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The waste management industry has been utilizing printed circuit board scraps (PCB e-scraps) for extracting useful materials. PCB e-scrap has been source to new materials, given the recent consumer consumption patterns, especially of households in developing and developed economies. The drive for e-scrap and PCB e-scrap market has further received traction on account of deployment of new waste-collection methods, recycling technology, and treatment methods. Governments in collaboration with the industry has put equal focus on all the elements, thereby bringing new avenues for investments for stakeholders in e-scrap collection and recycling markets. To a great deal, their focus gathers strength from the increasing trend of recycling for circular economy and the need for reducing the environment impact of these scraps if they are not adequately disposed of recycled. The last factor is due to a large part of the recycling is done by the informal sector.

The advent of modern recycling technologies focus on approaches promoting ecologically friendly and economically better ways of recycling.  As a result, various ferrous metals have been recovered, thus boosting new investments in the e-scrap and PCB e-scrap market. Over the years, there has been proliferation of production of waste containing telecommunication circuit cards. Among all regions, Asia Pacific has in recent years has seen this problem garnering attention of national players and policy markets. Of note, China has been a key driver for the developments in the Asia Pacific e-scrap and PCB e-scrap market. Both the countries are by far the largest generators of e-waste, particularly those containing PCBs. Governments in these nations have also become aware of the value chain gaps in the market, and have been supporting frameworks that can recycle PCB e-scraps efficiently and keeping in mind the environment. The governments is also keen to address the larger concern of economic circularity, supporting new technologies in the overall e-scrap and PCB e-scrap market.

Global E-Scrap and PCB E-Scrap Market: Snapshot

With advancements in technology, the demand for electronic and electrical equipment has risen dramatically. Persistent innovations in electronic and electrical technologies have further shortened the use-life of electronic and electrical products. This has enhanced the generation of e-waste or waste from electronic and electrical equipment. E-waste primarily comprises laptops, computers, mobile phones, television sets, and other electrical or electronic household appliances.

The market for e-scrap is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 5.6% by volume during the forecast period from 2017 to 2027. On the other hand, the global printed circuit board (PCB) e-scrap market was valued at 1.57 million tons in 2016 and is expected to reach 3.40 million tons by 2027, expanding at a CAGR of 7.3% from 2017 to 2027. The global e-scrap market was valued at 46.15 million tons and US$58.44 bn in 2016      

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Household Appliances Likely to Remain Dominant Source of E-scrap

The global e-scrap and printed circuit board (PCB) e-scrap market has been segmented on the basis of production source of e-scrap, type of PCB e-scrap, and material extracted from PCB e-scrap. Based on source of e-scrap, the market is classified into household appliances, IT and telecommunication products, entertainment devices, and others. In 2016, e-waste produced from household appliances accounted for the maximum share of the global e-waste market, at around 45% of the volume of the overall e-scrap and printed circuit board (PCB) e-scrap market. Moreover, the segment is expected to show sustainable growth throughout the forecast period due to high usage of various types of electronic equipment in household application in terms of units.

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In terms of PCB e-waste type, the market is segmented into telecommunication circuit cards, network communication boards, circuit packs, PC motherboards, and others. In 2016, the telecommunication circuit cards segment held the largest volume share of around 33% and a value share of 43% in the overall PCB e-scrap market. Moreover, it is expected to dominate the market throughout the forecast period.

In terms of material extracted from PCB e-scrap, the market is segmented into ferrous components, metals (copper, aluminum, tin), and precious metals (gold, silver, palladium). In 2016, the metals segment including copper, aluminum and tin held the largest volume share of around 63% and value share of 78% in the overall e-scrap and PCB e-scrap market in 2017.

China Market’s Growth Likely to Drive Asia Pacific E-scrap Market

Geographically, Asia Pacific is the largest market for e-scrap and PCB e-scrap. Asia Pacific is also expected to witness the fastest growth during the forecast period. China, India, Japan, Australia, and South Korea are among the major markets for e-scrap and printed circuit board (PCB) e-scrap in the Asia Pacific region. The Asia Pacific market was valued at US$19.43 bn in 2017 and is expected to rise to US$35.47 bn by 2027 at a sturdy CAGR of 6.2% in the 2017-2027 forecast period. China is the leading national market for e-scrap and PCB e-scrap in Asia Pacific and is bettered only by the U.S. as to its share in the global e-scrap and PCB e-scrap market.

