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ing all of the control devices and various components. Additionally, the
company has nine technicians spread
throughout the United States, each
of which is equipped with a van filled
with a full assortment of tools that
can be dispatched directly to a customer's location.
"For most major markets across
North America we can do all of this
work with a Shred-Tech® employee,"
Roberto says. Because the technicians
are directly employed by Shred-Tech®,
clients can have confidence that they
are fully qualified to install new systems or repair equipment. Technicians
also have access to all of Shred-Tech®'s
engineering drawings and technical
data and can order replacement parts
directly from the company.

Evolving Technology
As more companies seek to reduce
their carbon footprint and adopt environmentally conscious corporate
responsibility policies, the demand
for shredding machines has become
more prevalent. Advanced technology is needed to break down new products and materials to meet those recycling goals.
shred-tech® invests in
new materials and designs
to improve the performance
of its machines.

Shred-Tech® is constantly investigating new designs and materials that
can improve the performance of its
machines. "The products and materials that need to be recycled are continually evolving globally," Roberto
says. "As waste streams and recycling
changes, that eventually changes how
we have to build shredders to process
that material."
Even in only the past 10 years, the
size and difficulty of breaking down
equipment has drastically changed.
Computers and mainframes used to
be large, bulky pieces of equipment
made of strong materials that were
difficult to shred. The miniaturization of electronic components such
as processors has shrunk the size of a
desktop computer tower down from
the size of a file box to a coffee cup.
The metals and plastics in modern
computers and electronic devices are
easier to break down, but components
such as solid state hard drives are already small and can potentially avoid
the knives in traditional shredders,
posing a different challenge to destruction. Ensuring confidential data
stored on small digital devices is destroyed requires a shredding machine

that can process equipment into even
smaller particles than what was standard in the past.
Shred-Tech® is developing those
technologies internally, but it also
seeks out other companies that complement its product lineup. In 2016,
the company acquired AXO Shredders,
which is a manufacturer of mobile and
stationary shredders and recycling
systems in the United States, United
Kingdom and Thailand.
"We're interested in growing
through acquisition if the right opportunity arises as demonstrated by
acquiring our competitor AXO last August," Roberto says.
Partnerships are another way that
Shred-Tech® can offer new technology to its customers. Roberto says
that there is opportunity to expand
the stationary segment of the business through agreements with other
equipment manufacturers.
Shred-Tech® was recently named
the exclusive dealer of German-made
HAAS primary shredders in North
America. The HAAS TYRON Series
Shredders feature independently
driven shafts, radio remote control and a hydraulic system that can
shred as much as 100 tons per hour,
depending on the material. Construction and demolition wastes are
a popular application for these HAAS
shredders. The equipment can be
configured for stationary, trailer or
track-mounted use.
But what Roberto believes will be
the true driving force behind its future is its people. "To be a top-notch
company and to deliver excellent
products and services to your customers starts with having the right culture
in our company, having the right people and treating those people well and
fairly," he explains. "And that is what
Shred-Tech® has done." mt
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