SRW metalfloat GmbH operates state-of-the-art plants for the processing of metal-bearing residues. The company is located in Espenhain, Rötha 20 km south of Leipzig and is part of the Scholz Group, one of the world’s leading steel and metal recycling companies.
Since our foundation in 2000 we have continuously evolved the depth of processing through targeted investments and the close collaboration with the Technical University of Freiberg and other scientific institutions. As a result, our various process engineering plant concepts enable us to process nearly all metal-bearing material flows in compliance with high environmental standards. With approximately 190 employees, we are one of the regions largest employers.
We are a certified waste management facility and operate an energy management system in accordance with DIN EN ISO 50001 (More)

We offer:

  • Expert advice regarding the optimal processing of your materials.
  • Maximum processing depth, realised thanks to our extensive plant engineering and constant research and development efforts.
  • A range of high-quality products including pure-grade secondary raw materials.
  • A transparent billing model based on customised processing and assessment.
  • A well-thought-out logistics concept and ideal accessibility from the traffic arteries road and rail.
  • Lawful disposal of remaining waste in transparency and with the agreement of the involved authorities.

In addition, you benefit from the international Scholz Group network and the close collaboration with the Scholz Recycling GmbH at the Espenhain location.

Our history


Foundation of Sächsiche Recycling Werke GmbH (Saxon Recycling Works) by Scholz Holding GmbH.


Commissioning of the industrial-scale processing plant for shredder light fraction in compliance with the TA Siedlungsabfall (German Technical Instructions of Residential Waste).


Acquisition of the Franconian Kerscher Group by Scholz Holding. Since this merger, the company has been operating under the name of SRW metalfloat GmbH.


Reconstruction of the entire Espenhain processing centre with a total investment volume of 30 million euros. Espenhain has since been one of the most innovative and largest processing centres for shredder residues.


Restructuring of the Scholz Group and entry of Toyota Tsusho Corporation in the group of partners.


The Scholz Group becomes part of the Chiho Environmental Group and thus belongs to one of China’s largest metal recycling companies.


After an intensive development phase, the new plant for fine-grained, metal-bearing waste at the Espenhain location is put into operation. The patented technology facilitates the greatest possible value creation in metal separation.

Espenhain location

About the Espenhain processing centre

The Espenhain processing location, accommodating the companies Scholz Recycling GmbH and SRW metalfloat GmbH, unites the complete range of state-of-the-art steel scrap recycling with shredder residue processing plants of the highest technical level on an area of 36 ha.
A logistics concept specifically designed for this location facilitates quick loading and unloading of lorries as well as convenient rail connections in short distance of the Leipzig transport node.

This makes Espenhain one of the leading steel and metal scrap processing locations in Germany and Europe.

The Scholz Group

The Scholz Group

The Scholz Group comprises a global network of companies and shareholdings in the processing and handling of scrap and metals. Thanks to this network, the consolidated group is one of the few recyclers that offers all activities for the processing of metals and scrap iron from one provider. Hundreds of collection and storage locations with optimum infrastructure, as well as recycling systems for every need are available in all parts of the world. A global infrastructure that allows the Scholz Group to combine scrap into gigantic material flows every day and to move it around the world. A reliable infrastructure that also benefits the Scholz subsidiaries in the neighbouring business segments.
The Scholz Recycling GmbH is part of the Chiho Environmental Group (CEG) and thus belongs to one of China’s largest metal recycling companies. As a globally operating corporation, CEG aims to become one of the world’s most important global raw material suppliers in Asia, Europe and the USA.
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