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In October last year, the most recent month for which figures are available, US scrap plastics exports totalled 365.65 million pounds (166 000 tonnes) for a 3.1% increase over September. However,...
During the course of September, many of the major ferrous scrap buying markets have lowered their order volumes and, to a significant extent, their prices too. Latest cfr price indications for...
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...
Germany-based Aurubis makes this assessment in releasing its latest results package, in which it reveals operating earnings before taxes of Euro 148 million for the first nine months of its 2015/16...
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...
‘The demand for packaging paper in China is expected to grow steadily in the long run,’ observes group chairman Dr Raymond Lee. ‘Although paper consumption per capita in China has...
However, the sharp fall in steel scrap prices from their recent highs has prevented further increases for nickel-containing stainless steel qualities. Chrome scrap prices benefitted from a surge in...
Total output from both primary and secondary production climbed 4.5% from 7.357 million tonnes in the first four months of 2015 to 7.688 million tonnes in January-April 2016. However, apparent...
Some 80 000 tonnes of aerosol cans are produced annually in Germany but only 10% of these are professionally recycled, according to Remondis. Around 60% end up at Respray. Remondis has invested...
But finally the market has now stirred, with Turkey making three deep-sea deals with suppliers in the USA and Europe. Earlier feedback from those at the sharp end of negotiations suggested that, on...
Stainless steel scrap prices have mirrored these moves - but within a tighter range - and currently stand at US$ 1030-1080 per tonne for the 304 grade and US$ 1330-1380 for the 316 quality. Chrome...
Guest speaker Bill Moore, president of US-based paper recycling consulting specialist Moore & Associates, estimated that newsprint machine conversions to containerboard production had amounted to...
Al Sharif Metals is part of the Sharjah-headquartered scrap recycling and trading giant Sharif Metals. Founded in 1963, this company counts as one of the largest privately owned businesses in the...
And yet despite this significant but unwanted ‘milestone’, he told delegates in the German capital, ‘I still have to answer questions from the public, media and charities themselves...
Over recent 'roller-coaster' months, sales of HMS to Turkish mills had ranged from lows of around US$ 175 per tonne to well beyond US$ 300. A subsequent lull in trading activity meant that the next...
Addressing delegates in Gothenburg, he continued: 'Doing something less bad is still bad. Polluting less is still polluting. Making fewer products that end up in our oceans is still not fixing the...
The weighted price of the recovered plastic exports in February 2016 was 16.94 US cents per pound - a drop of 0.4% from January and 7.5% from February 2015, according to a report in Resource...
'The global steel market is suffering from insufficient investment expenditure and continued weakness in the manufacturing sector,' says T V Narendran, chairman of the WSA’s economics committee...
‘Despite circumstances being economically and politically challenging due to the low oil prices, Erema has remained committed to increasing the quality of recyclates and recorded increasing...
A combination of many factors, including the surge in Chinese steel production to more than 800 million tonnes per annum, has resulted in ‘some of the most difficult market conditions faced by...
Labour costs have increased ‘very rapidly’ in China and some lower-end projects have moved to other developing countries in the region with wage and logistics advantages as well as lower...
Purchases by foundries fell 0.5% to approximately 3.38 million tonnes on a total production of 4.04 million tonnes. Germany’s scrap steel exports amounted to around 8 million tonnes or some 16...
‘It is our intention to assure our customers that only our name is changing, and that our services, our employees, and everything else that characterises our company, will remain exactly the...
As in every winter period, collection volumes of originals are at their lowest level and so sorting plants have insufficient material to run at full capacity. However, demand for originals is...
Oil prices and the Chinese New Year celebrations have had a major impact on the plastics recycling sector during the early weeks of 2016. Recycling has become a tougher sell as oil prices continued...
Despite the fact that prices of many non-ferrous metals are now significantly higher than they were at the time of our previous analysis, inflows of scrap remain constrained in many instances. As of...
Compared to the prices noted in our report of mid-January, 304 stainless steel scrap has seen an increase from US$ 890-940 per tonne to US$ 920-970 whereas the 316 quality is unmoved on US$ 1200-1250...
Another month, another ferrous scrap price drift - with current levels prompting experts to voice concern over the sector’s economic well-being. Latest cfr price indications for shipments from...
A major white goods recycler in the Netherlands will switch from scrapping cast iron contra weights from old washing machines to direct reuse of these components in the manufacturing of new devices....
Security is a top priority when running a business, declare Dennis Bekkema and Luuk Bongers, owners of electronics specialist Holland Recycling. In early February, they moved their operations to a...
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