The 18th International Forum Scrap of Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals and the Moscow International Recycling Expo 2023 took place on 5-7 April in Moscow. Over 1,000 market leaders in scrap and waste management, metallurgy, and related industries from all over the world took part in the event. Among the participants also were representatives of the authorities, including the State Duma of the Russian Federation, the Government of Moscow, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Economic Development, the Federal Antimonopoly Service, the Federal Taxation Service, as well as representatives of Russian and international organisations.
The business programme started with the analytical session “Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Scrap Market in Russia and Worldwide” moderated by Denis Gorshkov, the columnist and news presenter of RBC-TV. The event featured a discussion on a range of topics including the global ferrous scrap market, analysis of ferrous and non-ferrous scrap market volume and prices, forecast of ferrous and non-ferrous scrap market for 2023-2030 and others.
The business programme was continued by the round table “Market Analysis of Precious and Rare Earth Metals and Electronic Scrap. Recycling of Lead Batteries, Lithium Batteries, and Other Power Sources”, organised by the National Recycling Association RUSLOM.COM in partnership with the National University of Science and Technology MISiS and LiBA (Switzerland).
Participants were presented with an analysis of price and volume indicators of the precious metals scrap and waste market in Russia; a forecast considering the restrictions imposed on the domestic and foreign markets; trends in legislation in the field of precious metals scrap management; and international trends in the recycling of waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).
The third block of the business programme included the conference “Scrap of Stainless and Special Steels”.
The conference participants discussed the global and Russian stainless-steel markets, export-import issues of stainless and special steels in Russia, production and consumption, market forecasts in Russia, and other topical issues.
The day ended with a meeting of the Committee on the SRO Members’ Rights Protection and Legal Risks of the Association RUSLOM.COM, chaired by Lev Liokumovich (Vtorchermet NLMK LLC).
The second day had an intense business programme with topical events taking place simultaneously in several halls of the World Trade Centre.
The first one was the Conference on Foreign Trade in Scrap, dedicated to foreign trade activities and logistics on the scrap market, held jointly with the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper.
In parallel with this, a meeting of the Commission on Ecology and Environmental Management of the Council on the Circular Economy and Ecology Development of the Chamber of Trade and Industry of Russia was held on the margins of the forum. Its topic was: “Special regulation of management of wastes of hazard classes I-II of different statuses (public waste, scrap and non-ferrous metal waste, EPR waste)”. It was moderated by Natalia Belyaeva, Chair of the Commission on Ecology and Environmental Management, General Director of Delphi Ltd.
The day’s business programme was packed to a maximum with events to help participants with practical business issues. These included a seminar for accountants and CFOs, highlighting current taxation issues and application practices, as well as legislative trends.
One of the main events was the Strategic Session dedicated to state regulation as well as challenges and opportunities for the development of the metallurgy, scrap and metal waste industry in the new economic environment. The session was attended by representatives of associations and government agencies, heads of various departments, CEOs of companies and other experts in the field of metallurgy and scrap metal recycling.
In addition, representatives of foreign delegations from India, Switzerland, Egypt, and China attended the event. These included Sanjay Mehta, President of the Material Recycling Association of India; Viktor Haefeli, Managing Director of LiBaService24 GmbH; Yasser Mustafa, Minister Plenipotentiary for Commerce, Head of the Commercial Bureau of the Embassy of Egypt in Moscow; and Hu Pinlong, General Manager of Huahong Technology’s plant.
Another event on the business programme was the Aluminium Day. At the conference “Aluminium Market: Material Supply and Markets. Transition to a Low-Carbon Model”, participants discussed the main trends and growth drivers of the aluminium market.
The event continued with a round table for the executive bodies of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation and legal departments of the companies, named “Reform of control and supervisory activities, licensing in the industry of scrap metal mangement”.
The final day was no less eventful. It included the round table “Hard-to-Recover Scrap Metal: dismantling, recycling of ELVs and machinery, scrap in the Arctic zone and water areas” and a meeting of the Committee on Economy, Insurance, and Financial Risks of the Association RUSLOM.COM.
The session “Implementation of the Law on Non-Cash Settlements to Individuals for Scrap Metal” was devoted to the transition to non-cash payments in the sphere of scrap metal procurement. One of the highlights of the day was the presentation of innovative projects and inventions by the All-Russian Society of Inventors and Innovators, which was held with the information support of the magazine “Inventor and Innovator” and ANO “CTC”.
The event was followed by a session on ecological education, working with young people, and promoting the industry of scrap and metal waste management. The session was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Business Russia, the Association RUSLOM.COM, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Russia, the Ministry of Education, and higher education institutions.
The main objective of the session was to promote the industry of scrap and metal waste management, as well as to exchange experience and new ideas in this field.
The business programme of the day included a regular General Meeting of the Association RUSLOM.COM members.
The business programme of the 18th International Forum Scrap of Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals and the MIR-Expo 2023 exhibition ended with a diploma award to exhibitors, experts, speakers, and young professionals.
“Everything I have seen at the forum today gives us a reason to believe that the scrap industry will live on and actively develop. Thanks to our joint efforts, this very year we will witness great achievements, which we have been working towards for several years,” summed up Victor Kovshevny, the Director of the National Recycling Association RUSLOM.COM Association.
About the Association
The National Recycling Association RUSLOM.COM is the only official industry association of scrap processors in Russia with the national self-regulatory organisation status. The Association members are more than 300 companies from among the procurement divisions of metallurgical plants, independent processors, exporters and traders, which are leaders of the market and government programmes. Members of the National Association RUSLOM.COM own 100% of the shredding capacity in Russia and 75% of the market in terms of consumption of steel scrap in Russia.
The Association’s mission is to ensure the resource and environmental security of Russia by means of returning recoverable materials to the economic turnover.
The Association’s goal is to create a high-tech metal recycling industry in Russia.
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