Transparency Market Research delivers key insights on the global scrap metal recycling market. In terms of revenue, the global scrap metal recycling market is estimated to expand at a CAGR of ~6% during the forecast period, owing to numerous factors, regarding which TMR offers thorough insights and forecasts in its report on the global scrap metal recycling market.
The scrap metal recycling market is expected to improve with technological advancements in recycling. Development of recycling facilities in developed and developing regions, better waste collection systems, and promotion of metal recycling by manufacturers and governments are likely to help in business growth, and create new business opportunities and increase employment. The Canadian Association of Recycling Industries (CARI) states that the scrap metal recycling industry in Canada employs 160,000 people directly and indirectly. The usage of rare metals in various products and their shortage is also expected to boost the scrap metal recycling market.
The U.S. exporters of scrap metals, paper, and plastic witnessed increased demand in 2019, as growing shipments to Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, and Northern Europe offset a 20.2 percent decline in volume to China, which remains the primary market for recyclables. However, export of recyclables came crashing down in early 2020, due to both supply and demand destruction caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. On the supply side, the global pandemic has idled key industries and services that generate scrap paper and metals. Plunging oil prices have made recycled plastics uncompetitive with virgin plastics. These factors have created a huge slowdown in the scrap metal recycling market in 2020. However, overall the scrap metal recycling market is expected to witness huge growth in 2021 and 2022. The price of scrap metal recycling products also decreased during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Copper is considered as a precious metal used in electrical components, owing to its ability to conduct electricity safely and efficiently. However, recyclers find it challenging to separate copper from scrap metal. Added purification costs for copper make it undesirable for recycling, since purified copper is necessary for maintaining the conductivity of the metal. Hence, companies in the scrap metal recycling market are establishing fixed sources for scrap copper to avoid additional purification and separation costs.
Apart from copper, iron and aluminum are largely recycled by companies in the scrap metal recycling market. Zato – an Italy-based specialist in scrap metal recycling is capitalizing on this opportunity to cost efficiently produce aluminum, which otherwise is a cost intensive process when done using extraction of the ore.
Steel is gaining prominence in the scrap metal recycling market due to its potential to meet the goal for a fully circular economy. ArcelorMittal S.A. – a Luxembourgish multinational steel manufacturing corporation is augmenting steel’s advantage of high recyclability to eliminate all unnecessary landfilling of residues. High cost of steel production as compared to the supplies of scrap available is grabbing the attention of manufacturers in the scrap metal recycling market.
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India holds lucrative revenue opportunities for companies in the scrap metal recycling market. India’s Ministry of Mines is working toward establishing a sustainable scrap recycling ecosystem with the adoption of cutting-edge technology and optimal processes. The region’s growing demand for metals has caught the attention of investors and other stakeholders in the scrap metal recycling market. The Indian Government’s Make in India initiative is aimed at boosting the manufacturing share of GDP by extending applications for non-ferrous metals in automotive, defense, and power industries.