Economy & Markets

Paper recycling with quality issues

| China’s proposed import restrictions on lower grades of recovered fibre will require major investments by suppliers in quality control processes and technology, according to Andreas Uriel.

Aluminium recycling in India has a great future

| India’s demand for secondary aluminium will increase by 8-10% per year, mainly boosted by the country’s rapidly-growing automotive industry, according to Akshay Agarwal.

Textiles recycling: Rising pressure on India’s recyclers

| India’s textiles recycling sector employs more than one million people and, each year, turns over around US$ 2 billion in processing some 5 million tonnes of material

Uncertainties persist despite improved market conditions

| India ranks as the world’s number one importer and consumer of stainless steel scrap not only because of the amount of stainless steel produced in India (it is second only to China) but also because of the very high proportion of scrap to primary use in its production mix, it was underlined at the latest meeting of the BIR Stainless Steel & Special Alloys Committee.

Exporters catch “pneumonia” over China import ban

| The plastics recycling industry had become “insanely dependent” on China and so its recently-announced import ban has left suppliers in other parts of the world not so much with a cold but rather with “pneumonia”, argued BIR Plastics Committee Chairman Surendra Borad Patawari of Gemini Corporation at its latest meeting, held in New Delhi.
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More balanced market expected for ferrous metals

| Overall, scrap demand is still healthy and volatility is now expected to be lower than in previous months, it was reported to the latest BIR Ferrous Division meeting by board member Tom Bird of UK-based Liberty Steel.

European Construction Material Recycling Award 2018

| The European Quality Association for Recycling (EQAR) for the third time offers the European innovation award for construction material recycling in Europe.

Broad support for Global Recycling Day

| ‘Do your best to make 18/3/2018 a very special day.’ With these words, BIR President Ranjit Singh Baxi addressed the World Council of Recycling Associations (WCRA) which had gathered at the latest BIR World Recycling Convention, held in New Delhi, India.

Worldsteel elects new officers and welcomes new members

| The Board of Directors of the World Steel Association (worldsteel) yesterday elected new officers for 2017/2018 at the worldsteel General Assembly in Brussels. The new officers are elected for a one-year period. Worldsteel also welcomed new members.

ESWET publishes Position Paper

| The European Union’s commitment to the Paris Agreement needs to be translated into ambitious targets and practical measures that will help mitigate climate change. However, the transition needs to be executed in a manner that will ensure security of energy supply.

Leading role for recycling sector in India

| The Indian government aims to set up scrap-based steel mills in the north and west of the country, it was announced at the BIR World Recycling Convention in New Delhi on October 14 by India’s Minister of Steel, Dr Chaudhary Birender Singh.
Global Recycling Day

Launch of global recycling day website

| The countdown has started to a new international awareness day taking place on 18 March 2018 which is dedicated to securing the future of the planet through recycling.

Moderate but continued growth for global steel demand

| The World Steel Association (worldsteel) today released its October 2017 Short Range Outlook (SRO). worldsteel forecasts global steel demand will reach 1,622.1 Mt in 2017.
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Biogas plant for the world’s largest city

| The delivery of two kompogas digesters for a biogas plant in Chongqing marks the successful entry of Zurich-based Hitachi Zosen Inova into the Chinese market.