Forward in Recycling Technology 

The new plasma furnace, which operates at temperatures comparable to the surface of the sun, is specifically designed for the recycling of non-ferrous metals. It is adept at processing waste from the green economy, electrical and electronic waste, battery residues, catalysts, and permanent magnets. This cutting-edge technology also facilitates the recovery of high-value metals, including rare earth elements and other precious materials vital for digital technology. 

Supported by a 6-million-euro investment from the Walloon Region, this initiative is part of our ongoing commitment to developing the recycling industry and the circular economy. The plasma furnace will complement the existing tools of our R&D and industrial partners, enhancing our capacity to recycle and recover strategic metals essential to modern technology.

Inauguration Highlights 

The inauguration event was graced by several distinguished guests, including Willy Borsus, Ministre – Vice-President of the Walloon Government, and Bourgmestre of Liège. Their presence underscores the importance of this innovative project for Belgium’s industrial and environmental future. 

Media Coverage and Industry Praise 

The event has garnered significant media attention and praise from various industry stakeholders. Notable publications and LinkedIn posts include: 

Willy Borsus LinkedIn Post

Willy Borsus highlighted the significance of our new plasma furnace within the industry in a LinkedIn post, emphasizing its potential impact on the circular economy.
Read his post here

CRM Group’s LinkedIn Post

Emphasizing the collaborative effort between HYDROMETAL and CRM Group, this post captures the essence of our technological advancements.  
Read more

SudInfo Article

An in-depth article detailing the inauguration and the unique capabilities of our plasma furnace, reinforcing our leadership in the recycling industry.
Read the article

RTL News Coverage

Comprehensive coverage by RTL, highlighting the technological innovation and the broader impact on the economy and sustainability.
View the coverage

Strengthening Our Commitment to Sustainability 

The plasma furnace’s unique capabilities will enable us to process new types of waste generated by the green economy, such as electronic waste, battery residues, and catalysts. By enhancing the recovery rates of high-value and rare metals, we can reduce the reliance on natural resources and minimize waste. 

This initiative aligns with the European Union’s Green Deal and Horizon Europe programs, further consolidating the Walloon ecosystem’s role as a key player in sustainable economy programs.  

The investment of 6 million euros, supported by the Walloon Region, signifies our dedication to the development of the recycling industry and the circular economy. The new equipment will enhance the capabilities of our R&D and industrial partners, enabling us to play a pivotal role in the European Union’s innovation programs. 

Finally, we extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has shared our excitement and helped spread the word about this pioneering project. The inauguration of this unique plasma furnace represents a significant step forward in our mission to enhance recycling processes and promote sustainable development. 


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HYDROMETAL S.A.                                     JEAN GOLDSCHMIDT INTERNATIONAL (JGI)
3, Rue du Parc Industriel                            2, Place de l’Albertine
B- 4480 Engis – Belgium                              B-1000 Brussels – Belgium
+32 4 275 67 98                                            +32 2 511 13 09