Recycled Metal Market
Recycled Metal Market (Metal - Ferrous Metals, Non-ferrous Metals (Aluminum, Copper, Lead, and Others), Precious Metals; End use - Building and Construction, Automotive, Electrical and Electronics, Shipbuilding, Industrial Machinery) - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast, 2018 - 2026
- Chemicals & Materials
- 270 Pages
Recycled Metal Market – Snapshot
Scrap metals collected from various sources are raw materials used in metal recycling. Scrap metals are separated and processed several times to yield recycled metals. Scrap metals are primarily collected from discarded automotive components, construction materials, electronic devices, electrical goods, etc. Major companies operating in the recycled metal market procure scrap metals from scrap collecting companies, brokers, dealers, industrial manufacturers, municipal organizations, individuals, etc. Ferrous, non-ferrous, and precious metals are key product types of the global recycled metal market. Ferrous metals include iron and steel. Non-ferrous metals product segment includes metals such as aluminum, copper, zinc, nickel, and lead. Precious metals such as gold, silver, and palladium are also recycled.
Metals produced through recycling are widely used in numerous industries such as automotive, building & construction, shipbuilding, electrical & electronics, home appliances, and industrial machinery. Rise in awareness about conservation of energy and natural resources across the world plays a key role in encouraging manufacturers to recycle metals. Furthermore, secondary production of metals through recycled metal is less expensive owing to energy efficiency of the process. Thus, economic advantages of recycled metals is boosting the demand for these metals.
Steel is one of the most recycled metals. Ferrous metals (iron and steel) are used extensively in various industries such as automobiles, appliances, construction, and packaging. Ferrous metals are metals with iron and magnetic properties. Iron and steel scrap are some of the widely recycled metals in the world. This scrap comes from end-of-life products and fragments generated through manufacturing processes. Scrap, which is used in steel production, plays an important role in the steelmaking industry. Around 40% of iron and steel products are manufactured from the scrap of ferrous metals.
Aluminum is one of the highly recycled materials after steel. Almost 630 million tons of recycled steel was produced in 2017. Aluminum, copper, lead, zinc, nickel, titanium, cobalt, and chromium are the commonly used non-ferrous metals. Large amount of non-ferrous scrap is recovered every year. This scrap is used by refiners, smelters, foundries, and ingot makers. Among non-ferrous metals, copper and other metals such as tin and nickel are expected to provide higher growth opportunities in terms of revenue. In terms of volume, copper and aluminum are majorly recycled metals across the world, with mature market conditions being observed in the U.S., Japan, and Western Europe.
Precious metals such as gold, silver, platinum, and palladium are the other metals that are recycled. Precious metals are recycled in lower amounts, as they are costlier compared to ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Extraction of these metals from the earth’s crust entails high expenditure, as these are rare metals. However, currently, low amount of precious metals are being recycled due to factors such as low recycling of precious metals such as gold and platinum-group metals, complexities in the recycling process, and high costs required for recycling of these metals.
Recycled metal can be utilized in industries such as building & construction, automotive, shipbuilding, electrical & electronics, industrial machinery, household appliances, packaging, and power transmission. Demand for recycled metal market is increasing primarily due to the rise in demand in building & construction, industrial machinery, and shipbuilding industries. The number of regulations on the usage of recycled metal in these industries is lower than that in automotive and electrical & electronics industries. However, metal can be recycled without altering its properties. This facilitates its consumption in large number of applications.
Automotive is anticipated to be a highly lucrative application segment of the recycled metal market during the forecast period. The industry is estimated to experience an unprecedented growth rate in the next few years. Usage of recycled metal in the automotive industry is estimated to rise significantly owing to the low cost and low energy involved in the production of secondary metals. Growth in building & construction (especially new construction) and electrical & electronics industries in Asia Pacific, particularly in China, India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, and Vietnam, is projected to provide lucrative opportunities to the recycled metal market. Expansion in building & construction, automotive, and industrial machinery industries in North America and Europe is also likely to offer lucrative opportunities to the recycled metal market.
The nature of products being considered for recycled metals plays an important role in the recycled metal market. The metal scrap stock that is used for recycled metal needs to undergo several processing steps. Therefore, selection and collection of scrap is a major challenge faced by the recycled metal industry. Lack of stringent rules and regulations to organize the flow of waste is hampering the recycled metal market in developing countries. Lack of consumer awareness about recycling of products obstructs the scrap collection process. A negligible percentage of discarded electronic goods and household appliances is directed to scrap collectors in developing countries. Lack of policies to direct the end-of-life goods to scrap collectors is anticipated to be a major restraining factor of the recycled metal market during the forecast period. Furthermore, issues such as metal theft and lack of consumer awareness are anticipated to adversely impact the global recycled metal market in the next few years. The comparatively inferior quality and purity of secondary metals obtained from recycling is also likely to hamper the demand for recycled metals during the forecast period.
