The international forum Scrap of Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals and the Moscow International Recycling Expo-2022 exhibition were successfully held on April 12–14 in Moscow for the 17th time. The event was organised by the Rating Agency Rusmet, which has been leading its history since 1997. The Association NSRO RUSLOM.COM, a national self-regulatory organisation of scrap processors, representing the industry for 10 years, became the event partner. The Association, which unites more than 300 market-leading companies with a total revenue of over than 1,2 trillion roubles per year and represented in 72 regions of the Russian Federation, also held its regular annual meeting during the Forum.
The Scrap of Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals Forum is the Europe’s largest annual recycling forum and exhibition, which brings together raw material consumers, processors, and recyclers; manufacturers and technology suppliers; leading experts, rating agencies, and industry media from around the world. In 2022, the forum brought together about 1,000 delegates, more than 50 leading experts spoke to the audience.
The year 2022 marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian scrap collection and processing industry. In this momentous, but challenging year for scrap processors, the business programme addressed the anti-crisis agenda of the industry, business support, and new market trends. The focus was on establishing sales, financing and restoring logistics supply chains for ferrous, non-ferrous and precious metal scrap, preventing a decrease in scrap collection, as well as improving the regulatory framework and implementing governmental strategic documents in the field of industry and ecology. The agenda of the need to abolish export duties on scrap, paired with an economically reasonable policy on the issues of quotas and bans on the export of scrap was updated again. The topics of anti-crisis marketing in the metallurgical and scrap collection sectors, as well as the opportunities of working with the banking sector amidst the economic sanctions attracted great interest of the participants.
The main speakers of the Forum were the representatives of regulatory authorities, major market participants, rating agencies, professional associations, banking and financial institutions, and international industry professionals that are aimed at maintaining and developing cooperation with Russia. Among the speakers were:
- Viktor Kovshevny, Chairman of the Scrap of Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals Forum, Director of the Association NSRO RUSLOM.COM;
- Albina Dudareva, Executive Director of the Association for the Promotion of the Circular Economy Resurs, Advisor to the General Director of the Russian Environmental Operator;
- Andrey Savelyev, Head of the Department for the Development of Ferrous Metallurgy, Pipe Industry, and Metal Structures of the Department of Metallurgy and Materials of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation;
- Andrey Zelenin, Director General of Rating Agency Rusmet;
- Alexander Kobenko, Chairman of Business Russia Waste Recycling and Secondary Resources Committee, member of Akron Holding Board of Directors;
- Sergey Astakhov, Director General of TransLom LLC, member of the Presidium of the Association NSRO RUSLOM.COM;
- Victor Haefeli, Dr. sc. techn. at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Chairman of the WEEE Solutions
As part of the List of Priority Measures to Enhance the Regulatory and Legal Framework for the Scrap and Waste of Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals Industry, which is intended by the Government of the Russian Federation to be implemented in 2021-2023, the Association NSRO RUSLOM.COM has developed a number of proposals and presented them in detail to the professional community during the Forum. In particular, it is expected to introduce predominantly non-cash payments for scrap handed over by citizens and the abolition of personal income tax on income gained from such operations. It also included the increasing of the administrative responsibility and fines for the illegal turnover of scrap while removing licensing administrative barriers for trustworthy players. In addition, solutions on how to involve hard-to-reach and unaccounted scrap in re-circulation were outlined.
As part of the event programme, Association NSRO RUSLOM.COM members and the Forum participants’ delegations visited MTZ TRANSMASH production facilities and the Research and Production Enterprise TEMP named after F. Korotkov.
Within the forum, cooperation agreements were signed between: the Association NSRO RUSLOM.COM and RT-Invest Recycling LLC (part of Rostec), the Association NSRO RUSLOM.COM and the State Research Centre of the Russian Federation Troitsk Institute for Innovation and Fusion Research TRINITI (part of Rosatom). The Torg-Koms group of companies and FAW Eastern Europe signed a dealership agreement.
The event information partners were the leading industry, federal, and international media: the Interfax news agency, the Izvestia information centre, the Argus Media, the MetalTorg.Ru news agency, the Municipal Solid Waste magazine, the Ecologist’s Handbook magazine, the Market Electro magazine, the Cleandex portal, and the Helpinver portal.
The participants of the Scrap of Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals Forum and the MIR-Expo-2022 exhibition highly appreciated the level of the event and noted that its format is of great relevance in the current new stage of the industry development, which in 2021 was officially recognised as an independent one.
Founded in 1997, Rusmet Rating Agency LLC is a rating agency that develops a system of industry rating and analysis of market, prices, and their indices in the sphere of metal circulation, metal products, and scrap and waste of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. The company provides a wide range of services, the main of which are analytical studies of the metal scrap market, prices in this market, as well as the reliability assessment of the entities involved in the process of collecting, storing, processing, and selling scrap and metal waste.
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