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Total mine supply hit 1,330 koz, which represents a decrease of 6.3% year-on-year, thus marking the lowest result since the third quarter of 2014. Recycling is projected to fall by 6% year-on-year to...
The lead-acid battery chemistry segment led the Battery Recycling Market in 2016 and is projected to be the fastest-growing segment by 2022, according to new data by Markets and Markets. The...
Stainless steel scrap prices have made further strong progress since our previous report in late January, with the 304 grade advancing from US$ 1240-1290 to US$ 1290-1340 per tonne and the 316...
Among the major producers, the biggest year-on-year gains for February were reported by Turkey (+15.6% to 2.739 million tonnes), India (+8.9% to 8.113 million tonnes), South Korea (+8.3% to 5.508...
The automotive sector is 'dominating' the metals recycling market as it requires large volumes of metals for vehicle body and parts manufacturing. A noteworthy increase in consumers' purchasing power...
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,...
Despite shifting ferrous prices, chrome scrap values have remained within their existing ranges of US$ 320-360 per tonne for 409 material and US$ 420-460 for the 430 quality. News from the...
December began like a breath of fresh air for the European plastic scrap market. Whereas November had been sluggish in terms of demand and prices, the final month of 2016 produced a jump in values...
From solid start to state of flux Ferrous scrap prices remained on higher ground in the early weeks of 2017, gaining around US$ 15 per tonne over the levels quoted in our late-November report. But...
According to data from the Census Bureau and International Trade Commission, leading buyer Turkey slashed its US ferrous scrap purchases by more than 21% - from 3.961 million tonnes in 2015 to 3.123...
Improving demand for capital goods ‘should support activity in most sectors’, with export-oriented segments expected to benefit from strengthening international trade. Total production...
The ‘robust’ upsurge represents a compound annual growth rate in revenue of 11.6% by 2024. In terms of volume, the market is slated to rise at a compound annual growth rate of 7.8% -...
Following on from the upbeat end to last year, 2017 began with some turbulence. Steel scrap prices climbed by between US$ 25 and US$ 30 per tonne and there was also an escalation in ferrochrome...
LME cash prices are at the following per-tonne levels (the corresponding figures from our non-ferrous metals report at the end of November are given in brackets): aluminium US$ 1800 (US$ 1765);...
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...
‘Without fundamental redesign and innovation, about 30% of plastic packaging will never be reused or recycled,’ the report says. This waste stream consists of four segments: small-format...
Poland’s economical performance is ‘epitomised’ by polymer consumption, which surged more than 3.5% between 2009 and 2014, according to a new study by UK research firm Applied...
According to latest figures from the International Copper Study Group, apparent refined usage increased by around 3% year on year to 17.53 million tonnes, mainly as a result of Chinese apparent...
To the surprise of many, recovered paper markets have been generally steady to strong in November. On the downside, however, traders have continued to experience shipping problems and uncertainties,...
Once again as year-end approaches, the trading community is having to pay close attention to the calendar in order to ensure that cargoes arrive on dates which do not raise awkward issues with...
There were steep increases in metals prices - notably for copper - immediately following the US presidential election victory of Donald Trump. The question is now whether these gains can prove to be...
LME copper rallied from US$ 4700 to US$ 5800 per tonne in a very short space of time while lead and zinc recorded, respectively, five- and nine-year highs before undergoing corrections. According to...
Ferrous metals are expected to generate US$ 252,117 million – leading the market during the forecast period. However, non-ferrous metals are the fastest growing segment and is anticipated to...
Normally in September, polymer prices enjoy a post-holiday improvement as activity levels increase. This year was different, however, as demand remained weak and prices came under pressure following...
Although high levels of volatility have dominated the nickel market in recent weeks, stainless steel scrap values are contained within the same ranges quoted in our previous report - that is, US$...
During the course of September, many of the major ferrous scrap buying markets have lowered their order volumes and, to a significant extent, their prices too. Latest cfr price indications for...
Once again, prices for some stainless steel scrap grades have come under pressure owing partly to the influence of price declines for associated metals. When compared to Recycling International...
Over the last couple of months, LME nickel has been ranging from around US$ 9650 to US$ 10 800 per tonne, with gains attributed mainly to the proposed nickel mine closures in the Philippines - which...
Around 6.7 billion batteries were sold into US markets in 2014, weighing 242.7 million kilograms, said a new report commissioned by North American battery collection scheme Call2Recycle, which...
Indeed, all four of Asia’s leading steelmaking nations recorded year-on-year output gains in August, the others being India (+9.4% to 8.141 million tonnes), Japan (+1.5% to 8.918 million tonnes...

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