Scrap Metals Year-End Update

FERROUS METALS:

Steel prices, which had been stuck in a narrow range for much of the year, began to slip in early autumn and may continue to fall into winter. While strong manufacturing trends continue to be reported by many buyers, hot-rolled coil traded at $640/ton Free On Board the steel mill in mid-November, and […]

December 30th, 2014|METALS MANAGEMENT|

Metal Prices Outlook

FERROUS METALS Shredded steel prices rose by as much as $15 per gross ton in July while prices for other obsolete grades like No. 1 heavy melt were only up by $5 to $10 per ton. But the rebound was brief. By mid-month these prices had retreated to June levels and some dealers were […]

August 25th, 2014|METALS MANAGEMENT|

Ferrous Metal Market Outlook

Ferrous scrap prices may take different paths in the coming months. Industrial steel scrap like No. 1 busheling could be on the high road, with its price climbing. But obsolete grades like heavy melt and shredded scrap could be left behind, or even lose some value. Steel sheet products, or lack of them, have […]

May 1st, 2014|METALS MANAGEMENT|

“GET THE LEAD OUT!” An End-of-Life Scrap Battery Program for Telcos and Beyond

Investment recovery in the telecommunication industry (‘telcos’ for short) is filled with many challenges, made more challenging with an increase in a wide range of surplus equipment due to technological advancements in fiber optics. However, one core investment recovery opportunity that remains constant is reclaiming the nonferrous metal lead from end-of-life batteries, and their […]

April 9th, 2014|METALS MANAGEMENT, Uncategorized|

Getting Granular: Glass Replaces Copper in Telcos

Copper granulation proves effective in recovering high value from copper cables.

In recent years, the major telephone companies (Telcos) have experienced massive technological advancements in their backbone networks, as well as their business and residential delivery systems, with fiber optics being the key driver. Copper telephone wiring—now a century old—has limited bandwidth capacity, and fiber optic cables allow for much higher capacity…at much […]

April 8th, 2014|METALS MANAGEMENT, Uncategorized|

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Ferrous Metal Market Outlook

Ferrous scrap prices may take different paths in the coming months. Industrial steel scrap like No. 1 busheling could be on the high road, with its price climbing. But obsolete grades like heavy melt and shredded scrap could be left behind, or even lose some value.

Steel sheet products, or lack […]

March 10th, 2014|METALS MANAGEMENT|

Feature Story: Scrap Metal Disposition Protocol – Accountability Counts!

Implementing a consistent scrap metal handling protocol is extremely important in order to promote transparency and accountability in the asset liquidation process. It also serves as assurance that you are getting the highest return from the sale of your material.

July 3rd, 2013|METALS MANAGEMENT|

An Updated Assessment of Copper Wire Thefts from Electric Utilities

Electric utilities and scrap metal dealers make up a sizeable percentage of membership in the Investment Recovery Association. The theft of copper wire represents a significant expense for utilities and reputable scrap dealers are participating in efforts to reduce this problem.

December 28th, 2010|METALS MANAGEMENT|

Practical Metals Managment

Scrap metal works on supply and demand, but other factors such as speculative investment funds have recently impacted prices more dramatically. Funds continue to move the commodity markets up and down with their movement of money in and out.

June 30th, 2009|METALS MANAGEMENT|

Developing an Effective and Sustainable Scrap Metal System

Knowing what not to do and what questions to ask keeps any scrap metal management system efficient, viable and profitable. Stewardship of a valuable asset is not “dealing with junk”. Much more is involved in providing effective scrap management than having “a deal” or contract in place with the local vendor. Beyond the basic definition of scrap and more sophisticated than simply separating ferrous from non-ferrous materials, lays a system of controls, checks and balances that requires proactive

June 27th, 2009|METALS MANAGEMENT|