DUBAI Europe needs to add 600,000 tonnes per year of aluminum recycling capacity by 2020, Norsk Hydro ASA head of recycling Roland Scharf-Bergmann said.
Speaking at AMM sister publication Metal Bulletins 21st Recycled Aluminium Conference in Dubai, he said that as the level of primary aluminum production in Europe falls due to the closure of unprofitable smelters, secondary aluminum is becoming a more important supplier of feedstock to aluminum consumers in Europe.
"Primary production in Europe is slowing, and the raw material base for Europe is changing from primary to secondary," Scharf-Bergmann said. "Already, more products are made from secondary aluminum than from primary in Europe."
Scrap supply in Europe will have grown by 1 million tonnes per year by 2020, Scharf-Bergmann said, while exports will remain at similar levels and the scrap supply in other regions will rise.
"Chinas supply will grow 10 times more than in Europe. Imports into China will maintain at todays levels due to the increase in domestic scrap generation," he said. "Europe will also limit its scrap exports to cover domestic demand."
Europe will need to build more recycling capacity to process the expected rise in scrap supply beyond already announced capacity increases.
A version of this article was first published in AMM sister publication Metal Bulletin.