The e-scrap market in North America is also projected to show moderate growth during the forecast period, but Europe held the second-largest volume share in the global e-scrap and PCB e-scrap market in 2017. The e-scrap market in Europe, valued at US$13 bn in 2017, is growing rapidly and is expected to maintain its growth due to growth of the manufacturing industry and rising demand for electronic equipment from households in this region.

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Moreover, the e-scrap market in Latin America and the Middle East and Africa is anticipated to witness sustainable growth in the near future, with the Middle East and Africa market for e-scrap and PCB e-scrap likely to exhibit a solid 5.8% CAGR in the 2017-2027 forecast period. The major factor fuelling the market’s growth in these regions is the rising adoption of electronic equipment and mobile phones in countries such as Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Israel, and Turkey. 

E-Scrap and Printed Circuit Board (PCB) E-Scrap Market: Snapshot

With more and more advances in terms of technology, the demand for electrical and electronic equipment has grown drastically. Consistent innovations in the field of electrical and electronics technologies have further cut down the overall life of these products. This has led to more generation of e-waste. E-waste chiefly consists of computers, laptops, television sets, mobile phones, and other household electronic devices.

The global market for e-scrap and printed circuited board e-scrap could be segmented in terms of the different types of source and by type. The global market could also be segmented in terms of geography as well. Such in depth and precise segmentation of the global e-scrap and printed circuited board e-scrap market offered by the report helps in grasping the all-round growth prospects and the future outlook of the different segments of the market and thus, helping the potential buyers to make informed decisions while investing in the market.

The report on e-scrap and printed circuited board e-scrap market provides the analysis and forecast on regional as well as global level. It offers historical data of the year 2015 along with the anticipated data of 2016, and a forecast data up to year 2026 in terms of revenue as well as volume. The report also provide vital driving and impeding factors for the development of the global e-scrap and printed circuited board e-scrap market and their impact on each region over the duration of the given forecast period. The report also offers the value chain analysis of the market with a list of key players. The research report on the global market for e-scrap and printed circuited board e-scrap provides vital growth prospects and key trends and opportunities that may come up in the market over the course of the given forecast period. The research report is the result of in-depth and extensive primary as well as secondary research methodologies backed by crucial market insights offered by the industry professionals.

E-Scrap and Printed Circuit Board (PCB) E-Scrap Market: Trends and Opportunities

The global market for e-scrap and printed circuited board e-scrap is chiefly driven by the increasing number of electronic products in households of urban areas. This growth in products can be attributed to growth in the disposable income of people in these areas. They are generating maximum amount e-waste from which recovering different metals is very important so as to save energy. In addition to this, recycling of this electronic waste also helps in bringing down the burden on the mining sector to provide primary metals.

Sustainable management of resources entails the segmentation of hazardous resources from the electronic waste and the maximum amount recover of vital metals. Thus, the e-waste recycling helps in cutting down the pollution, conserve energy, and cut down greenhouse emissions.

E-Scrap and Printed Circuit Board (PCB) E-Scrap Market: Geographical Segmentation

The global market for e-scrap and printed circuited board e-scrap can be segmented into five key regions depending upon the geography. The key regional segments of the market include North America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, Europe, and Latin America.

E-Scrap and Printed Circuit Board (PCB) E-Scrap Market: Key Players

Some of the key players plying their trade in the global market for E-scrap and printed circuit board (PCB) e-scrap market include names such as Boliden Group, Dowa Holdings Co. Ltd., Ultromext Ltd., Umicore N.V., and LS-Nikko Copper Inc. among others. These companies are projected to broaden their scrapping facilities to expand their business over the coming years of the forecast period. In addition to this, numerous players in the market are also expected to concentrate on streamlining their management of e-waste to make sure the sustainability of resource management and maximum recovery of the precious metals.

Market Segmentation:

by E-Scrap Source

  • Household Appliances
  • IT and Telecommunication Products
    • Smartphones
  • Entertainment Devices
  • Others

by PCB E-Scrap Type

  • Telecommunications Circuit Cards
  • Network Communication Boards
  • Circuit Packs
  • PC Motherboards
  • Smartphones
  • Others

by Material Recovered (PCB E-Scrap)

  • Ferrous Components
  • Metals (Copper, Aluminum, Tin)
  • Precious Metals (Gold, Silver, Palladium)

by Region

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East and Africa (MEA)
  • South America

by Countries

  • The U.S.
  • Canada
  • UK
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • France
  • Germany
  • Belgium
  • The Netherlands
  • Russia
  • Japan
  • China
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Thailand
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Australasia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • UAE
  • Kuwait
  • Qatar
  • South Africa
  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Colombia
  • Mexico


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