Posted on 14/10/2015 in category Non-Ferrous

BIR World Mirror on Non-Ferrous Metals - Issue October 2015

A focus on lead and zinc

To those attending the BIR World Recycling Convention in Prague, I welcome you.    

Following the summer, the non-ferrous metals market is still dragging its feet. Whenever a piece of good news lights the candle of hope, it is followed immediately by more bad news to extinguish that short-lived flame.

In early October, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was signed by the USA and other leading Pacific Rim countries, but the People’s Republic of China is not on the list. Although this is new, the same topic of bilateral agreement was initiated more than five years ago and we need to watch closely to see what the impact may be on our industry.

Instead of our traditional focus on copper and aluminium, our Round Table in Prague will feature two speakers from Eastern Europe who are engaged in the lead and zinc recycling industries.

During recent years, Bob Stein and Robert Voss have made major contributions to our Non-Ferrous Metals Division as well as to BIR in general. After the Round Table meeting in Prague, both of them will be departing from our industry. We sincerely appreciate all their efforts in building a solid foundation for us.

by David Chiao
Uni-All Group Ltd (USA)
President of the Non-Ferrous Metals Division
8th October 2015

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