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  • Major solar park inaugurated in Kingsey Falls, Quebec

    Pierre Arcand, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister responsible for the Northern Plan, Mario Plourde, president and chief executive officer of Cascades, and Mathieu Chagnon, president of Rackam, inaugurated the Alain-Lemaire Solar Park, which will supply energy to Kingsey Falls.

  • Novelis to close Ouro Preto aluminum smelter in Brazil

    Novelis, an aluminum rolling and recycling company, will focus its operations in Brazil on its core business of aluminum rolling and recycling.

  • Sims names Bill Schmiedel president of BIR Ferrous

    Sims Metal Management has elected Bill Schmiedel, president of Global Trade, to the position of president of the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) Ferrous Division. In addition to his position as president of BIR Ferrous, Schmiedel will serve on the Advisory Council of BIR.

    Schmiedel has been a vocal advocate for the ferrous metals recycling industry throughout his 40 year career, and his appointments are an important recognition of his significant contributions to the industry. In his current role of president of Global Trade for Sims Metal Management, Schmiedel is responsible for all ferrous export sales of deep sea and container shipments worldwide, representing circa 10 million tons traded annually across 6 continents.

    Sims also elected Autumn Gallello as a general delegate to the BIR Ferrous board. Gallello is an accomplished executive account manager, with a career spanning 13 years at Sims Metal Management. Gallello will be the first female to hold a position of such distinction, marking a significant milestone for the industry.

    Published in the December 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Global industrial waste market to double by 2020

    Regulations that facilitate a shift away from landfill towards more value-adding segments such as recycling are lending momentum to the global industrial waste management services market.

  • New waste-to-energy businesses in Italy created

    Reservoir Capital Corp. has entered into a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Saxa Gres S.r.L. to develop recycling, manufacturing, waste-to-energy and renewable energy businesses in Italy.

  • Vecoplan opens tech center in Germany

    Vecoplan celebrated the grand opening of its new 17,000 sq.ft. technology center in Bad Marienberg, Germany.

  • Europe recycled over 65 billion bottles

    PET is by far the most recycled plastic material recycled in Europe, with the equivalent of around 65 billion bottles recycled in 2013.

  • Novelis opens world’s largest aluminum recycling facility

    Novelis officially opened the world’s largest aluminum recycling center.

  • SwissRTec brings recycling technology to the U.S.

    A new company, swissRTec America, Inc., specializing in recycling technology, has opened its doors in Kensington, New Hampshire.

  • EU States to use TCO Certification when making IT purchases

    Earlier this year the EU Parliament adopted a new public procurement directive. The directive makes it easier for purchasing contracts – including those for information technology (IT) products – to include requirements for social and environmental responsibility from electronics manufacturers. Member countries have until 2016 to implement the new directive.

    The EU Parliament has signaled that social and environmental factors are now a priority in public purchasing. The use of relevant labels and certifications, such as TCO Certified, is encouraged, along with verification of product compliance. Buyers can now more easily take a sustainable, life cycle approach to the purchase of computers, smartphones and other electronics.

    Gabriella Blomgren, marketing director at TCO Development, stated. “[This directive] provides needed support for EU buyers wanting to make sustainable choices, with the help of labels and certifications.”

    Public purchasing in the EU is valued at 2000 billion Euros annually – approximately 20 percent of GDP. With the new directive, the public sector is now poised to make a significant contribution to sustainable development.

    IT products such as notebook computers, tablets and smartphones are linked to several sustainability challenges, including environmental hazards and poor working conditions in electronics manufacturing facilities.

    Blomgren concluded, “It’s important that buyers make their demands known to industry. When brands see there is a demand for sustainably, responsibly designed and made products, change for the better is more likely. TCO Certified offers manufacturers a way of making products that meet these new buyer demands and offers buyers a way of choosing the best products from a lifecycle cost perspective.”