Expansion in Recycled Metal Market to Ride on Wave of Sustainability
Recycling of scrap metals has made giant strides for more than a decade now. Compelling propositions for the use of recycled metals drive the industry funding on recycling infrastructure world over. For one, using recycle metals substantially eases the stress on mining resources, promote the concepts of circular economy, and wide range of applications of recycled metals. More importantly, the presence of reliable recycling technologies has enabled industry stakeholders to retain the quality. Some of the key materials used are aluminum, steel, iron, copper, and brass. Over the years, brands across industries are leaning on using some percentage of recycled materials. A case in point is the growing traction of use of recycled metals in food and beverage packaging. Another lucrative end-use application in the recycled metal market is the construction industry, where the use of recycled aluminum is growing substantially. Automotive industry has also been leveraging the economical sustainability of recycled metals to convince their green credentials as socially- and economically-responsible business in the wake of rising carbon footprints. Further, strides in the recycled metal market have led to significant extraction of high-value metals such as copper, brass, gold, and silver from scraps. The prospects in the market are virtually limitless, with governments and other industry stakeholders constantly trumpeting the multiple benefits of recycled metals.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the aftermath of the outbreaks has changed the face of businesses across almost all industries. The still looming health crisis has spurred the consideration of new business models that use digital and virtual ICT to connect with customers and consumers. The pandemic has brought forth new paradigms that merit attention, and the impacts on the research and development avenues will be no doubt be significant. In a bid to form a positive image among consumers, businesses in various industries are becoming more socially and economically responsible. There has been steadily growing attention on environmental sustainability before sourcing raw materials and the logistics companies use. The recycled metals market has also witnessed these impacts on various levels, and some are going to linger on even after the pandemic is over.
Recycled Metal Market – Overview
Scrap metals collected from various sources are raw materials used in metal recycling. Scrap metals are separated and processed several times to yield recycled metal. Scrap metals are primarily collected from discarded automotive components, construction materials, electronic devices, electrical goods, etc. Ferrous, non-ferrous, and precious metals are key product types of the global recycled metal market. Ferrous metals include iron and steel. Non-ferrous metals include aluminum, copper, zinc, nickel, and lead. Precious metals such as gold, silver, and palladium are also recycled.
Recycled metal can be used in various industries such as building & construction, automotive, shipbuilding, electrical & electronics, industrial machinery, household appliances, packaging, and power transmission. Ferrous metals (iron and steel) are the widely used metals in various industries such as automobiles, appliances, construction, and packaging. Aluminum, copper, lead, zinc, nickel, titanium, cobalt, and chromium are the commonly used non-ferrous metals. Precious metals such as gold, silver, platinum, and palladium are the other metals that are recycled. Precious metals are recycled in lower amounts as they are costlier compared to ferrous and non-ferrous metals.
Primary production of metals entails extraction of metals from metal ores, where a large amount of energy is required for the extraction process. Secondary production involves the preparation of metals from scrap collection. The nature of products being considered for recycled metals plays an important role in the recycled metal market. The metal scrap stock that is used for recycled metal needs to undergo several processing steps. Therefore, selection and collection of scrap is a major challenge faced by the recycled metal industry. Cars and consumer electronic goods are a major source of recycled metal. Developed countries in Europe have implemented stringent laws regarding the end-of-lifecycle vehicles. Awareness about the recycling of old products is high among consumers and producers of automotive and electronics. This facilitates easy collection of scrap metal that is ready to be used for recycling purposes.
Manufacturers are shifting toward the production of metals through recycling due to the increase in awareness about energy conservation. Major producers of metals are focusing on lowering their environmental footprint by adopting advanced energy management systems. Players in the metal industry have also implemented energy-efficient production processes. This helps reduce the cost of production. Producers of ferrous and non-ferrous metals have started producing metals from scrap through the recycling process in order to strengthen environmental sustainability. Recycled metal is projected to help industry players achieve their sustainability goals in the near future. This, in turn, is estimated to propel the recycled metal market in the next few years.
The report analyzes and forecasts the market for recycled metal at the global and regional level. The market has been forecast based on volume (kilo tons) and revenue (US$ Mn) from 2018 to 2026. The study includes drivers and restraints of the global recycled metal market. It also covers the impact of these drivers and restraints on the demand for recycled metal during the forecast period. The report also highlights opportunities in the recycled metal market at the global and regional level.
The report comprises a detailed value chain analysis, which provides a comprehensive view of the global recycled metal market. The Porter’s Five Forces model for the recycled metal market has also been included to help understand the competitive landscape. The study encompasses market attractiveness analysis, wherein applications are benchmarked based on their market size, growth rate, and general attractiveness.
The study provides a decisive view of the global recycled metal market by segmenting it in terms of grade, application, and region. These segments have been analyzed based on the present and future trends. Regional segmentation includes the current and forecast demand for recycled metal in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. The report also covers the demand for individual application segments in all the regions.
The study includes profiles of major companies operating in the global recycled metal market. Key players profiled in the global recycled metal market include Sims Metal Management Ltd., European Recycled Metal, OmniSource Corporation, Schnitzer Steel Industries Inc., and Nucor Corporation. Market players have been profiled in terms of attributes such as company overview, business strategies, recent developments, financial details, etc.
The report provides the estimated market size of recycled metal for 2017 and forecast for the next nine years. The global size of the recycled metal market has been provided in terms of volume and revenue. Market numbers have been estimated based on metal, end-user, and region. Market size and forecast for each grade and application have been provided in terms of global and regional markets.
- The report provides extensive analysis of market trends and shares of the recycled metal market from 2017 to 2026 at the global as well as regional level in terms of metal and end-user segments
- It also provides detailed country level analysis and forecast for key countries (the U.S., Canada, Germany, France, the U.K., Spain, Italy, Russia & CIS, China, Japan, India, ASEAN, Brazil, Mexico, GCC, and South Africa) and the rest of the area in each region with respect to different segments
- It includes detailed Porter’s Five Forces Analysis and value chain analysis. These comprise integration among market players along with identification of potential key customers of recycled metal.
- The report further analyzes various market drivers, inhibitors, current & future market trends, and emerging applications
- It comprises detailed pricing analysis with respect to various metals and regions. It includes regional level production output scenario in the recycled metal market.
- Competition landscape covers key companies, market share analysis, market footprint analysis, and competition matrix of key players
The global Recycled Metal Market is segmented as below: