The Brussels-based Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) has scheduled the first in a series of online panel discussions for Thursday, Jan.14. BIR is calling the format a “new ground-breaking, cutting-edge bimonthly series” designed to address “crucial topics requiring immediate up-to-date information and clarity for our members.”
Michael Lion of Hong Kong-based Everwell Resources Ltd., who also serves as chair of the BIR’s International Trade Committee (ITC), moderates the Jan. 14 live “discussion-based webinar.”
Lion hosts a panel discussion that includes Murat Bayram, who works from Germany for United Kingdom-based EMR Ltd.; Mark Sellier of Hong Kong-based Global Metals Network; and Brian Taylor, the senior editor with the United States-based Recycling Today Media Group.
The tone of the discussion will be informal, Lion says, adding that the ITC is striving to present "something quite different" with the intention to discuss what traders are experiencing on the ground. “Our members are facing critical situations; there are some big issues, and it can be a very lonely place right now” without in-person meetings and conventions, he comments.
As would occur at in-person events, Lion says the ITC wants to provide something “a little bit edgy and anecdotal.” BIR members can “tune in to identify with their own experience” via a conversation that is intended to stay away from data-driven information in favor of an informal “chat show” approach, Lion says.
Discussion topics will include the state of changing regulations pertaining to Chinese scrap imports; the overheated state of the ferrous scrap market; how government-backed “circular economy” efforts affect global trade; and the scramble for shipping containers in a globally rebounding economy.
BIR says online viewing of the webinar is for its members only. The webinar will begin at 2 p.m. Central European Time, which is 8 a.m. in the eastern time zone of the U.S.