The Phoenix-based waste management and recycling company Republic Services has announced plans to invest $19 million to update its recycling centers in Hazelwood, Mo., and Bella Villa, Mo., both located in St. Louis County.
Messe München International, the organizers of IFAT Entsorga 2012, have reported that the trade show set a record this year with about 125,000 visitors. In 2010, the trade fair attracted slightly less than 110,000 attendees.
Messe München adds that the IFAT Entsorga show featured approximately 3,000 exhibitors from 54 countries.
Some 16,000 delegates participated in the conference programme portion of the show, which included nearly 320 presentations and discussions. Topics included mega cities, water management, phosphorous recycling from sewage sludge, the Life-Cycle Resource Management Act and waste-to-energy.
Messe München also reported that this year’s mobile phone collection campaign generated significant interest from attendees. The collected mobile phones will be recycled by the German company Remondis Co with the proceeds being donated to a water foundation, Messe München said.
The next IFAT Entsorga trade fair and conference is scheduled for May 5-9, 2014, in Munich, Germany. The five-day event is considered the largest event focusing on water, sewage, waste and raw materials management.
Equilibrium settled in for another 30 days in the ferrous scrap market, as pricing on the domestic spot market held steady in the United States in the May buying period.
According to the monthly averages issued by the Raw Material Data Aggregation Service (RMDAS) of Management Science Associates (MSA), Pittsburgh, U.S.-based steel mills paid nearly identical prices for the major ferrous scrap grades across all regions of the country.
No average price moved by more than $5 per ton in any of the three RMDAS regions, and the national averages for the three most commonly traded grades moved by $1 per ton or remained flat.
Adding to the overall challenging environment for ferrous scrap has been the soft export market. According Mike Marley's Marley's Heavy Melt, offshore demand for ferrous scrap has been limited off the East Coast, forcing more scrap metal recyclers to look to domestic markets.
In the South region, the single biggest price swing was a $5 drop in value for the RMDAS prompt industrial composite grade (consisting of No. 1 busheling, No. 1 bundles and No. 1 factory bundles).
In the North Midwest region, a $3-per-ton decline in No. 1 heavy melting steel dropped the average price to $399, creating the only average in any region less than $400 per ton.
The output and order books for most steel mills have remained in balance, with sheet mills and pipe and tube mills running at high capacity numbers, while mills that produce construction products continue to lag behind in output.
Volatility on the demand side, for the most part, is coming from the export market, where reduced orders can affect regional shipping patterns and pricing. The pattern thus far in 2012 has been for reduced demand in an export region one week, only to be met with increased demand elsewhere the next week.
On the supply side, recyclers in many regions characterize generation as mixed. In the South, a ferrous scrap dealer says auto hulk scrap rates have been consistent throughout the year, as has industrial generation.
Construction and demolition activity remains lackluster, with only spot projects occasionally generating plate and structural and other construction-related grades.
The pattern has been similar throughout 2012, he says. “Most of my roll-off containers are out at plants and shops—I really don’t have many spotted at construction sites at all,” he comments.
National figures reflect these generation patterns, as the construction sector remains the U.S. economy’s weak spot, while vehicle sales are steady, and the moving trend for industrial output is positive.
The Federal Reserve Bank reported in mid-May that industrial production advanced significantly in April. The Wall Street Journal reported that factory, mine and utility output advanced 1.1 percent in April, “the strongest gain since December 2010.”
Economists contacted by the Wall Street Journal said the increase was above their expectations and could be pointing to GDP (gross domestic product) growth in the United States that should be healthier in the final three quarters of 2012 compared with the first quarter.
Signals from economies in the rest of the world, including steel production figures, are not as positive. The Brussels-based World Steel Association (WorldSteel) has reported that global steel output declined by 4 million metric tons in April compared with the prior month.
Chinese steelmakers produced 60.6 million metric tons in April, 1 million metric tons of steel less than the month before.
April steel production in Turkey, the largest U.S. export market for scrap steel, also declined as steelmakers there produced 2.9 million metric tons of steel, down from 3.1 million metric tons in March.
Concerns about the economy of the European Union also are reflected in steel output in the EU’s largest nations. Germany’s 3.6 million metric tons of steel produced in April was down from 3.9 million metric tons made in March.
Output in Spain has remained static at 1.3 million metric tons in March and April, but the April 2012 figure is down by more than 14 percent from the amount of steel produced in Spain in April 2011.
The Raw Material Data Aggregation Service (RMDAS) Ferrous Scrap Price Index is based on data gathered from a statistically significant compilation of verified ferrous scrap purchase transactions.
RMDAS is a service of Management Science Associates Inc. (MSA), Pittsburgh. Those seeking more information about RMDAS can contact MSA’s Jeralyn Brown at 724-265-6574 or via e-mail at JBrown@MSA.com.
Metso, Helsinki, Finland, has replaced its first generation Eta Cut with the Eta Cut II scrap shear. In addition to the key features of its predecessor, Metso says the Eta Cut II comes with a number of innovations: a new human machine interface (HMI), a new transport design and an ergonomic control cabin. Furthermore, the company says the redesigned hydraulic concept allows higher energy efficiency and productivity per installed kilowatt.
The Eta Cut II is designed to provide increased processing flexibility, low specific power consumption, enhanced operational reliability and reduced maintenance costs due to its service-friendly design.
According to Metso, the scrap shear offers improved rigidity of components for a longer service life. The HMI allows for integration of future online service applications and machine data collection.
The shear features an intuitive touch screen, the company says, along with a new control cabin with angled glass fronts and ergonomic operator chair with integrated control elements.
“The Eta Cut has defined completely new standards in the scrap industry since its release in 2002,” observes Uffe Hansen, Metso vice president of sales and marketing. “The Eta Cut II offers innovative adjustments of the Eta Cut first-generation features to suit the customers’ and users’ needs.”
Metso says the Eta Cut II combines 400-bar high-pressure hydraulic technology with a compact design to create an energy-efficient solution. In addition, the new shear may generate transport costs savings because of its new press box partitioning, resulting in reduced transport dimensions and simplified installation, the company says.
The Kentucky-based recycling company Industrial Services of America Inc. (ISA) has announced the election of Orson Oliver to the post of chairman of its board of directors. Oliver has been a director of ISA since 2005. He is currently an independent business consultant with more than 35 years of experience in banking and financial consulting. Oliver began his career in 1968 as an attorney with the U.S. Treasury Department.
Harry Kletter, ISA founder and CEO, was elected vice chairman of the board. Kletter has been an ISA director since 1983.
"I am pleased that Orson has agreed to serve as chairman of our board," says Kletter. "He has demonstrated experience and expertise as an executive and board member at a number of organizations over the course of his career. We value his judgment and look forward to his leadership of our board."
Oliver says, "I would like to thank Harry for his vote of confidence as I assume the leadership of the board at ISA. Clearly, I will have large shoes to fill, as Harry's 60 years of experience in the scrap and waste businesses are virtually unparalleled. I am grateful that Harry has agreed to be the vice chairman of the board, and I look forwarding to leading ISA in the years to come."
ISA also elected Alan Gildenberg to its board. Gildenberg has more than 30 years of experience in the financial industry as an investment advisor and also an independent floor trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
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