Non-ferrous metals

Liam disassembles iphones

| During their spring presentation, Apple has introduced the recycling program Apple Renew and a disassembly robot called Liam.

Copper is expected to grow slowly

| The International Copper Study Group (ICSG) met in Portugal in March to discuss key issues affecting the global copper market.

In for a rough ride

| 2015 was not a good year for the non-ferrous metals industry. This fact was the topic of discussion on several occasions, especially at the BIR conference in Prague last autumn. The question constantly asked was: How low can it get? Many suspect that 2016 could bring a new definition of low.
Rainer Sturm, pixelio.de

Novelis publishes strong quarterly results

| Novelis has reported a net income of $6 million for the third quarter of fiscal year 2016. Excluding tax-effected special items, the company reported net income of $32 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2016 compared to $54 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2015.

Umicore announces successful year

| According to the Belgian company’s statement, revenues were up by 11 per cent compared to 2014 with with strong growth in Catalysis and Energy & Surface Technologies more than offsetting the impact of lower metal prices on the recycling activities.

Aluminium beverage can recycling at new record high

| The overall recycling rate for aluminium beverage cans in the European Union, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland increased by 1.8% to a new record level of 71.3% in 2013. European Aluminium considers this result an important milestone on its path towards its voluntary recycling target for used beverage cans of 80% by 2020.
Rainer Sturm, pixelio.de

Novelis achieves 49 percent recycled Inputs

| Novels has published its 2015 sustainability report today, detailing significant progress toward increasing the use of recycled aluminum and using natural resources more efficiently.

Recycling of aluminium packaging at record level

| Together with strong market growth the quantity of recycled aluminium packaging reached an all-time high in 2014.

Tinplate Most-Recycled Packaging Material in Germany

| With a recycling quota of 93.3% of the Tinplate packaging consumed in Germany, packaging steel has retained its top position once again in 2014.

Recylex with loss in sales in the third quarter

| For the first nine months of 2015, sales were also significantly lower than those of the previous year.
BIR

Non-Ferrous Metals: Sector faced with “diminishing margins, rising costs and low confidence”

| 2015 has been “a very tough year” in which the “bad economic climate” has led to adverse effects on companies’ budgets and employment plans. So said the BIR Non-Ferrous Metals Division’s President David Chiao of the Uni-All Group in the USA at the body’s meeting in Prague on October 26.
BIR

Umicore and IndustriALL renew sustainable development agreement

| Today, Umicore and IndustriALL Global Union renewed their Global framework Agreement on Sustainable Development for a period of four years. The agreement covers human rights (including collective bargaining and equal opportunities), safe and healthy working conditions and environmental considerations.

Separating rare earth metals with UV light

| Researchers from the KU Leuven Department of Chemical Engineering have discovered a method to separate two rare earth elements – europium and yttrium – with UV light instead of with traditional solvents. Their findings, which were published in Green Chemistry, offer new opportunities for the recycling of fluorescent lamps and low-energy light bulbs.
Tim Reckmann, pixelio.de

Recycling of rare-earth elements from fluorescent and energy saving lamps

| KU Leuven Chemists have developed a process, based on ionic liquid technology, for the recycling of the metals europium and yttrium from collected fluorescent and energy saving lamps. The metals are directly reusable in new lamps. Compared to traditional solvents, the ionic liquid has a multitude of advantages, including its selectivity for metal dissolution and its reusability.