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Closure of induction furnaces in China has created displaced volumes of scrap, some of which have been dispatched to a number of other Asian countries - including India, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan...
During the very first of 14 meetings, BIR’s advisor on China’s policy and regulatory developments Ma Hongchang warned the world association’s non-ferrous metals division that, under...
Global Recycling Day will present the perfect opportunity to inform the public, governments and policy-makers about the crucial role played by the recycling industry in ‘creating a clean and...
The appointment was announced by BIR president Ranjit Baxi at the BIR Convention in Hong Kong. Prior to joining the world recycling organisation, Brunet headed Sony Europe Brussels Office, managing...
Writing in the latest World Mirror, Chiao relates how a major Chinese aluminium consumer recently placed an import order for Zorba but was supplied with demolition waste containing no metal value at...
He confesses himself 'appalled' by comments from the Central Pollution Board of India suggesting the recycling of plastics is harmful to humans. ‘I wish I could convey to them that in the UK,...
The more recent reduction in Chinese steel values has also impacted all markets across Asia and ‘prices for finished steel in almost all countries have softened’, it is also noted in the...
The BIR delegation comprised president Ranjit Baxi, non-ferrous metals division president David Chiao and also Ma Hongchang, BIR’s special advisor in China. Baxi told CAMU representatives...
Up to 220 kg of scrap must be used for every tonne of steel produced in the country by 2020, whereas calculations by the China Association of Metal Scrap Utilisation suggest the scrap usage average...
Representing various disciplines from design through to manufacture and recycling, the eight recruits include Alan Wheeler who is director of the UK’s Textile Recycling Association and also...
Immediately following the Chinese New Year celebrations, it is reported that the country’s customs authorities began to step up import inspections in a bid to prevent smuggling of electronic,...
The 'foreign waste' smuggling activities of concern to the Chinese authorities cover, for example, industrial, electronic, household and plastic waste. As part of this clampdown, Chinese customs...
Expectations had been of a ‘very strong’ first quarter in Asia but, instead, softness has afflicted prices of chrome and ferrous scrap. A number of buyers had built their scrap stocks...
China’s steelmaking capacity closures have been ‘more aggressive than anyone may have anticipated’ and have included the move to close all induction furnaces, said to represent an...
Funded by BIR as well as by several other organisations and companies, the visit enabled BIR's representatives to explain in detail the benefits of importing primary sorted mixed clothing and...
BIR launched a brochure at its Amsterdam convention last October which details the thinking behind a Global Recycling Day, including increasing the profile and awareness of recycling worldwide while...
In China, meanwhile, industry is having to adapt to ever-stricter rules which are partly behind the announcement from the country’s biggest zinc smelter that it is to cut production. In late...
As for fibre prices, OCC strengthened from US$ 170-plus per tonne at the start of October to end the year at US$ 180-plus whereas mixed paper climbed from US$ 143-plus to US$ 158-plus over the same...
According to Baxi, BIR conventions remain the premier meeting places for the recycling industry, across all commodities. 'But we hear you loud and clear when you complain that there are more people...
'Stay tuned.' That was the advice offered by guest speaker Wade Schuetzeberg after having alluded to the distinct possibility that the Chinese government will shortly impose new import controls and...
Each year, he underlined, the recycling industry prevents at least 700 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions - an estimate based on the findings of an in-depth scientific study published at the...
Over the last couple of months, LME nickel has been ranging from around US$ 9650 to US$ 10 800 per tonne, with gains attributed mainly to the proposed nickel mine closures in the Philippines - which...
‘I have spent more than two decades travelling the globe to meet up with key recycling players in Spain, China, India – you name it. Being part of the BIR community has proven integral to...
In April, the Indian government had confirmed a decision to ban plastic scrap imports. However, prices were buoyed in early July when the ministry of environment, forests and climate change announced...
However, he goes on to welcome the 'mega merger' between Chinese steelmakers Baosteel and Wuhan as 'a positive step' and a possible sign of a resolve within Beijing to rationalise steel production....
At the non-ferrous metals division gathering on the first day, a panel of three guest speakers will discuss global copper and aluminium market trends following a short individual presentation....
The higher nickel values witnessed recently are attributed largely to speculation and uncertainty over the Philippines’ mining policy and its effect on the country’s nickel ore output....
Over the coming months, our editorial team will visit major scrap processing and trading companies as well as machinery suppliers. Also, they will interview industry leaders and highlight, among...
The UK secondary aluminium sector, meanwhile, has struggled with the decline in the value of sterling which has followed the nation’s decision to leave the EU. ‘The Far East markets have...
Moiseenko joined the ferrous board in 2010 ‘and contributed his excellent knowledge of the ferrous market situation in Russia and Ukraine’, says Schmiedel. ‘Andrey and his company...

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