    Published in the September 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • England set to miss recycling targets due to Government cuts, warns ECO Plastics

    Jonathan Short, the founder of plastics recycling company ECO Plastics, who appeared in front of the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee inquiry, said that Government cuts have led to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to pull back from making urgently needed policy reforms, just at the point when they are needed the most.

  • Director resigns post on Guanwei recycling board

    Guanwei Recycling Corp., a  clean tech manufacturer of recycled low density polyethylene in China, disclosed that Howard S. Barth, CPA CA, has stepped down from the Guanwei board of directors.

    Barth said his departure was for personal reasons.

    Published in the September 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Mauro Montanaro hired as general manager of APAC

    eRecyclingCorps (eRC) has hired Mauro Montanaro as managing director of APAC (Asia Pacific). Montanaro’s telecommunications experience in the Asia Pacific market will help guide eRC as the company continues to grow its global operations.

    Montanaro began his career at Nokia and rose to vice president of sales, multimedia and customer and market operations for South East Asia Pacific, where he managed a 44 member distributor network and 70,000 retailer points of sales networks across 14 countries. Montanaro  later became chief executive officer and president of Fox Mobile Group. Montanaro  held leadership positions at Microsoft and Newkia prior to joining eRC.

    Montanaro earned his law degree with honors from the Universita’ di Bologna, Italy and completed his MBA at the Helsinki School of Economics & Manchester Business School.

    Published in the September 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • SunEdison brings solar power to India’s villagers

    SunEdison, Inc., a solar technology manufacturer and provider of solar energy services, announced a new project that will install 159 kilowatts (kW) of solar PV micro-grids with battery storage in six remote Indian villages, which will bring electricity to, and thereby improve health and education for, 4,875 off-grid people.

  • Inaccess to monitor Panama’s first utility-scale solar power plant

    Inaccess, a global provider of solar monitoring and control systems, has successfully commissioned its solar power plant optimization solution, insolar, at a 2.4 MW solar power plant in Sarigua, a desert region in Panama’s Herrera province.

  • Novelis completes sale of consumer foil business

    Novelis Inc. has completed the sale of its North American consumer foil products business to Reynolds Consumer Products LLC for $33.75 million. The transaction includes foil manufacturing plants in Toronto, Ontario and Vancouver, BC, in addition to sales offices and distribution facilities in other locations.

    Published in the August 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Hendrickson acquires segments of Frauenthal

    Hendrickson has acquired the leaf spring and stabilizer segments from the Austrian Frauenthal Group along with a number of their subsidiaries in Europe.

    “This acquisition of this business will enable us to broaden our footprint in Europe to better support our global spring customer base,” stated Gary Gerstenslager, president and chief executive officer Hendrickson. The transaction will close later this year.

    Published in the August 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • TransForce acquires Veolia Solid Waste Canada

    TransForce Inc. disclosed that Matrec, a wholly-owned subsidiary of TransForce, has acquired the majority of assets of Veolia E.S. Matières Résiduelles Inc. operating under the name of Veolia Solid Waste Canada.

    In the last 12 months, Veolia Solid Waste Canada generated annual revenues of more than $30.0 million and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of more than $5.0 million. The purchase price of $25.0 million, excluding estimated working capital of $5.0 million, represents an Enterprise Value to trailing 12-month EBITDA multiple of less than 5.5 times.

    Veolia Solid Waste Canada has been operating in the Quebec City, Montreal and the Beauce regions for more than 40 years. It offers collection, transportation, disposal and recycling of trash and industrial waste to municipalities, as well as to commercial and industrial customers.

    Published in the August 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Automotive production sets record, surpasses 1 billion mark

    Global production of automobiles keeps rising to new heights. London-based IHS Automotive puts light vehicle production in 2013 at 84.7 million, up from 81.5 million in 2012.

  • Steel imports increase 7 percent in May

    Based on preliminary Census Bureau data, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported that the U.S. imported a total of 4,016,000 net tons (NT) of steel in May, including 2,925,000 NT of finished steel (up 7.4 percent and 6.4 percent, respectively, vs. April final data).