needs to add 600,000 tonnes per year of aluminum recycling
capacity by 2020, Norsk Hydro ASA head of recycling Roland
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.
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