About us

Innovation is what keeps us thriving

Our Company

Today, ARJES is a worldwide leading supplier and manufacturer of exceptional double-shaft shredders with high mobility and a competitive superior range of applications. Our products ensure strong growth as well as economic success.

Since the company was founded in 2007, around 200 employees at the site in Leimbach, Thuringia have been producing trend-setting solutions for the processing of green, stem and waste wood; plastic and industrial waste; scrap metal as well as construction and mineral debris. Behind the “We” is an equally competent and committed team of experienced employees who apply their knowledge to reach a high level of sustainability.

ARJES at a glance

Head office Leimbach / Germany
Founded 2007
Employees approx. 200
Company Size 70.000 sqm
Management Norbert Hammel (Founder / Technical Director)
Tetyana Hammel (General Manager / Share Holder)
Thomas Hayn (General Manager / Share Holder)
William Doyle (International Sales Director / Share Holder)

Such a waste

Our planet Earth is a huge garbage dump! The cause is a combination of various factors, the most crucial of them being the constant population growth of around 250,000 people a day. In addition, unrestrained consumer behavior in the industrialized countries, mismanagement of the raw materials available as well as unprofessional and illegal disposal of all kinds of waste; are causing serious consequences in some parts of the world.

Approximately, 2 billion tons of household waste, unmeasurable quantities of industrial and all sorts of waste are recorded every day, presenting enormous challenges for all of us. The consequences of all the mentioned factors are a serious pollution of rivers, soil and air that result in increasingly severe natural disasters, disease, poverty and hunger. If this behavioral development is not stopped, the amount of waste will increase by more than 70 percent by 2050.

Sustainable solutions for a clean environment

ARJES has been in the recycling industry and fabricating double-shaft shredding machines for more than 30 years. With our vast experience we create technical solutions to solve and address the major challenges posed by the growing mountains of waste. By working closely with our customers, evaluating tests and practical applications of our machines, we are able to create innovative concepts for the processing of numerous materials in the field of waste recycling.

Our ability to solve problems; the maximum mobility and flexibility of our products; the extremely versatile range of applications and an absolutely convincing price-performance ratio are all positive points that make ARJES a sought-after manufacturer of reliable recycling machines. Last but not least, the basis of our dynamic growth and strong market position is formed by the innovative strength of each individual employee.

A solution for each challenge!

We specialize in developing and manufacturing innovative, slow running double-shaft shredders with which we successfully are able to manage any field of application by running the shafts in both synchronous and asynchronous mode. Each tool shaft may be individually programmed to meet our customers’ requirements. Our shredding shafts are made of highly durable steel with excellent surface hardening protection and changing them is a fast and easy procedure thanks to our revolutionary quick-change cassette system. The possible applications of our products are as versatile as the challenges presented by the industry.

5 convincing arguments

There are many good reasons why our customers choose ARJES, the most important ones:

  • Best price-performance ratio in the industry
  • Competitively superior range of applications
  • Revolutionary quick-change shaft system
  • High mobility in any situation
  • Innovative plug-and-play control

Worldwide distribution and support

We offer you shredders and recycling technology around the globe via a worldwide sales network. Our international sales partners support you in all matters relating to procurement, financing, transport and service as well as all of your possible needs. Our qualified and experienced specialists guarantee a conscientious execution of all services and are available for you at any time. In addition, we offer you a comprehensive on-site service with our own technicians and those of our partners and we guarantee to supply spare parts when needed. We are there for you when you need quick and reliable assistance!

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Our Development

2006 – 2007


After acquiring the site of the old concrete plant in Leimbach, the area is converted into a modern production facility. ARJES GmbH marks the new beginning of the company founder and pioneer of double-shaft shredding Norbert Hammel. The name ARJES (derived from the Latin term Aries = ram) is supposed to stand for dynamism, power, energy and upswing and is connected with the family name of the founders Norbert & Tetyana Hammel. The company’s first machine, the VZ 750, is developed for processing green waste and waste wood.

Number of employees: 19

2008 – 2009


The RAPTOR series, the first double-shaft shredder with mechanical direct drive, expands the ARJES GmbH product range and promises the user reduced fuel consumption with higher throughput rates. Norbert Hammel develops a new cutting geometry for tool shafts with the “T-shaft technology“. The use of environmentally conscious electric machines finds its first application in biogas plants. The expansion of the Leimbach production site continues.

Number of employees: 53

2010 – 2011


Extensive conversion work is carried out on the entire company premises and in the production halls. ARJES GmbH establishes itself on the world market of the recycling industry by participating in national and international trade fairs. As an extension of the RAPTOR series, the BIOMASTER is developed for shredding and screening biomass and green waste in one step. With the 4-in4 Screen, a new square screen geometry is designed, which can be used as an extension after pre-shredding.

Number of employees: 95

2012 – 2013


The first hammer mill for shredding car bodies is produced for a complete plant in South Korea. ARJES celebrates the sale of the 100th shredder VZ 750. The first shredder VZ 950 DT is presented at Europe’s largest construction machinery trade fair, BAUMA 2013 in Munich. ARJES celebrates its 5th anniversary and completes its range of primary shredders with the VZ 850. The premiere of the first TRISTAR three-shaft shredder takes place at Recycling Aktiv 2013 in Baden-Baden.

Number of employees: 90

2014 – 2015


With a logo redesign and the new slogan – Recycling Innovation – ARJES wants to appear even more expressive, dynamic and international on the market. The new corporate design will be presented alongside other new technical developments at IFAT 2014 in Munich. Thomas Hayn becomes the new managing director and shareholder of ARJES GmbH. The first post-shredding solution NZ 250 for finer final grain sizes is built. Many national and international dealer representations are decided and joint trade fair appearances are carried out. The US broadcaster Discovery Channel selects ARJES as one of the Top Stories 2015.

Number of employees: 115

2016 – 2017


The premiere of the IMPAKTOR series at Bauma 2016 in Munich generates an overwhelming response from the trade public. The “stone crusher” IMPAKTOR 250 becomes the most successful machine launch in the company’s history. About 14 million discarded tyres are being shredded with the VZ 950 DK on the Arabian Peninsula in Kuwait. The IMPAKTOR 250 receives the Technical Innovation Award in Spain in the category “New Machine Developments”. ARJES celebrates its 10th anniversary.

Number of employees: 137

2018 – 2019


The strategic partnership with Bandit Industries brings ARJES new market shares in the USA. At IFAT 2018 in Munich, the company presents the new TITAN series and the innovative shaft quick-change system. Following the market launch of the next evolutionary stage IMPAKTOR 250 evo at Bauma 2019 in Munich, full order books ensure a significant upswing in production. The further development of the VZ 950 TITAN for processing waste, waste wood, green waste and minerals is presented at Recycling Aktiv in Karlsruhe. The Chinese state television station “CCTV” reports exclusively on ARJES at the 2nd China International Import Expo in Shanghai.

Number of employees: 170

2020 – TODAY


The 500th IMPAKTOR 250 evo machine is produced and delivered. An expansion and modernisation of the production and storage areas takes place on the entire company premises. The planning work for a new administration building is started. ARJES begins the strategic reorientation of the entire machine portfolio with the introduction of the new EKOMAXX product line.

Number of employees: 177 (as of 31.12.2020)