Scrap and secondary

How scrap metals and recyclable materials are driving the circular economy

Global scrap and secondary prices have never been more unpredictable. Recyclable materials are in high demand as the world shifts toward building a more sustainable future. Fastmarkets has been helping businesses across the supply chain by providing global, industry-leading coverage, for over 1,400 scrap metal prices, including steel, aluminum, and copper for over 130 years.

Whether you buy, sell or trade in the scrap and secondary markets, our IOSCO-compliant, transparent and benchmarked price data can help you to understand the forces driving market volatility, and act with confidence.

Keep track of the developments impacting the scrap markets, with regular market updates from our global team of industry experts giving you a clearer view of price trends and availability worldwide.

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What’s happening in the scrap and secondary markets?

Scrap markets are extremely volatile and what happens in one region can affect prices along the global supply chain. Stay ahead of the market with our scrap and secondary prices, news, forecasts and economic analysis.

Aluminum scrap generation in Europe is expected to decrease in the current quarter due to lower demand from downstream metal producers amid the domestic seasonal summer slowdown, according to the latest market overview from the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR)

Here are the key takeaways from market participants on scrap metal prices, market confidence, inventory and more from our July survey

Tight aluminium scrap availability, the increase in container costs, sluggish demand in the US and the US market’s current indifference to rising premiums in Europe and Asia were the top subjects discussed during the Harbor Aluminum Summit that took place in Chicago on June 4-6

Tata Steel intends to continue with plans to close its blast furnaces at the Port Talbot Steelworks in Wales, and called for both of the UK’s major political parties to adhere to the terms of its plan to develop a lower-emissions electric-arc furnace-based steelmaking plant on the site, the firm said on Tuesday June 11

Germany-based copper recycling and non-ferrous metal provider Aurubis has started commissioning their secondary smelter in Augusta, Georgia, and could eventually introduce black mass recycling to the facility

European scrap consuming electric arc furnace output is rising, with demand for higher grade scraps to produce flat steel expected to grow. Fastmarkets has launched prime grade scrap forecasts to capture this

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Market report

This report brings together a wide range of opinions from US scrap industry participants and delves into the expectations for the market in the upcoming month, providing a deep dive into price movements and market dynamics by region, market side and more.

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