ZERMA – The Home of Size Reduction


ZERMA Company

Since its founding in 1941, ZERMA, which was originally based in Germany, develops and produces machines for the size reduction of plastics. Over the years, the company has become one of the world's leading manufacturers in this market. Adapting to the requirements of globalization, ZERMA Machinery & Recycling Technology Co., Ltd. was founded in Shanghai in 1999. Today this is the main production site for the world wide market.

ZERMA offers the complete spectrum of size reduction technology. From beside the press granulators to large heavy duty shredders. Including compact sound-proofed granulators as well as specialized systems for in house granulation, large diameter pipes and tires. Pulverizers and accessories round out the offering. During the last 20 years the workforce in Shanghai has grown to about 300 people. Today ZERMA produces approximately 5000 machines in 3 workshops. The employees are a big focus for the company, a modern work environment, training as well as team activities foster a good community and are the core of the ZERMA family. ZERMA worldwide

ZERMAs worldwide presence is built on a strong base of subsidiaries:
ZERMA Europe based in Germany is focussed on mainland Europe.
ZERMA UK handles sales and support in Great Britain and Ireland.
ZERMA Thailand mainly serves south eat Asia as well as India and the middle east.
ZERMA Latin America based in Miami, FL takes care of Latin and South America.
ZERMA North America out of Chicago, IL handles distribution in the U.S.A. as well as Canada.
ZERMA Africa looks after the African continent.
ZERMA Australasia sells and services ZERMA equipment in Australia and Oceania.

Due to this extensive network there are ZERMA systems in more than 70 countries worldwide. Numerous local agencies make sure that service and spare parts are available locally and present ZERMA on plastic exhibitions and conferences worldwide.


ZERMA Philosophy

The name ZERMA comes from the German word Zerkleinerungsmaschinen, meaning size reduction machines. Since the company was founded in 1943, this has remained our mission.

ZERMA has traditionally focused on the development and production of size reduction machinery for the plastics industry. However, today ZERMA has expanded into related industries such as tire recycling, e-waste and wood recycling. Our core strength lies as a machinery and component producer. As such we are an ideal partner for systems integrators and OEM projects.

We remain committed to the improvement and development of size reduction machinery. The ZERMA product consists of three main machine types; granulators, shredders and pulverizers.


ZERMA Production

Design and construction
Well trained engineers guided by an experienced international team of engineers are the base of ZERMAs technology. Machines are designed and improved with cutting edge 3D modelling software and the production is managed with the help of a state of the art ERP system. Feedback from customers and agents all over the world helps improving ZERMA size reduction technology and realising new trends in the market.

Modern production
ZERMA is continuously investing into automated production equipment. CNC cutting tables and machining centers allow us to manufacture most parts in house and not having to rely on sub suppliers.


ZERMA Service

ZERMA Service starts by understanding a customer needs. Experienced sales teams help finding the right solution for a specific application taking into account not just the material, but local requirements related to safety.

Commissioning of ZERMA machines is done by an experienced service team, they will install, test and adjust the system. Training to operate and maintain the system for local staff is an important part of the process as well.

Spare and wear parts
ZERMA Shanghai holds a large stock of spare parts available. Our service and support experts will help find the right part and dispatch it soonest. Our overseas subsidiaries keep parts inventory as well to reduce shipping times even further and allow for almost 24h support.

Facts and figures

ZERMA Facts and figures
  • ZERMA Shanghai founded: 1999
  • Manufacturing locations : Shanghai (China) and Rayong (Thailand)
  • Employees: 300
  • Quality system: DIN EN ISO 9001:2015
  • Production area: 30.000 m²
  • High degree of automation due to CNC cutting and machining centres
  • 5000 m² stock for semi finished parts
  • State of the art 3D modelling software
  • Shipping an average of 50 containers per month


ZERMA History


1943: Founding in Radebeul, Germany
1995: Move to Sinsheim, founding of ZERMA Deutschland GmbH
1999: Founding of ZERMA Shanghai and start of manufacturing in China
2004: Extension of the machine portfolio by adding single shaft shredders
2005: Implementation of SAP as an ERP system to optimize production
2006: Development and introduction of the ZRS shredders for long lengths of large diameter plastic pipes
2008: Factory extension to increase capacity and capabilities for larger granulators and shredders
2019: New production facility in Thailand