Scrapping and recycling a gas turbine

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Gas turbines contain finite metals and various precious alloys, which would be lost without efficient recycling when scrapped.

In 2016, Cronimet, a supplier of stainless steel scrap, ferroalloys and primary metals, demonstrated the scrapping and recycling of aircraft turbines. At the end of last year, the company recycled its first gas turbine. The second gas turbine was recycled in January.


A resource-efficient recycling of valuable alloys is the core business of Cronimet in Karlsruhe. Germany.

"Both the customers and the manufacturers attach great importance to the documented destruction and recycling of gas turbines. Our experience in the recycling of aircraft turbines according to air safety standards is an optimal prerequisite for meeting such high requirements, " Gregor Zenkner (Head of Aviation Recycling) further elaborates. Cronimet professionally dismantles the turbines, documents the destruction of the individual parts and eventually returns the secondary raw materials according to their alloys to the environmental cycle.