Economy & Markets
Plastics Industry in Poland is Growing Steadily
| During the Conference Opportunities for the Polish plastics Industry in Poland that took place on 22 May in Warsaw Tadeusz Nowicki, president of the Polish Union of Plastics Converters, confirmed that the plastics production in Poland is growing steadily.
World Steel in Figures 2014 available
| The World Steel Association has published the 2014 edition of World Steel in Figures. It is now available on worldsteel.org.
Crude steel production increases in April
| World crude steel production for the 65 countries reporting to the World Steel Association was 137 million tonnes (Mt) in April 2014, an increase of 1.7% compared to April 2013.
New energy recovery facility in Staffordshire, UK
| The 26 MW waste to energy facility was built by Sita, UK iand is expected to divert 300.000 tonnes of local waste from landfill yearly.
Genan opens world’s largest tyre recycling facility
| The facility is based in Houston, Texas and has the capacity to recycle 100,000 tonnes of used tyres a year, about a third of all the used tyres in Texas.
ALBA SE: Restructuring shows first successes
| While the company’s earnings in the steel and metals recycling segment increased noticeable despite the fall in sales revenues, the sustained loss provisions in the dual system had a negative impact on earnings in the services segment.
More than 440,000 tonnes of recycled PVC
| VinylPlus, the sustainable development programme of the European PVC industry, registered a record 444,468 tonnes of recycled PVC last year.
First step to combat illegal shipments
| During last week’s plenary session, MEPs approved Bart Staes’ report on shipments of waste in first reading. The European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services (FEAD) welcomes the revision of the Waste Shipments Regulation, which aims to strengthen and harmonise inspection standards throughout the EU.
Alba Group reduces its Board of Directors
| With effect from 30 April 2014, Joachim Wagner (47) is stepping down from the top management level of the Alba Group and its subsidiary, Alba SE for personal reasons.
FEAD opposes promotion of bio-degradable plastics
| The federation argues that bio-degradable plastics will contaminate the recycling chain.
Solution for Italian Solar module recycling
| Italy becomes the first major PV market to implement the EU recast WEEE Directive (2012/19/EU), to ensure the correct treatment of waste of electrical and electronic equipment.
More recycled plastics for computer displays
| Product certification organization TCO Development announced the first products to meet a new certification for computer displays containing a minimum of 85% post consumer recycled plastics.
Stainless steel will profit in 2014
| In the 2013 fiscal year, Oryx Stainless has been able to maintain its global market position despite market-related low turnovers and tonnage. The low expectations of the previous financial year were undercut in the process. The group's customers report on the most difficult environment for stainless steel in years.
Alba: Revenue and profit decreasing
| Alba SE today announced its results for 2013. Both revenue and profits were below the previous year's results. The outlook for 2014 also is not very optimistic.