Close cooperation on Hardox® steel
When it comes to material selection and the key details of manufacturing in the Smart Liberator, Rutte Groep collaborates with the Hardox® Wearparts center Zaandam, the Dutch company Geha Laverman.
“When we started working with the Smart Liberator, we contacted Bert Meij at Geha Laverman, who for a long time has been one of our most important suppliers,” says Youri Rutte. “He visited us and immediately saw that we would benefit greatly from using Hardox 500 steel in the central parts of the design. Today, I am absolutely convinced that using Hardox 500 has helped to make everything work so well.”
The next generation of the Smart Liberator was also developed in close collaboration with Geha Laverman. As a Hardox® Wearparts center, the company has special expertise both in Hardox® wear plate and in the manufacture of durable steel products.
Long story together
Smart Liberator also emphasizes the importance of both SSAB and Geha Laverman sharing Rutte Group's view of sustainable social development.
“We have a long history together,” Youri Rutte confirms. “Equipment for recycling requires good steel and with Hardox we gain both efficiency and longevity. Today, we also use SSAB's steel grades for some of the new products we have developed to process the raw materials from Smart Liberator, for example.”
Recycled cement is packaged and sold under the Freement® brand, but Rutte Groep also has its own concrete station and delivers finished Freement®-based concrete with its own trucks.
Otherwise, a large part of the transport to and from the company takes place using electric powered boats, fueled by a 19,000 m2 solar cell facility that covers all roofs at Rutte Group's industrial properties in Zaandam, north of Amsterdam.
All the water that the company needs consists of rainwater that is collected on the company's land and stored in underground reservoirs.
“Our solar cells actually provide so much energy that we can deliver some surplus to the local grid,” says Youri Rutte.
The next step is to certify the recycled materials from old concrete. A start has been made here and is supported by Rijkswaterstaat, the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management.
“The sand and gravel components have already received approval. And we are absolutely convinced that Freement meets all possible requirements, but the process takes time. When it's finished, we are ready to deliver the Smart Liberator worldwide,” Youri Rutte says. “The need is enormous!”