| The World Steel Association (Worldsteel) has released its Short Range Outlook for 2017 and 2018. It forecasts that global steel demand will increase by 1.3% to 1,535.2 Mt in 2017, following growth of 1.0% in 2016. In 2018, it is forecast that global steel demand will grow by 0.9% and will reach 1,548.5 Mt.
| The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has launched a new International Scrap Trade Database providing information on international scrap trade flows. The data tables illustrate the trade of recyclables across the globe by major commodity and importing/exporting economies, and show the total amount of scrap traded globally.
| On 10th and 11th April 2017, BIR President Ranjit Baxi, together with David Chiao, President of the BIR Non-Ferrous Metals Division and Ma Hongchang, BIR Special Advisor in China, paid an official visit to the secretariats of three important Chinese associations that are members of BIR.
| Ancala Bioenergy Limited (‘Ancala Bioenergy’) has announced that it has acquired Biogen, an owner and operator of anaerobic digestion plants in the UK, for an undisclosed sum from 50/50 joint venture partners Bedfordia Group and Kier Group.